Re: What if the Soviets had always been allowed to fight in the pro ranks?
People forget that Americans were doing pretty damn good with winning Olympic medals in boxing during that era as well. Ali = Gold medal, Foreman = Gold, Frazier = Gold
it is a myth, usually perpetuated by ex-communists who believe that great amateur success = a great professional fighter.
Since the Berlin Wall fell former soviet boxers have produced less than 25% of the HW world champions & thats their best division.
Look at the transnational boxing rankings, ex-USSR dominance is a myth.