Originally Posted by Ncc84
I don't agree america had a much higher talent level back then, I think it appears that way because there wasn't as much competition for them to be compared to.
America looks better in the 80s because the majority of the top tens were americans. But that is only because most of the best boxing nations were not competing.
Amateur success doesn't always transfer to pro success, you're right, but it is still relevant. It is unusual for a very good pro to not have been a good amateur unless they went pro very early.
If all the successful EE ams were going pro in the 80s the top tens woul look very much as they do now.
Come on man, are you serious? All you have to do is look a film of pat fighters to see they actually employed body punching, had better stamina and were better combination punchers. If the eastern Europeans had fought in the 80's and 90's I'm sure the top 10's would look different, but they certainly wouldn't look like today where Americas talent has severely dwindled at heavyweight.