Originally Posted by Boxed Ears
Of course. Go back and watch him versus Calzaghe and Andrade and then watch him versus Froch and Green. This isn't even a question, to me. Don't get me wrong, he's still a top five (3, probably) SMW in the world until proven otherwise, and he's a rock-solid, class fighter, but he's a much duller version of what he was at his peak. This guy's had a lot of physical wear and tear. I'm not talking a tremendous amount of punches, but just physically, the grind of the sport, the training and everything, he's had a lot of well-documented difficulty, and it's clear he's not what he once was.
agree with this.
He fought Beyer with a rib injury.
Even though he denied it in a pre-fight interview, he had a hand injury for the Calzaghe fight.
Fight against Mundine in Austraila had to be put back because of a back injury.
Then there was the eye problem that forced the withdraw from the Super Six.
There is also documented injuries with both hands and elbows.