Originally Posted by Duodenum
When it came to cuts, Jerry wasn't exactly Wepner or Antuofermo. Four of his nine defeats were due to cuts, and he had 66 professional bouts in all, so I'm not sure he was the bleeder he's been stereotyped as.
Most cuts are inflicted by a clash of heads, an unlikely scenario with the height disparity involved here. Quarry's 12 rounder with Lyle was a masterpiece of ring generalship, and Lyle was a better tactician than I believe Klitschko was. Quarry performed very poorly against Ellis, but Jimmy probably had the better sparring partner in training to help him prepare for Jerry. Again, Klitschko was probably not in Ellis's league as a strategist, but a good rudimentary stand-up stylist with substantial height and reach. Quarry would not be facing Ali, Ellis or Frazier, but a stiff, semi-mobile adversary.
I don't think Klitschko would be doing the countering in this one. Jerry was able to make Lyle move the way Quarry wanted, and I simply don't understand how Klitschko could possibly possess the level of ring savvy Lyle did, let alone Jerry. Nor would he be able to get inside Quarry's head the way Ali did.
I agree Quarry looked terrific against Lyle ,mobile and countering with 3 and 4 punch combos ,but Lyle wasnt that versatile,and I would question that he had any more ring savy than Vitali,Lyle was a late starter only a few months behind Ali in age but well deficient in experience,I think Klitschko keeps his composure well and is durable enough to get the job done,Ive just watched Quarry against Lyle ,Bodell, Shavers,Miteff,and Alexander,so the impressions are fresh in my mind,ps,Alexander dropped Quarry like a sack of spuds in the 1st round with a beautiful rising left hook,Jerry was dazed and hurt when he got up,still a bit wobbly in the 2nd ,he regrouped and dropped Alexander with right hand counters to force a stoppage,really I think this fight could go either way so I wont argue too strongly against your scenario,which as allways is astute and objective.