Originally Posted by Bill1234
You don't go 15 close rounds with Muhammad Ali, and 23 rounds with Holmes being mediocre. Shavers was a good fighter caught up in the wrong era. He'd be the champion now. He would have been one of the elites in the 90's.
Morrison had power and to some extent he was one of the elite albiet second tier fighters of the 90s
Mercer had power in his hands too. He wasnt a puncher of Shaver's calibre but he fell short against Holyfield and Lewis.
Bruno had elite power but eclipsed any of the 90s fighters.
Tua had dynamite power but again never even picked up a belt. And he was far more durable and fundamentally sound than Shavers.
Ruddock had elite power but again fell short.
Shavers would make a mark in the 90s much like he did the 70s but the notion that he'd be the MAN in the division would be short lived the moment he took on Tyson, Holyfield, Bowe or Lewis.