Originally Posted by McGrain
The thing is - do you see Marciano being stopped in the first round? Or is it the first clean punch? Or is it two or three really big punches thrown in seperate exchanges? What is it?
I ask because Rock is a tryer. There's a LOT said about how fighter's "don't try" against Wlad. The truth is, of course, he breaks them. He won't break Rocky. He has to knock him out ALL the way. Whilst he's waiting to be knocked out he'll be closing the distance and looking to land Q.
So what do you see?
It is pure speculation that Wlad wouldn't break Rocky. Nobody would have ever assumed that Ali would make Liston quit on his stool but he did. Very few people expected Wlad to break Brewster in the rematch but he did. Brewster seemed every bit the warrior Rocky was until that rematch. Rocky has never been in the ring with a 6'6 guy who is so difficult to hit and hits so hard as Wlad. If he doesn't land a clean punch for 5 - 6 rounds, which might very well happen, his warrior heart would be tested in a whole new way.