Re: Who Was The Greater Fighter Salvador Sanchez or Ruben Olivares
The discipline, conditioning, intelligence and consistency Sanchez brought to the table convinces me that he would clearly have come to be rated higher had he lived to retirement from the sport. Danny Lopez was at his peak and seemingly invincible when Sal dominated him twice. Sanchez ended his career by stopping Azumah Nelson in 15, a match where Sal was clearly not feeling his best. Nelson never would have beaten Sanchez, something to consider in light of Nelson's subsequent career. Sal's crushing of Gomez was one for the ages.
Sal often boxed down to the level of inferior competition, but elevated himself to an entirely different plane with Gomez and Lopez. At the time, it was commonly assumed that stepping up in weight to challenge Arguello would have been too much for him, but the shocking way he dealt with Lopez and Gomez has to be taken into consideration, and we can't forget how young he was when he died. He was clearly going to get better.
Even without the speculation on what might have been, Sal's career ending streak of ten consecutive championship wins surpasses anything Olivares did. Ruben did keep coming back from setback after setback, but Sanchez never had to.