Re: Oscar Bonavena vs. Earnie Shavers
I have little doubt Bonavena would win this one.
Oscar seemed to go into another mode when he fought hard hitters as opposed to slick boxers. I mean he was durable as hell against hard hitters while he looked fallible against boxers like Ali and Ellis. When he set himself, as he did against the punchers, he could not be hurt. He had way more skills and boxing savvy than he has ever been credit for. Note how he moves around Joe Frazier and defend himself behind his crab defense in their first fight. He was physically very strong and had sufficient stamina for a long fight. And he could hit hard in his own right. All these are bad news for Shavers.
Bonavena by tko in the middle rounds.