Originally Posted by Sweet Pea
You bring that up a lot. I think he more or less just matched up with Tiger very well. I don't think he proved his strength at WW the way you seem to think at all. He was more of a pure out-boxer with very good inside skills than a physically imposing fighter. Very strong, no doubt, but hardly in the discussion of fighters I'd consider among the strongest. Again, when did he prove that kind of strength outside of the Tiger bout, when he more or less stuck to his old stick and move strategy interspersed with moments of clinching and in-fighting? And when did he prove it at WW? I think for sure a guy like Carmen Basilio was stronger.
Maybe the Paret fights?
Benny seemed like a pretty strong, no bull**** kind of fighter.
Though I have only watched their second fight two or three times...dont like watching the ones with the sad endings.