Re: Emile Griffith vs. Roberto Duran at 147
Well, it depends on how important you think a single perfromance is.
Griffith wasn't a fighter who rellied upon strength. When he matched strength with **** Tiger, he did just fine. Tiger is regarded as one of the strongest fighters in history and is a weight class heavier than Griffith. Just because Griffith doesn't USE his stength, why is that reason for ranking Bassilo as stronger because he does? Do you think of the Griffith-Tiger fights as anomolies? That they don't matter because Griffith was a little heavier? What does additinal proof of strenght matter, at all? Do you think Basillo would match Tiger for strength? Griffith muscled Parret, too.
It also interests me that Clancey knew before the fight that matching strength would not be an issue for Emile. He had total confidence in his man's strength.