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Old 09-21-2009, 10:36 AM   #13
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Default Re: Emile Griffith vs. Roberto Duran at 147

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Originally Posted by McGrain View Post
Griffith himself was quite happy that he matched Tiger for strength. He was surprised by it, pleasently surprised, the game plan was Arcel's and it seems that Griffith didn't really believe in it 100%, though he clearly believed in Arcel.

I'm also surprised that Tiger was able to enforce his strength on so many other fighters if it was just a case of "not letting him get his feet underneath him". You've got to wonder why every man and his monkey didn't "hold his own in certain inside exchanges". Tiger was accomplished at enforcing his strength upon other men.

Regardless, i'm quite happy that Griffith was a stronger man than Duran. Unless, of course, Duran was able to match him on the inside before Griffith was able to get his feet underneath him.
A very real possibility. Griffith must've been tripped up for about a 4 fight period against Rodriguez.

Tiger was always able to impose his strength against men who stood their ground with him, otherwise it took him a minute to get his bearings and really start to impose himself. He was a very patient fighter anywhere in the ring, including the inside. Were Griffith to have stood his ground for prolonged periods, as I stated above, it would've proved that he could match strength with a fading Dick Tiger. He didn't do that, so he didn't prove it. He executed a very well laid out gameplan in the first fight (and still arguably lost because he wasn't able to deal with Tiger's strength and fury as well as you seem to think) and beat a shell of the same fighter in the rematch, mostly by boxing him from afar.

Sorry, I just don't see where you're coming from.
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