Originally Posted by lefthook31
I wouldnt consider Joppy and Holmes big strong middleweights. Yes natural, but not the biggest or strongest, and Im not implying Hopkins was weak nor did he not face strong guys. Hagler was certainly as strong as Echols or Allen, but a 100 times better fighter and they gave Hopkins some problems back in the day.
I agree Hagler is of course much better than Echols and Allen but I don't see the correlation. Hopkins is better than Antuofermo and Duran at mddleweight who gave Hagler a few problems.
In terms of strength I have never seen Hopkins dominated. I just rewatched Hopkins/Echols 2 and whenever Hopkins came forward he forced Echols back and he showed he was stronger also in the clinches. But of course Hagler was physically stronger than anyone else he fought but Hopkins would not be completely overwhelmed physically by Hagler based upon what he showed at middleweight and especially Light Heavyweight.