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Old 10-02-2007, 04:48 PM   #27
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Default Re: Rocky Marciano -vs- Floyd Patterson

Originally Posted by PowerPuncher
Who did Abe Simon beat that was any good other than Walcot though? Chuvalo is more proven at a higher level. Both are limited
Men Simon defeated besides Walcott:

1. Roscoe Toles (rated five times between 1937 & 1942, peaking at #4 contender in 1942)
2. Gunnar Barlund (#3 contender in 1936, #8 contender in 1939)
3. Al Hart (#9 contender in 1944)
also drew with Turkey Thompson, rated six times in forties, peaking at #3 in 1949.

I wouldn't say Chuvalo wasn't proven against better opponents on the whole, but Simon was 50 lbs heavier and 3 inches taller. He would have been a pretty big bite to chew for a man who never defeated a rated fighter over 208 or even a trial horse over 213 (Charley Powell). This proved true for Walcott, also.
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