Originally Posted by lefthook31
Tucker was the best of all the 80's contenders. He had skill, a good chin and a decent punch, plus really he was the first big man with these type of skills. Drugs probably kept him under the radar a bit and diminished what he could have been. He basically went into the Tyson fight with a fractured hand and shattered it badly in the opening rounds.
By 80's contenders do you mean everyone not named Tyson or Holmes?
I'm fairly impressed by Tucker on film but there's a few 80's alpha champs who I'd not only rank above him in terms of resume (more than a few if it's resume) but head to head as well.
Witherspoon, Dokes, and Thomas were three really, really good fighters that I'd pick to beat any version of Tucker assuming they themselves were close to their A game.
I do agree though that Tucker had potential coming out of his ears. It's a pity, being 6'5 with his agility and chin he should of been able to accomplish so much more.