Originally Posted by sweet_scientist
Gavilan is so diverse there's not many that he would be stylistically weak against but yeah Hearns would probably be my choice. I don't see Gavilan being out of his depth with any welter though really, even though some might nick a decision off him.
Gavilan may not have hit hard enough to take advantage of Hearns' greatest weaknesses, which puts him at something of a disadvantage here, but I think it also remains to be seen how Hearns would handle his skill and workrate on the inside. I wouldn't rule out Gavilan hustling Hearns to a decision win.
Funny that Gavilan has been brought up in this thread, as I always felt he and Ross had comparable styles and attributes. Both were very fast, aggressive boxers, both very skilled but also willing to mix it at close quarters, and both renown for their iron chins (and neither were ever stopped).