Originally Posted by TheGreatA
He usually only lost to the best so I don't think so. Scored some big upsets and was the victim of a couple. He was fortunate to have many of his fights in his hometown of Oakland, California although he never seemed to receive any hometown decisions.
Aye, he had some people behind him which makes all the difference.
I don't say he tanked, but he perhaps carried fighters. Once used up he may have climbed into the ring for tank-jobs, and he does have a couple of odd KO losses, to Morrow and Wade. Burley and Moore had more power than both and they clatter Smith on film with little resut. Of course, i'm speculating here.
As far as a counter argument goes Burley was asked to carry Smith and on the winning end versus CK which speaks of a protected fighter, if anything.