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Old 02-05-2010, 07:55 PM   #80
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Default Re: ESB Classic Forum All-Time Rankings by Division (Lightweights Updated-December 8)

Originally Posted by burt bienstock View Post
inthe alltime lightweight poll of ESB,I would put Benny Leonard NO I, because he dominated the lightweight division for 7 years, against the strongest challengers in the history of the division. Duran ,I would place along with Ike Williams, and Tony Canzoneri, NO 2 and 3, with Joe Gans, great fighter of the long ago past in the mix....But for ESB poll ,putting Pernell Whitaker NO4 is ludercrous...For example, Henry Armstrong, or a young, volume punching Beau Jack [who I saw many times],wouldsimply overwhelm Whitaker. Pernell could only dodge so many bullets, before his luck would run out...I would also bet the ranch that Shane Mosely as lightweight would whip Whitaker.....

I agree with that Burt. I have the lighweights ranked about the same. I also think Armstrong would be too much for Pea W. as high as I rate him among modern fighters. Shane may be getting up there in age but if he get in good form and pulls one out of the past he will give Floyd a good match. Shane takes more chances than Floyd. However I like shane at 130-147, I think 154 is not where he does his best work although he did great vs Margarito
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