Originally Posted by fleaman
I agree on the Hopkins comparison, but who wins between the two? Only seen Giardello vs Gil Turner, not a good stylistic counterpart to Hopkins, but would Giardellos business and movement cause Hop problems or would Hop win the battle of wits?
I see it as the kind of a fight that'd go to a close, possibly controversial decision each time, provided that Giardello is at his best of course.
The Downes fight is just one out of a hundred fights, much like the No Mas fight for Duran. No one should judge him based on that performance. All the boxing clinics Giardello put on against the best contenders of the era far outweigh that non-effort against Downes.