Originally Posted by EelsRule
Nievas is about Thornberrys level, maybe a little higher because he could KO people. Most would agree, except (but probably only for the duration of the present debate) for the rednecks.
Calzaghes fight with Thorberry was worse because Joe was a totally established world champ at the time. It was about his 10th title fight. It was essentially Mundines 1st defense of this title. Many, most or all take an easy title defense first up. Also, Thornberry went the distance with Calzaghe.
Also Thornberry went the distance with Ottke, sure take an easy defence, but when Mundine is always constantly saying he only wants the big fights with Kessler, JC, Hopkins etc, then he drags out guys like Acosta, Nishi and Nieves, his huggers jump in and say it's ok for a tune up etc.
Hopkins etc wouldn't even know who Mundine was as he has nothing to offer as far as a title or recognised international name.