Originally Posted by Bummy Davis
I say Foreman had the biggest build up of nobody's leading to a title shot, with a toasted Chuvalo and Boone Kirkman as top 15 opponents, he struggled badly with Peralta 1st fight and they stopped the 2nd but PERALTA WAS NEVER HURT and they stopped it with Foreman winging. Holmes had another no name build up until the Norton fight and there was a controversy and indictment over his paid rankings( JOHN ORT of Ring magizine) Shavers was another,Duane Bobick was also a build up and Gerry Cooney but Big George takes the cake
I agree on Foreman, the guys he fought the year before fighting Frazier are usually the ones someone fights in his first pro fight.
I think another one worth mentioning is Cleveland Williams.
Elmer Ray had a pretty padded record too i think. Roland Lastarza too.
Not taking anything away from their ability by the way, but their records were padded badly.