Originally Posted by Calabrese
Beating Virchis, Ruiz, Valuev (all very close decisions) is NOT equal to beating Byrd twice, McCline, Jefferson, Mercer, Botha, Peter, Brock, etc; being a two time titlist; having over 50 pro fights; being a fomer Olympic gold medalist - I can keep going here...
Chagaev hasn't even 30 pro fights and hasn't had a single defense of his paper title yet - let's not get carried away.
That's about all Wladimir has on Chagaev.. he's been around longer. Chagaev on the other hand also has something over Wlad in that he's undefeated. Wladimir has a couple of embarassing losses on his resume, don't forget.
And I don't see how Byrd, McCline, Brock, Jefferson, and past-their-best Botha and Mercer are any better than Ruiz, Virchis, and Valuev. Let's not forget that Ruiz frustrated the hell out of the division for quite some time, and let's also not forget that Valuev was an undefeated champion until he met Chagaev.