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Old 07-06-2007, 10:55 AM   #16
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Yet I don't consider them 'unbeatable', and I'm sure you don't either.

In 1946, Robinson was arguably saved from a long count when he was planted by Artie Levine.
You and i both know nobody is realistically unbeatable, but SRR would probably be as close as anyone at 147. Closer actually. Middleweight, well damn it's crowded. 175 is crowded. 135 is crowded. Feather is crowded. Bantam is a bit more open but Jofre has Zarate and Olivares none the less. Personally i think Ali and SRR are a bit above the rest here with jofre worthy of big mention. Hank (Or Pep if you like) has Pep, Saddler. Sanchez, Fenech, Nelson and co. Duran has Williams, Whitaker, Leonard and maybe a couple more. Yes, i'll bracket Ali with SRR and worthy mention Jofre.
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:12 AM   #17
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Obviously, yes.
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Old 07-06-2007, 03:14 PM   #18
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:15 AM   #19
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JT,do you think robinson was closer to being unbeatable at welter than leonard?
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:21 AM   #20
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JT,do you think robinson was closer to being unbeatable at welter than leonard?
Yes. I believe Robinson would beat Leonard. I also believe Hearns had one helluva chance of beating SRL in a rematch at 147. Having said all this next to nobody else beats SRL at 147 IMO. Gavilan, Griffith, Napoles, all super hard fights but i can see Ray L finding the way home in all of them.
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:22 AM   #21
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What are your thoughts on the matter, it's very tight no matter what way we look at it. I have the two Ray's 1 and 2.
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:37 AM   #22
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What are your thoughts on the matter, it's very tight no matter what way we look at it. I have the two Ray's 1 and 2.
Can't argue with that. Robinson's record up until he challenged Lamotta for the middleweight title was something like 120-1, with the only loss suffered coming at the hands of Lamotta in 1943 at welterweight. Even though little footage exists of Robinson at welterweight in his prime, we can still gauge how good he was after seeing many of his middleweight matches. Although Leonard never had the longetivy of Robinson at welterweight, he does have quality wins. Benitez, Hearns and Duran among others.
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:38 AM   #23
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Of course he could be. He already was. And a good few fighters from other eras could have done it.
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:53 AM   #24
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Can't argue with that. Robinson's record up until he challenged Lamotta for the middleweight title was something like 120-1, with the only loss suffered coming at the hands of Lamotta in 1943 at welterweight.
Remember too, the loss was not actually a welter loss. No matter what Robinson weighed, Jake was WAY over 147 of course. As a matter of fact technically he came in as a light heavyweight.
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:35 PM   #25
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Old 07-07-2007, 05:14 PM   #26
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It is hard to evalute robinson at welter because of little footage. When folks say he would have been better at 147 than at middle i query this,as some fighters improve as they go up or just maintain the same level,eg eubank improved at supermiddle from middle,duran still maintained his greatmess 12 pounds up from welter,and SOME say tommy was better at 154 than 147. (im not sure about that actually.) Some fighters do actually need those extra pounds to increase their power,speed and stamina,more eaxamples are trinidad improving from 147 to 154/160,manny paqauio from 122 to 126/130,moseley from 135 to 147,de la hoya 130 to 147 and jc chavez improving greatly from 130 to 135.....
What is it that says robinson was better as a welter than a middle,theorising or actual eye witness accounts?
Finally,we have to say leonards 147 title opposition is better than robinsons,benitez,duran twice and hearns,all at or very near their primes....Could robbie have fought rays opposition from 79-81 at welter and emerge unbeaten or with only one close loss like ray?
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Old 07-07-2007, 05:29 PM   #27
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Fullmer and Basilio both beat him at middleweight and a couple of others I can't remember right now. I would of loved to see SRR fight Hearns and Fullmer fight Hagler. Oh well.
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Fullmer and Basilio both beat him at middleweight and a couple of others I can't remember right now. I would of loved to see SRR fight Hearns and Fullmer fight Hagler. Oh well.
Bobo Olson and Randy Turpin were the others to dethrone him while champion at 160lbs.
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