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Old 01-10-2008, 06:20 PM   #1
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How would he of done? Could he of been a champion? Not a chance? What?
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Well, since there was no 140 lb division at the time, he would have to compete at welterweight. Welter was one of the strongest divisions in boxing in both the 40's and 50's, with guys like Henry Armstrong, Sugar Ray Robinson, Kid Gavilan, Johnny Saxton, Tony DeMarco, and Carmen Basilio around back then. I say he wouldn't have done well in either era, although he certainly fits to be a 40's or 50's fighter.
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I dont think Ward would fare pretty well imo. Robinson, Gavilan and Basilio would be hard to beat. I think he may get past Saxton or perhaps Demarco, but I still not sure on that.
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Old 01-10-2008, 06:46 PM   #4
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I think his underrated body work would help him breaking down some of the tough nuts of that era. Be a lot more successful than trying to head hunt with them anyway.
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i see robinson & basilio giving him problems.
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If he couldn't have been a world champion (barring the WBU) in the 1990s with even more titles, I find it hard to picture him winning a title in the 1940s.
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Well, since there was no 140 lb division at the time, he would have to compete at welterweight. Welter was one of the strongest divisions in boxing in both the 40's and 50's, with guys like Henry Armstrong, Sugar Ray Robinson, Kid Gavilan, Johnny Saxton, Tony DeMarco, and Carmen Basilio around back then. I say he wouldn't have done well in either era, although he certainly fits to be a 40's or 50's fighter.
There was an 140 lb. division and a title back then, but it had lost a lot of its prestige after Barney Ross vacated it in the 1930s. Then in the late 50s and 60s, it started getting more prestige again.
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There was an 140 lb. division and a title back then, but it had lost a lot of its prestige after Barney Ross vacated it in the 1930s. Then in the late 50s and 60s, it started getting more prestige again.
Really? I thought it fizzed out after Barney Ross got rid of it, and started back up when Carlos Ortiz got the vacant title.
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Either way, Ward is not getting by Ross for the title if he fought during Ross's hay day.
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