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Old 04-06-2012, 06:24 AM   #16
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Default Re: Gavilan vs Ratford: what's the deal here?

Originally Posted by Legend X View Post
I'm not sure why the need to rationalize it or explain it away.
You can call it "preprime" if you want, but I'd say Gavilan was well on his way to being the Gavilan we know - and was already a "better fighter" than Ratford, against the field.

I'll say again, it seems Ratford has his number, he 'knew how', he had the tools, the style.

There are probably always one or two journeyman fighters out there who can beat the great fighters, or the best current fighters. Some greats fighters are unlucky enough to come across them, or have managers who stubbornly match them twice.
That's boxing.
Explain, rationalise, debate, clarify, share that's the point of the forum

I'd agree with everything in the first paragraph. He was on his way, just not quite there.

There are a whole lot more than a couple. I believe quite strongly in styles make fights and very few styles are unique to a fighter. A range of fighter's will share ratford's attributes and could pull of his strategy. If he has gavilan's number than that's a stylistic weakness that gavilan has.

However i'd wager that gavilan from say 51 beats any version of ratford.
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