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Old 08-04-2012, 01:13 AM   #1
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Default Vito Antuofermo underrated???

Vito, as an underdog, hung in with Hagler when Hagler was coming into his prime. In the second fight Vito lost by cuts in 4 rds.


Although, he had little one punch power...he usually forced his opponent to retreat.


Vito Antuofermo

HEIGHT 5-8 WEIGHT 154-161 lbs MANAGER Tony Carione RECORD 50-7-2 (21 KO)Antuofermo was a rugged fighter who liked it rough and liked to get inside; He fought the best around and won the WBC Middleweight Championship of the World, WBA Middleweight Championship of the World and EBU Junior Middleweight Championship of Europe


Apart from Hugo Corro, other boxers he beat included world champions [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eckhard_Dagge"]Eckhard Dagge[/ame], [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denny_Moyer"]Denny Moyer[/ame] and Emile Griffith, plus Cyclone Hart & Bennie Briscoe.
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:23 AM   #2
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Got a gift against hagler first time out.
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:36 AM   #3
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I thought a draw was fair. Hagler fought a stupid fight, or had bad stamina. Hagler always seemed to fight stupid fights in his biggest bouts.

Those cuts that stopped Vito in the rematch were from some of the most obvious headbutts ever. Nowadays it would have been ruled a no contest or DQ win for Vito.
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Old 08-04-2012, 04:16 AM   #4
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Vito, as an underdog, hung in with Hagler when Hagler was coming into his prime. In the second fight Vito lost by cuts in 4 rds.


Although, he had little one punch power...he usually forced his opponent to retreat.


Vito Antuofermo

HEIGHT 5-8 WEIGHT 154-161 lbs MANAGER Tony Carione RECORD 50-7-2 (21 KO)Antuofermo was a rugged fighter who liked it rough and liked to get inside; He fought the best around and won the WBC Middleweight Championship of the World, WBA Middleweight Championship of the World and EBU Junior Middleweight Championship of Europe


Apart from Hugo Corro, other boxers he beat included world champions [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and Emile Griffith, plus Cyclone Hart & Bennie Briscoe.
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I thought a draw was fair. Hagler fought a stupid fight, or had bad stamina. Hagler always seemed to fight stupid fights in his biggest bouts.

Those cuts that stopped Vito in the rematch were from some of the most obvious headbutts ever. Nowadays it would have been ruled a no contest or DQ win for Vito.
This thread along with d Duran and Mugabi fights and 2 a much lesser extent , d leonard fight , show how over8ed Hagler is .
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:27 PM   #5
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I think Vito is fairly evaluated..I don't think anyone has underrated or overrated him.
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:53 PM   #6
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Vito was tough but he was a huge over-achiever in my estimation.

He won every fight that he could have, including fights against some memorable contenders, but he wasn't really able to capture many wins against top class middleweights in their prime form. The likes of Griffith, Briscoe and Moyer had obviously seen better days.
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:56 PM   #7
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A poor man's Jake LaMotta. There a tons of guys who would out-hustle him in a slugfest and even more than would outbox him with ease. A good fighter, entertaining to watch, but nothing entirely special imo
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:03 PM   #8
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I thought a draw was fair. Hagler fought a stupid fight, or had bad stamina. Hagler always seemed to fight stupid fights in his biggest bouts.

Those cuts that stopped Vito in the rematch were from some of the most obvious headbutts ever. Nowadays it would have been ruled a no contest or DQ win for Vito.
Winning the last few rounds wasn't enough to usurp the big lead marvin held.

He fought pretty smart against tommy hearns though.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:58 PM   #9
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Vito beat Griffith in Emile's waning days as a fighter..he would have deftly outclassed Vito in his prime.
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Winning the last few rounds wasn't enough to usurp the big lead marvin held.

He fought pretty smart against tommy hearns though.
Vito didn't fight Tommy although Luigi Minchillo resembled him plenty enough. It may not have gone too well for Antuofermo if the two had ever met, unless Vito was somehow able to drag Hearns into the later rounds.
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Vito didn't fight Tommy although Luigi Minchillo resembled him plenty enough. It may not have gone too well for Antuofermo if the two had ever met, unless Vito was somehow able to drag Hearns into the later rounds.
I was referring to the comment that hagler fought stupid in his biggest fights and my response was in his biggest fight (hearns) he fought pretty smart.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:38 PM   #12
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Vito,

Took one of the most 'brutal' beatings ever witnessed in Europe, when he was
battered beyond belief by Maurice Hope for the European Light-Middleweight Championship,
in October 1976.

Amazingly, he came back from that 'trouncing', to have a successful career.

Just coming back from that beating from Maurice Hope, a remarkable feat.
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I was referring to the comment that hagler fought stupid in his biggest fights and my response was in his biggest fight (hearns) he fought pretty smart.
Missed the quote. Hagler fought smart, he fought Hearns the way he was supposed to fight.

The style Hagler used to beat Hearns was never truly his, but he put himself into the type of a mindstate which allowed him to adopt it as his own, a convincing enough performance that many people still consider him a brawler (although less and less as footage of his other performances has since appeared).

Hagler caught criticism over his tentativeness against the likes of Antuofermo and Duran, as people felt that with his strength and durability he could have very well matched those fighters in an all-out brawl.

He put the critics to rest by walking straight into Hearns's right hand and through it. Taking his physical advantages and Hearns's weaknesses into account, it was the smartest thing to do, not that many others could have repeated the feat.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:55 PM   #14
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Vito,

Also a 154 lb. Light-Middleweight that moved up for more $$$.

Some say he was chased out of the European 154 lb. Light-Middleweight scene
in 1976 and 1977, and moved up to 160 lbs. where he would have an easier road-to-hoe.

The European 154 lb. Group

Ayub Kalule
Frank Wissenbach
Maurice Hope
Rocky Mattioli
Jose Manuel Duran
Miguel Castellini (Argentinian fighting in Europe)
Eckhard Dagge

And the WBA Champion, Eddie Gazo (Nicaragua) would never give Vito a shot.

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