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Old 11-16-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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Default Is Donald Curry underated?

He was a great fghter, and his Fight with McCallum is a sight to see, but he never a got a shot against a fighter with the likes of a SRL. Does this hurt his legacy, or does his phenomenal talent speak for itself and automatically put him at Greatness?
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:49 PM   #2
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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He was a superb fighter.
But he lost to Lloyd Honeyghan and Mike McCallum when he was supposed to be taking over from Marvin Hagler as the world's greatest fighter pound-for-pound. In fact he was tipped to succeed Hagler as middleweight king.

If he's not held in the greatest esteem it's because of his LOSSES in his prime, not necessarily a lack of wins.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:07 PM   #4
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He was excellent in his prime...before the Honeyghan fight. But essentially, that's it. he was an excellent fighter...not a great one.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:19 PM   #5
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He came down with a thud didn't he. I felt sorry for him at the time and still feel sorry for him now. The expectations on him were enormous considering some of the boxing mags at one point replaced Hagler with Curry as their #1 fighter in the sport. He'd himself talked about usingg 154 as a stepping stone before challenging Hagler. But he never made it at 154. Maybe we under-rate his prime, which seemed to end in about December 1985 when he defended against some guy (Eduardo someone?) and he was being hit with punches that wouldn't have landed previously

p.s by all accounts he's a decent guy
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:28 PM   #6
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Damn good fighter, but if he was getting floored by Jun Sok Hwang, something was wrong, first red flag.
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Damn good fighter, but if he was getting floored by Jun Sok Hwang, something was wrong, first red flag.

Nah, I don't agree with that. He caught a punch and briefly went down. Not a huge thing. He went on to have his most significant, impressive victories over far, far better than Hwang after this brief scare.

Guys get hit, and sometimes the best even go down. In this case, it means nothing about anything. Joe Louis went down too....more than once. Was that any kind of red flag?
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:01 PM   #8
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He was a superb fighter.
But he lost to Lloyd Honeyghan and Mike McCallum when he was supposed to be taking over from Marvin Hagler as the world's greatest fighter pound-for-pound. In fact he was tipped to succeed Hagler as middleweight king.

If he's not held in the greatest esteem it's because of his LOSSES in his prime, not necessarily a lack of wins.
After what McCallum did to him I dont think he wanted anypart of Haglar, even though at the time Curry was still the top Contender.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:03 PM   #9
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He came down with a thud didn't he. I felt sorry for him at the time and still feel sorry for him now. The expectations on him were enormous considering some of the boxing mags at one point replaced Hagler with Curry as their #1 fighter in the sport. He'd himself talked about usingg 154 as a stepping stone before challenging Hagler. But he never made it at 154. Maybe we under-rate his prime, which seemed to end in about December 1985 when he defended against some guy (Eduardo someone?) and he was being hit with punches that wouldn't have landed previously

p.s by all accounts he's a decent guy
Well said my man..There was no need for the 154 steppin stone, he shoulda stayed at WW
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:05 PM   #10
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I agree...Hwang is irrelevant...
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:42 PM   #11
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I don't feel he is underrated. He was performing better than Mike McCallum until he got ko'd, however I just cant call him a 'great' fighter as he lost to all of the great fighters and the wins he did have were not against 'great' but 'good' fighters. Therefore, Curry is a very good fighter.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:58 PM   #12
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@ anj..Those losses may be the reason why he never fought Haglar or Leonard.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:02 PM   #13
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I don't feel he is underrated. He was performing better than Mike McCallum until he got ko'd, however I just cant call him a 'great' fighter as he lost to all of the great fighters and the wins he did have were not against 'great' but 'good' fighters. Therefore, Curry is a very good fighter.
Tough to argue with this post. I have always been high on curry and pick him to beat hagler if they fought in 85/86 with a stopover at 154. REALLY wish it happened. Hate saying it but i feel honeyghan ruined him
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:54 PM   #14
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An outstanding welterweight talent, who defeated good quality opposition very early on. Unified a title and beat most of the best men around. Problem is, he was one of these guys who burned very bright for a very short period of time, and history is not always kind to those.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:56 PM   #15
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he was a real solid pro and had a very strong run, but he was far from 'great.'
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