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Old 01-17-2013, 02:21 PM   #16
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:39 PM   #17
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Always disliked Holyfield, Hopkins, Calzaghe and i still do.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:53 PM   #18
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Carl Froch. I still can't call myself a fan of his, although I have a lot of respect for him. I gained when he was humble after his loss to Andre Ward and also the fact that he will fight anyone and has fought very tough competition over the past few years.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:59 PM   #19
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Khan. Still ****es me off from time to time but I became something of a fan post-Maidana.

Used to think Manny was an unthinking brawler until I started noticing the little tricks he does and respected him more.

Used to dislike Floyd until I examined his entire body of work.

Used to dislike Ward for butting Kessler and seemingly damaging him, but now he's one of my favorite fighters to watch, and I respect him as a man.

Froch wasn't someone I disliked, but he grew on me a bit more.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:30 PM   #20
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It's kind of a tricky question. I think it boils down not so much to me finding my way through the fog and discovering I actually now admire and like these fighters; it's probably more accurate to say that my view on them has softened now because time has rolled on and I'm not judging them in the present tense, which always has a harsher tinge to it. Judging them at a distance now, they seem more pleasantly backlit by time, as they stand only as reminders of an era I recall fondly.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:43 PM   #21
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There eventually came a painful time when i had to concede that Ayub Kalule was actually quite a good fighter.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:47 PM   #22
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There eventually came a painful time when i had to concede that Ayub Kalule was actually quite a good fighter.
He's one of those guys that leaves you wondering how he gets the results he gets.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:49 PM   #23
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I have an unreasoning and unrelenting dislike for guys that fought in the Olympics...Ali, RJJ, Holyfield, taylor, Whitaker, every one of them. I have managed to convince myself that Frazier did not actually fight in the olympics or I'd hate him too.
A ton of respect for them, but I don't like them.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:03 PM   #24
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He's one of those guys that leaves you wondering how he gets the results he gets.
crafty technique, sal, crafty technique!
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:16 PM   #25
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Manny Pacquiao, for obvious reasons.

For some reason I never used to like Chavez. I had this idea that he was a brawler with limited technique or ability. Boy, how wrong can one man be. The man was exceptional.
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Julio Cesar Chavez
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:52 PM   #27
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Calzaghe, Amir Khan (the Maidana fight turned me over), Floyd.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:46 PM   #28
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Wladimir Klitschko for me. Watching the K bros documentary made me respect him a great deal. He is all class.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:58 PM   #29
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Julio Cesar Chavez
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:14 PM   #30
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I have an unreasoning and unrelenting dislike for guys that fought in the Olympics...Ali, RJJ, Holyfield, taylor, Whitaker, every one of them. I have managed to convince myself that Frazier did not actually fight in the olympics or I'd hate him too.
A ton of respect for them, but I don't like them.
why do you hate fighters who compete in the olympics?
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