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Old 12-04-2009, 09:07 PM   #46
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I think of guys whose talent is greater than their career
James Toney
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:44 PM   #47
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All through the early part of his career at BW he was a switch hitter who was as difficult to hit cleanly as PBF. He only became reckless as you described when he moved to FW and began to believe his own hype.

IMO Hamed definitely could have been an ATG had he kept his head on straight and (especially) stayed at BW where his height and reach were better suited.
I'm not exactly a Mayweather fan, but I'll say this. If I watched the bantam/early feather version of Hamed that you're alluding to and then watched any fight of Mayweather's, and came to the conclusion that Hamed was as difficult to hit cleanly as Mayweather in any way, I'd have an eye transplant. Or failing that, a brain transplant.

The early Hamed had an unusual style that sat well with his discombobulating power, but his tendency to take shots was, even at that stage, comical.

In the spirit of the thread, I'm going to say Willie Pastrano. Shagged and boozed his considerable prime away. You have to love him on principle.

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Old 12-04-2009, 11:19 PM   #48
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good point
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:07 PM   #49
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how about someone like Ricardo Lopez if only he had a stronger division and more competitition
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:00 PM   #50
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yeah but ricardo win all that he could have won
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yeah but ricardo win all that he could have won
Well Lopez never fought Carbajal for a start - he could have moved up in weight sooner. Or if the strawweight division had been deeper at the time and not full of non-entities, he'd be accepted as a bonafide ATG rather than as a master orthodox stylist who divides opinion and attracts constructive criticism due to poor opposition.

That said, I absolutely love to watch him.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:48 PM   #52
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Names that come to my mind:
Vargas, Judah, Tyson, Nunn, Watson, Cotto, Curry, Buster Douglas(a beast in Tokyo)
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