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Old 12-07-2009, 08:06 PM   #1
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Default Name some fighters who actually have a legit clame to being the best of all time?

Here are some names of the top of my head, Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong, Muhammed Ali, Willie Pep, Roberto Duran, Sam Langford, Harry Greb, Who else?
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:11 PM   #2
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Langford and Greb.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:11 PM   #3
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Sugar Ray Leonard
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:13 PM   #4
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Anything outside of those names becomes more arguable but maybe Joe Louis or even Ray Leonard perhaps ?
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:14 PM   #5
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Robinson deserves the no1 slot tho, no doubt at all.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:16 PM   #6
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Duran was one win away in my judgment. A win over Hagler, or Hearns would have sealed it.
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There are only five genuine contenders in my opinion:

Langford, Robinson, Greb, Armstrong and Ezzard Charles.

And Charles is somewhat of an outsider. It's really one of four for me, but I include Charles as I could easily accept someone having him as the GOAT although he wouldn't quite be my choice.
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iran barkley of course
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:20 PM   #9
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Robinson deserves the no1 slot tho, no doubt at all.
You don't think a strong and valid case can be made for Langford or Armstrong??
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:23 PM   #10
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Anyone in my top three: Robinson, Pep, Armstrong. But really it's so subjective and I wouldn't laugh at someone if they said Leonard or Louis or even Greb. They're not crazy suggestions. Personally I think the strongest case is Robinson's.
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Rocky Marciano?
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William "The Prussian" Sheriff.

They said his parry was so fast,the wind from it would force a horseless trolly from its tracks. They said his jab was sharper than a tubercular's bloody cough. And he could run three furloughs in two woolen sweaters and cobnailed boots faster than you could shoe a mule.

And he was a Grand Champion whist player to prove his cereberal acumen.

Survived on a diet of ale broth and swine marrow.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:33 PM   #13
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Joe Gans?
Pep?
Dixion maybe.
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Duran was one win away in my judgment. A win over Hagler, or Hearns would have sealed it.
Still wouldnt have him over Robinson on my list, beating Hagler gives him a strong case tho, beating Hearns (due to their natural weight being closer) tho, not so much, Leonard already beat him to it.
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There are only five genuine contenders in my opinion:

Langford, Robinson, Greb, Armstrong and Ezzard Charles.

And Charles is somewhat of an outsider. It's really one of four for me, but I include Charles as I could easily accept someone having him as the GOAT although he wouldn't quite be my choice.
Robinson is a solid no1 for me & add Muhammad Ali & Willie Pep to that list
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