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Old 10-13-2007, 07:50 PM   #1
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Default Fighters that could be Top10-20 ATGs if they had the fights at the right time

To a degree greatness is being in the right place at the right time and getting the right fights at the right time. Many avoided poor draw fighters may have beat their more popular if they got the big fights at the right times. I'm going to focus on McCallum and Burley.

Mike McCallum - what if he got Duran, Benitez, Hearns, Hagler, Leonard at the right times. Its conceivable he could have been too much for the smaller Benitez, Leonard and Duran and broken them all down. His strength at 154 may have been too much for Hearns. And if he replaced Hearns/Duran against the ageing Hagler in 1987 he may have unthroned Hagler.

Charles Burley - a natural welterweight forced to move up to Middleweight to face the black dynamite crew. But what if he was the golden boy and Sugar Ray Robinson was Mr Avoided? What if he fought the fighters SRR fought instead of the black dynamite crew at middleweight?

Burley beat Zivic twice before Zivic beat Armstrong for the Welterweight title. Burley if given the title shot surely would have beat Armstrong.

If Burley had fought SRRs line up of fighters he may not have done quite as well as SRR but against practically all he'd be faveourate and go down as 1 of the greatest ever.

Wins over the Cocoa Kid, Archie Moore, Holman Williams (3times), Chase, Zivic are excellent as are pushing Charles and Bivins hard especially as Burley was usually outweighed. Also a Welterweight and Middleweight 'Colored' Champion.
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