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Old 10-08-2010, 05:53 AM   #1
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Default Could Zeljko Mavrovic last the distance with Joe Louis like he did with Lennox Lewis?

A Freudian slip of mine and IBīs reaction to it gave me the idea to this thread. Mavrovic, while clearly losing, gave a very brave effort against Lennox taking numerous clean power punches without even going down and never looked seriously hurt. IMO Lewis is punches harder than Louis. Louis is the superior combination puncher and better finisher though. Could Zeljko repeat the feat and last the distance with Louis or would Louis be able to stop him?

Personally, I think Louis could do it. He has a higher workrate and would land many clean punches in bunches where Lennox only landed one punch at a time. I expect to see Mavrovic at one time beeing cornered on the ropes eating combination after combination while beeing barely able to defend himself. The ref would step in and end it right there. Louis TKO9 Mavrovic.

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Old 10-08-2010, 06:05 AM   #2
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Mavrovic showed a great chin. He has some skill, and a solid enough right hand. Sure he could have gone the distance with Joe Louis.
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:39 AM   #3
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Default Re: Could Zeljko Mavrovic last the distance with Joe Louis like he did with Lennox Le

Did Mavrovic fight any other big punchers apart from Lewis?

From what I can remember about that fight, he took a lot of huge single shots but not too many combinations/body shots.
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:42 AM   #4
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Tough fighters who weren't too brave are the most difficult to stop and Mavrovic was one of them. If he felt the power, he would be throwing almost single digits, atleast that's the way he fought against Lewis. He could potentially go the distance with Louis that way, but 15 rounds is a long way to go and Louis's attack is more consistent than Lewis's.
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:59 AM   #5
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Default Re: Could Zeljko Mavrovic last the distance with Joe Louis like he did with Lennox Le

mavrovic would have to throw three times more to stay alive. If you are passive against Louis you are dead. He will time you with the right hand and when he land(and he will) he wont let his grip go.
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:31 AM   #6
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Tough fighters who weren't too brave are the most difficult to stop and Mavrovic was one of them. If he felt the power, he would be throwing almost single digits, atleast that's the way he fought against Lewis. He could potentially go the distance with Louis that way, but 15 rounds is a long way to go and Louis's attack is more consistent than Lewis's.
Yeah, and if you're a vegetarian, you might as well not bother trying (I heard Mav was a vegetarian). Anyway, Pongsak- I mean, I think he's got a fair enough chance to go the distance but more likely Louis gets in and lands too much. I do agree with Bodhi that for single shots, Lewis is likely the harder puncher but the way Louis fires them, hard enough as they are, it probably spells doom for this guy who never really "made it" in the sport, even though he showed his promise. Anybody know what happened to him? I thought I recalled Manny Steward say Mav got ill in some way and decided to stop fighting.
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:51 AM   #7
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Yeah, and if you're a vegetarian, you might as well not bother trying (I heard Mav was a vegetarian). Anyway, Pongsak- I mean, I think he's got a fair enough chance to go the distance but more likely Louis gets in and lands too much. I do agree with Bodhi that for single shots, Lewis is likely the harder puncher but the way Louis fires them, hard enough as they are, it probably spells doom for this guy who never really "made it" in the sport, even though he showed his promise. Anybody know what happened to him? I thought I recalled Manny Steward say Mav got ill in some way and decided to stop fighting.
Yep, he got a serious illness dropping many pounds and looked like a skeleton. He got better though and started his own business in Serbia, something with vegetarian food if I remember right, and is doing very well with it.
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:14 AM   #8
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Yep, he got a serious illness dropping many pounds and looked like a skeleton. He got better though and started his own business in Serbia, something with vegetarian food if I remember right, and is doing very well with it.
It's nice to hear of one of them actually doing good later in life. As opposed to "He made 2.5 million dollars but invested poorly, losing it all in a camel stud farm venture, went to prison for assaulting a mime for several years and is now addicted to paint and living in a large walk-in freezer." Gets depressing.
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:18 AM   #9
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It's nice to hear of one of them actually doing good later in life. As opposed to "He made 2.5 million dollars but invested poorly, losing it all in a camel stud farm venture, went to prison for assaulting a mime for several years and is now addicted to paint and living in a large walk-in freezer." Gets depressing.
Yep. I made a mistake though. Croatia not Serbia. I always mix up those former Yugoslavian republics.
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:20 AM   #10
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He probably could. Mavrovic was definitely one of the most mobile heavies of the 90's, and he was tall. He reminded me of a 80's heavy that refused to mix it up.
When fighters come to survive like he did in the Lewis fight, they can go the distance. I dont think Mavrovic made a good account of himself, he did enough to keep Lewis off of him and lose. You gotta put yourself in a position to win to make a good account of yourself. Mavrovic didnt, he came to survive and not get hurt. Mavrovic was croation?
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:21 AM   #11
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Tough fighters who weren't too brave are the most difficult to stop and Mavrovic was one of them. If he felt the power, he would be throwing almost single digits, atleast that's the way he fought against Lewis. He could potentially go the distance with Louis that way, but 15 rounds is a long way to go and Louis's attack is more consistent than Lewis's.
Yes. I ddint read this before I posted, but I agree. Mavrovic fits the bill.
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