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Old 10-13-2012, 03:06 PM   #31
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How about Vicente Saldivar at Featherweight?
Don't think he missed anyone before he retired and then came back and best two top guys. I'd say he deserves to be recognised as doing so. Nice call.

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Old 10-13-2012, 03:15 PM   #32
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Frank Klaus did. Just exhausted him so much that after he finally unifaid all claims he was done.
Good call! Klaus did indeed barrel through all the title claimants and made a bit of sanity out of that post-Ketchel mess. But then Al McCoy got his fluke against Chip and everything was insanity again.
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:23 PM   #33
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Ricardo Lopez at 105 and arguably 108.
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:55 PM   #34
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Ezzard Charles swept things up pretty thoroughly at heavyweight up to and through his title reign.
No he didn't. He fought many gooftroopers who were unrated, looked terrible on film, and had no business getting title shots.

Bob Baker, Clarence Henry, Rocky Marciano, Roland Lastarza, Rex Layne were all far better options than many of the ham and eggers who got shots vs Charles in 50-51.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:07 PM   #35
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Although he had a lot of the 'work' done by others. Was there realistically anyone left for Marciano to fight, when he called it quits?
Marciano cleaned house.

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Hagler had no one to play with at 160 until Tommy et al moved up/came out of retirement.
Yup, though I like Monzon over him. Over most.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:16 PM   #36
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Great stuff. Tysons reign of terror was legendary,
unified, undefeated, undisputed, lineal. What more
could you ask for. What do you guys think of De La Hoya
at lightweight? I know he didnt clean out the division, maybe
a step below that, beat some tough guys in gheir prime.
Hopkins at middle? I dont know a lot about Tunney, did
he clean out lightheavy in his day?
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:30 PM   #37
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Rocky Marciano 'cleaned out the house' before he got the title.

Same thing with Sonny Liston.

"Sweet Saoul' Mamby didn't clean out the house, but he sure was in
'everybody's house'.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:32 PM   #38
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My apologies for not really being able to add anything. But this is all great stuff.

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Old 10-13-2012, 04:57 PM   #39
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Liston cleaned out the division waiting for a title shot.

He beat every contender of any significance except Cooper and Johansson, neither of whom would fight him.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:19 AM   #40
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Liston cleaned out the division waiting for a title shot.

He beat every contender of any significance except Cooper and Johansson, neither of whom would fight him.
Ingo wouldn't fight Liston or Liston wouldn't fight Ingo?
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:45 AM   #41
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Tyson in the late 80s, last guy to unify the heavyweight titles which is impressive since it hasn't been done since and there were more titles at his time than any time previous.

Ali pretty much cleaned house until he was title stripped.

Joe frazier almost did it until he lost to foreman.

Arguably Larry Holmes until he was robbed in spink fight.
Arguably Yurokis Gamboa, and I don't think there is anyone in his weight class who can beat him
Lewis was the last unified hw champion.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:03 AM   #42
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Lewis was the last unified hw champion.
No, not really. He was the last 'generally recognized' Heavyweight Champion of the World. Post 1988 ish there were too many titles to unify all of them.
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No, not really. He was the last 'generally recognized' Heavyweight Champion of the World. Post 1988 ish there were too many titles to unify all of them.
Akinwande held the WBO belt when Lewis beat him. he effectively unified the WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO/Ring/Lineal bealts.
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Akinwande held the WBO belt when Lewis beat him. he effectively unified the WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO/Ring/Lineal bealts.
Yes he 'metaphorically' did, he clearly was 'The Man'. But it had by that time become almost impossible to 'literally' unify all the titles.
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There's no such thing as cleaning out a division. There's always someone else to fight.
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