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Old 12-30-2012, 08:12 AM   #31
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:53 AM   #32
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As Bruno said, "There was some serious cups of tea around" in his day. I think both klitschkos beat him, down to Bruno tiring in the later rounds.

I dont think Haye will fight him, it makes bad business sense.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:27 AM   #33
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Bruno is a hard bastard,he'd steamroll all but Wlad and Vitali IMO.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:55 AM   #34
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I think there is a bit too much 'blue sky thinking' of the Bomber here. Bruno was incredibly gifted physically, but when it came to fighting primed world class fighters, he tried to find a way to lose, mentally...

I do not see that changing even in this relatively poor era.
There might be one 'primed world class' fighter around in this era (Wlad), and he might well be already in decline.

Guys like Povetkin, Haye, Chambers, even old Vitali, are not comparable to Witherspoon or Tyson or a young Lennox Lewis.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:14 AM   #35
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There might be one 'primed world class' fighter around in this era (Wlad), and he might well be already in decline.

Guys like Povetkin, Haye, Chambers, even old Vitali, are not comparable to Witherspoon or Tyson or a young Lennox Lewis.


I wouldn't put Witherspoon in the same sentence as Tyson and Lewis to be honest.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:15 AM   #36
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I'm not so sure. I think Haye would have beaten him as would both klitchkos - others such as Valuev would have been a real danger. Your talking about a heavy handed but largely ungainly heavyweight with a brittle chin. I loved Bruno and his timing and power at b level was great to watch at times. But his sole world class victory was a points win over a sleepwalking Oliver McCall who left his charge too late.

I love Bruno but don't get confused the only fights that really point to him being world class are losses to the erratic young Lewis and the always unpredictable Witherspoon.

I don't buy that this era- as dull as it is, is too far behind the heavies of the late eighties/ early nineties
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:18 AM   #37
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Haye beats Bruno for me. People comparing Wlad/Haye to how Bruno/Haye would play out is stupid. Bruno is not that much taller than Haye and hes much much slower. Also much easier to hit. Haye has movement to keep away and the speed to land. People act like Haye didnt throw any punches at all against Wlad , he did its just Wlad skipped out of range. Bruno didnt do that.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:24 AM   #38
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I wouldn't put Witherspoon in the same sentence as Tyson and Lewis to be honest.
I always thought Witherspoon was a very good fighter. Strong, skillful, durable. I'm not at all convinced the Lewis who Bruno fought in 1993 was any better than the Witherspoon he faced at Wembley in 1986.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:33 AM   #39
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Haye would have little chance against Bruno.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:33 AM   #40
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Bruno would dominate Haye.

He's more than capable of avoiding those wild, lunging right hooks that David became so fond of throwing.

By the time of the Wlad fight he was an absolute ****ing mess technically.

As for defence, excessive head movement whilst way out of range doesn't cut it.

Bruno would be at a disadvantage in terms of speed, but he'd land something at some stage that would discourage Haye.

Haye had bags of potential but didn't fulfill it at HW. Not sure why many people think that all he has to do is land one right hand and the Gods would grant him victory.

Even if Haye did hurt Bruno, who was useless at surviving, he might punch himself out trying to finish the job, he's a brutally bad finisher.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:02 AM   #41
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Not sure why many people think that all he has to do is land one right hand and the Gods would grant him victory.
Yeah, Bruno took a lot of punishment from Witherspoon and Tyson before succumbing. It was only really in the Lewis and Smith fights that he 'fell to pieces' after taking an almighty fight-turning punch. And both fighters had taken a ton of Bruno punches on the way.
Also, Haye wouldn't find Bruno easy to time and hit with counters at all. Bruno was strict with the basics in the early rounds, keeping the jab pumping, keeping his hands up. Double and triple jabs and constant pressure.
Haye would be steamrolled most likely. Or spend the fight on his knees.

I don't think Bruno was as clever or as good as Wlad but he was more aggressive and impatient. He'd be on top of Haye straight away.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:09 AM   #42
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I don't think he'd do too well. I'm not sure if he'd cope with Price or Fury, Haye would definitely have him in fits. Pulev and Povetkin, too good probably, both quicker than Bruno and hard punchers. Vitali, prime Vitali would cream any version of Bruno. Current Wlad, too heavy handed and hard to hit. Bruno's much vaunted jab is not as good as Wlad's. Bruno would be somewhere on the fringes of the top 10.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:11 AM   #43
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As Bruno said, "There was some serious cups of tea around" in his day. I think both klitschkos beat him, down to Bruno tiring in the later rounds.

I dont think Haye will fight him, it makes bad business sense.
This was your answer? To a hypothetical, complete fantasy question.

Sorry just made me chuckle.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:02 PM   #44
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Even if Haye did hurt Bruno, who was useless at surviving, he might punch himself out trying to finish the job, he's a brutally bad finisher.

The guy has 24kos out of 26 wins. 20 of them coming in 5 rounds or less im not sure where your getting that idea from.

I think haye stands a very good chance against bruno. His speed, power and reflexes would cause a lot of problems for him, he obviously has enough power to hurt him. But then again i wouldn't be surprised if bruno caught haye with something and stopped him.

It would probably be a slow fight to start with waiting for whoever landed there bombs first and then finished it.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:03 PM   #45
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There might be one 'primed world class' fighter around in this era (Wlad), and he might well be already in decline.

Guys like Povetkin, Haye, Chambers, even old Vitali, are not comparable to Witherspoon or Tyson or a young Lennox Lewis.
But they do compare to Bonecrusher, who beat Bruno in a match The Bomber should of won, and they compare with McCall, who really should of beaten Bruno.
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