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Old 07-15-2007, 07:16 PM   #1
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Default Great amatuers that came up short in pros

The amateurs never get mentioned on this board so I thought I would bring it up. Who were some fighters with great amatuer careers that ended up disapointing after turning pro? How about the opposite, sub-par amatuers ending up blossoming after going pro?
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Old 07-15-2007, 07:36 PM   #2
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duane bobick
audley harrison
(sorry jeff) jeff thomas
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Old 07-15-2007, 07:54 PM   #3
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Audley i suppose but then it was always fairly obvious he would get caught short in the pros he seemed almost extraordinarily over rated from the start.
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Old 07-15-2007, 08:00 PM   #4
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Tony Tucker
Jackie Beard
Bernard Taylor
Jimmy Clark
Definitely Mark Breland and Tyrell Biggs.
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Tony Tucker
Jackie Beard
Bernard Taylor
Jimmy Clark
Definitely Mark Breland and Tyrell Biggs.
It's not really their fault, since they had Mike Tyson to run into.
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:52 PM   #6
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Mark Breland had all the hype to be the next Sugar Ray Leonard upon turning pro.
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:02 AM   #7
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Jorge Luis Gonzales
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:05 AM   #8
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Mark Breland springs forth like a jack in the box

Others, and i don't care if they won a title, they still fell short

Greg Page
Michael Dokes
Howard Davis Jr
Steve McCrory
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:33 AM   #9
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David Reid won a world title but was badly managed and moved too fast and never really became a top liner especially once Tito ruined him.
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:52 AM   #10
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Willie Dewitt, Shawn O Sullivan, Mark Breyland,Howard Davis Jr. Nick Wells,Leon Spinks
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Nuclear Nick Wells.
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Old 07-16-2007, 07:22 AM   #12
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michael carruth.
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Willie Dewitt, Shawn O Sullivan, Mark Breyland,Howard Davis Jr. Nick Wells,Leon Spinks
I liked Shawn, watched him in a couple of games and was so damn impressed. From memory SRL put a lot of stock in him.
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:01 AM   #14
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Johnny Bumphus had a record of 341-16 as an amateur, but was nothing special as a pro. He won Pryor's vacated WBA Lt WW Title, but promply lost in in his first title defense to mediocre Mad Dog Hatcher.

Going into the 1976 Olympics, it was considered that 1972 holdover Davey Lee Armstrong, and Clint Jackson, were the most skilled and experienced members of the U.S. Boxing Team, but neither of them medaled. Armstrong had a decent pro career, going 24(14 ko's) - 3 in three years, but he never challenged for a title. Jackson did challenge for the USBA and NABF MW Titles, but lost decisions both times. He did manage to hand Robbie Sims his second loss, but retired in 1985 with a record of 25 (19ko's) - 7.
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:03 AM   #15
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Pete Rademacher- he might've actually been able to launch a successful pro career if he hadn't been so grossly mismanaged.
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