.....Blessed with courage and charisma...a well spoken style and will to win....few more handsome or stylist fighters ever stepped in the ring as Michael Olajide jnr... Now before I get to the nuts and bolts of this thread..I have an interest to declare...the first ever boxing magazine my father ever bought me at 10 years of age was a KO magazine one in 1987 which heavily featured Michael.It spoke of him as if it was a given he was boxing"s next superstar. Now we all know it just didn't work out.....the horrific eye injury in sparring in 1986 as his NBC deal was starting....the odd (for the 80"s) career progression...little to no amateur career...pro at 18 than a slow 3-4 fights a year progression for 6 years.....despite all that the wins in quick succession over Curtis Parker,Don Lee,Hard Rock Green and Troy Darrel were good ones....but ironically considering the slow start... he was than rushed into a title shot in the post leonard-hagler shake up...he got 1 of the tougher assignments at the time..Frank Tate...and was cruelly exposed.....but since he also lost to Hearns and Barkley later....and based on what we saw ..its easy to conclude he was not title level in a very talented tough new era for the Middleweights (1987-1990). I"m not here to just conclude he simply wasnt good enough....the point of the thread is...what if..... What if Olajide hadnt suffered that injury? What if after the Don Lee win his father had decided to bring say...Eddie Futch on board to season the kid for a couple of years before a title fight (He fought FrankTate at 23)...teach him balance..make efficient the basics.....have the kid learn in the gym around a master like Narlon Starling..or a Michael Spinks..while he continued to build up the limelight on nbc......in that scenario...what could he realistically have been in the ring and out of the ring? The raw tools were there..a 6ft 1 middleweight with a 77 reach..decent power..speed....what if he had not rushed into a title fight and instead after 2 years of improvement became an inaugral WBO middleweight champion in 1988 and bought himself some time to develop?....what would he have managed in the ring? and what impact would having this stylish,handsome,well spoken young champion have had on the wider world of boxing marketability..?...i personally beleive given the subsequent success Olajide has had as a writer, a superstar personal trainer of Victoria Secret models, his Hollywood film cameos ..his potential ODLH like popularity with females..that this guy certainly would have been a big star worldwide.....rather than being exposed on the hard American circuit right away...he couldve defended his WBO title against the raw Benn of the Watson fight . .. couldve defended against the Eubanks and Watson's....before tackling a few Americans like Julian Jackson or an aged Leonard in 1991 In short could he have done much more if given better preparation and seasoning? Was he always too fragile ? Which trainer couldve improved him? And what were your views on Olajide jnr during his career run?