Briggs Foreman robbery

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  1. steve1990

    steve1990 Member Full Member

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    What were your thoughts on the Briggs, Foreman robbery?
     
  2. Golden_Feather99

    Golden_Feather99 Member Full Member

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    HBO Punch Stats

    Jabs

    Foreman: 157/230 (68%)
    Briggs: 57/135 (42%)

    Power Punches
    Foreman: 127/258 (49%)
    Briggs: 166/359 (46%)

    Total Punches
    Foreman: 284/488 (58%)
    Briggs: 223/494 (45%)


    Foreman 8-4 imo. This fight cannot be scored for Briggs. Foreman got his fair share of gifts though.
     
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  3. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

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    I don't think it was a robbery. I think fans scored rounds to Foreman because Briggs spent most of the fight looking totally winded. And they wanted Foreman to win.
     
  4. swagdelfadeel

    swagdelfadeel Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Literally not even close.
     
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  5. BCS8

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    Canelo fans : bu bu but dem jabs don't count ...
     
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  6. Rumsfeld

    Rumsfeld Moderator Staff Member

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    I actually thought that was one of George's best performances in his 2nd career. His jab was snapping that night.
     
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  7. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Active Member Full Member

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    Foreman from early 1991 would KO Briggs though.
     
  8. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Active Member Full Member

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    Given an age difference, I have to say it's really an ATG performance. Foreman was alsmot 50 and he fought very limited but dangerous puncher and he completely schooled him. Can you think about similar fight at HW division?
     
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  9. Tramell

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    This.
     
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  10. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Well-Known Member Full Member

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    It was a terrible decision, even worse than Holmes-Spinks II. Foreman retained his title with flying colors against one of the best contenders around at the time. And Briggs was still a young man who would have at least hung in there a bit against masters like Holyfield, Tyson, and Bowe.

    To me the Briggs fight, win or lose, was about as indicative of George's greatness as the Moorer. George could be very generous in calling others champ during his reign (he called Bowe THE heavyweight champion more than once in commentary), but the Briggs defense proved why he was lineal imo. Briggs (though a very talented heavyweight) was beaten.

    I keep wondering if perhaps politics in some way influenced that decision.
     
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  11. BCS8

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    Briggs was really a pretty good heavyweight even then and gave Foreman a hard fight, let's be clear about that.

    However, if the truth be told, Foreman probably should have gotten the nod. I think its a case of the boxing officials wanting to pass the torch from a dude with very little time left to another guy that seemed like a shining prospect at the time. When that shoe didn't fit, they got the shoehorn and damn well made it fit.
     
  12. Fergy

    Fergy Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I believe that's true , that they wanted a fresh name at the top , to finally beat the old guy .It wasn't doing heavyweight boxing any good in there eyes , having an almost fifty years old guy beating everyone .So they kinda nudged it in favor of Briggs .
    But personally I'd have given the decision to George but at least he went out injured .
     
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  13. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Only problem I have with the give-the-title-to-the-new-guy theory is money...George brought in a LOT of it (possibly more than Lewis).

    Keeping George champion would have been the most prudent, lucrative goal. I could be wrong.

    It is true though, George received a couple of gifts.
     
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  14. scribbs

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    Perhaps karma for the Schultz robbery he benefited from
     
  15. Ragamuffin

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    The boxing powers - that - be wanted George out of there.
     


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