Fantasy match: Pirog vs GGG

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  1. the commentator

    the commentator Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    If pirog's injury didn't force him to retire..who would've won?
  2. chacal

    chacal F*** the new normal Full Member

    Jun 21, 2015
    I like Pirog more than GG. If he had to rob Derevyanchenko and arguably Jacobs, Pirog wins. Pirog is no Ishida and no Maclin, Pirog actually knew how to box, great talent.
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  3. JMotrain

    JMotrain Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Sep 30, 2005
    Pirog is one of the more underrated fighters out there. I think he would have won a decision against GGG.
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  4. lufcrazy

    lufcrazy requiescat in pace Full Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Pirog had insane hype that I never understood.

    The Jacobs win aged well, but I think he was losing to Jacobs before he caught lightening in a bottle. And I wouldn't expect most fans on this site to rate the victory over Jacobs as much as I do anyways as they'll consider him green and cancer riddled at the time.

    I just don't see Pirog beating Golovkin at that time, I don't see many people doing it tbf.
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  5. JMotrain

    JMotrain Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Sep 30, 2005
    I'll have to re-watch the Jacobs fight but I thought Pirog was winning it handily before he knocked Jacobs out.

    Pirog was a special fighter. He was one of the better defensive fighters from that time period. He was absolutely hard to hit because of his upper body movement. He also was able to switch stances seemlessly.

    As much as I love GGG, he was a straight up and down fighter. He wasn't really that tough to nail with clean shots but he had an iron chin and great power. Golovkin also had great stamina, some of the best I've seen. He still had it even at 40. GGG wasn't an easy out for anybody but the more skilled fighter in my eyes was Pirog. I think he would have outworked GGG to a UD but GGG would definitely have a punchers chance.

    On a side note, I think Pirog would have beaten Canelo rather easily as well but probably gets robbed on the scorecards.
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  6. lufcrazy

    lufcrazy requiescat in pace Full Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    I just don't think Pirogs skills were proven at the highest level so I can't rate him as much as others do.

    I watched it at the time and felt Jacobs was well ahead tbh.
  7. MismatchHypejob

    MismatchHypejob Active Member Full Member

    Aug 24, 2022
    Flashy exaggerated movement does not = skill

    Golovkin had great defence that was very subtle manoeuvring elbows/forearms and high level distance control. He wasn’t easy to nail, he took punches he knew he could take
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  8. Dangerwood84

    Dangerwood84 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 21, 2017
    It was a competitive fight that was even for the first couple of rounds but I thought Pirog was clearly taking over but it's a subjective sport as we know. I agree that Pirog would have beaten GGG mostly likely by decision.
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  9. MidniteProwler

    MidniteProwler Fab 4. Mayor of Aussie Boxing Full Member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Pirog was quality and a dangerous fighter but prime GGG was a freak there is a reason not many of the other top guys had the guts to fight him.
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  10. theXshape

    theXshape Active Member Full Member

    Jun 29, 2011
    GGG skills seem to be underrated. Many people forget how good he was.

    After all the fights I've seen of both, I believe GGG had the goods to beat Pirog, but we will never know.
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  11. bjl12

    bjl12 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    If there was a time to beat GGG it was early on before he picked up steam. Pirog was peaked and GGG hadnt yet formulated all of his confidence.

    Wouldve been a great fight
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  12. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt Guy wants to name his çock 'macho' that's ok by me Full Member

    Nov 30, 2006
    Always leaned Pirog close UD.
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  13. drenlou

    drenlou Tres Delinquentes Full Member

    Jan 22, 2015
  14. BCS8

    BCS8 VIP Member Full Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    I'll still take the guy with the most middleweight defences in history over the flash in the pan du jour. Call me crazy.
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  15. lufcrazy

    lufcrazy requiescat in pace Full Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    If that was peak Pirog, with no world ranked victories to his name, that says it all imo.

    The usual thinking is Pirog would go on to do better and he was unfulfilled potential.