Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by CroBox29, May 31, 2020.
Who would win in their primes?
Akinwande ud... boring fight
Not sure honestly. Grant was limited in skill but he could punch. Akinwande wasn’t too powerful but he was durable. Both guys were physically huge. I’ll vote for Grant but again I don’t know
Grant would take him.
Poor chin, decent heart and dynamite in his fists, Micheal Grant could not be in a boring fight!
Henry Akinwande just asked me to hold his beer...
Akinwande, he could box.
An this is a question… Akinwande easily. McCline who wasn't a good puncher destroyed the prime Grant in the first round.
Honorable mention Akinwande did better against Lewis.
Akinwande beat far better opposition and actually won a world title, he’s more proven at world level, akinwande late stoppage or on points
I dont consider either of things you're claiming to be true.
Akinwande best Tony tucker who is better than anyone that grant beat and with akinwande winning a world title and beating more world class fighters, that makes him more proven at world level
No, you dont know what you're talking about.
Tucker in 95 was washed up and coming off a loss to Bruce Seldon.
Golota was top ten rated Grant beat him. Izon was also better. Savarese, Purrity, and Al Cole were all around 95 Tucker's level too.
Akinwande's best wins are Zolkin and Schultz.
WBO wasn't a major belt when Akinwande held it. And he got it as a vacant belt after beating Jeremy Williams. Meant little or other nothing.
Grant was rated third at heavyweight at one point, behind Lewis and Holyfield. Akinwande never was rated that highly.
Do you consider tucker washed when he fought lewis? I bet you don’t, the akinwande fight was only 2 years after and grant was getting schooled by golota, the far smaller man, too bad golota was a head case and quit after getting up from a knockdown
Saying "decent heart" is splitting the difference. He was guttier than hell before Lewis, the Golota fight, for example. But Lewis took his soul and McCline talked about how he was visibly shaking before their fight.
Anyway, I take Akinwande in an extremely boring fight after you hold his beer. Grant's power was a little oversold.
1. Yes Tucker was past his best against Lewis.... He was virtually SHOT two years later against Akinwande.
2. Grant outlasting Golata in a war of attrition was more than anything Akinwande did.
3. You or someone else also mentioned Grant’s loss to McCline... That fight reeked of a dive.
I mentioned it and McCLine was just talking about it when Jimmy Glenn passed away. I'll let a line from the article speak for itself.
Two fights earlier, Glenn instructed McCline to hit Michael Grant with a left hook as soon as their HBO bout began because Glenn noticed Grant’s legs shaking from nervousness just before their fight started. McCline’s left hook knocked down Grant just three seconds into their bout and caused him to land awkwardly on his right ankle, an injury that led to McCline winning by first-round technical knockout.
If you re-watch it, I believe that you can see that his ankle is broken.
Then again, maybe it is a fix and I am imagining.