How good was Ken Buchanan ?

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  1. Greb & Papke 707

    Greb & Papke 707 Train by day Joe Rogan podcast by night, all day Full Member

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    Do you consider ken an all time great? Just how good was he?
     
  2. Unforgiven

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    He was a good world champion.
    Not an all-time great.
     
  3. KuRuPT

    KuRuPT Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I agree with this mostly. Not sure how to define him, but a notch below ATG sounds about right.
     
  4. robert ungurean

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    I think he was pretty great
     
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    This is a pertinent thread with the noises surrounding Josh Taylor. Comparisons to Buchanan are being made less and less quietly. His next two fights will determine whether this is prudent or not I guess.

    To answer the question, i think that the lightweight division is the deepest division, though this is arguable. I have Buchanan alongside DeJesus, McFadden, Laguna, guys like that; this is outside the top twenty.

    But this division isn't heavyweight. Just outside the top twenty is might close to being a great fighter for my money...in the end, gun to my face, guy going "IS HE GREAT?? IS HE GREAT, YOU LISTMAKING *****?" i'd have to say "no he's not, please don't shoot."

    But I wouldn't get upset if anyone disagreed with me.
     
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  6. Bummy Davis

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    very good boxer, tough fighter- he lost to a prime Duran but was hit low- the fight was very competitive - I think Ken was an excellent fighter- In fact Nat Fleicher of ring magazine told me that Ken was a very good fighter- that was saying a lot coming from Nat when it came to modern active fighters, which Ken was when the question was asked
     
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  7. emallini

    emallini Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    He was pretty damm great. Excellent boxer.
     
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    Very good, and possibly even great. But all time not great not quite. Damn good tho
     
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  9. ChrisJS

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    Superb fighter. Borderline great IMO.
     
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  10. KuRuPT

    KuRuPT Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Do you happen to have a link to a top 20 LW list you've put together?
     
  11. Rainer

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    He is perhaps as near to being a great as is possible without achieving greatness?
    His fight with Paduano was a boxing clinic.
     
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  12. Balder

    Balder Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I have always had him in the ATG list. He was that good. ( albeit lower than some others) But, yeah, he was superb.
     
  13. Jel

    Jel Well-Known Member Full Member

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    He was probably a nearly great. He gave great performances and he was unlucky in the way he lost the title (on an intentional foul) and then wasn't given a rematch by Duran.

    Had he beaten Ishimatsu Suzuki in 1975 he might well have got the rematch he deserved with Duran. A fight with DeJesus would also have been interesting. He was at his peak in the early 70s though so not convinced he'd have beaten either fighter at that point.
     
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  15. McGrain

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    Sounds about right.
     
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