Is Joe Gans a greater lightweight than Roberto Duran?

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  1. ETM

    ETM I thought I did enough to win. Full Member

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    1. Duran
    2. Gans
    3. Leonard
    4. Ike Williams?
     
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  2. Fergy

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    Gans comes very close to Duran, for me.
     
  3. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Greater yes but i'm not taking Gans or Leonard to beat Duran at their greatest.
     
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  4. mcvey

    mcvey Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Leonard
    Gans
    Williams
    Duran
    For me
     
  5. Greg Price99

    Greg Price99 Active Member Full Member

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    Where would McFarland factor for you, Mcvey?
     
  6. mcvey

    mcvey Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Listening to other posters I respect. I'd have to rate him highly,but I really don't know enough about him to give him a definitive ranking.
     
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  7. Greg Price99

    Greg Price99 Active Member Full Member

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    Fair play to you, it takes humility and intelligence to say that.

    For whatever it's worth, in fights I suspect were contested at 139lbs or under, I have him as going 90-0-7. That includes 1-0-2 vs top 10 LW, Freddie Welsh, where he's considered to be on the better end of both draws, at least 1 of which reads as a robbery. He also has wins at this weight over the great Jack Britton, Lockport Jimmy Duffy, Leach Cross x 2, Owen Moran, Benny Yanger and Matt Wells.

    He's my #4 at LW, but the more I think about it, he has a case to be over Duran, based on fights solely contested in and around LW.
     
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  8. mcvey

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    You cant argue with his stats.
     
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