John Conteh 1976 vs Thomas Hearns at 175 lbs. 15 Rounds.

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  1. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jul 16, 2019
    John Conteh 1976 vs Thomas Hearns at 175 lbs. The Conteh that defeated Alvaro Yaqui Lopez on Oct 18 1976 goes against the Hearns that defeated Virgil Hill. Who takes this 15 rounder? The winner takes on WBA champion Victor Galindez in Monte Carlo, Monaco, which was a hot spot for boxing back then. John was a natural light heavyweight while Hearns had to grow into that weight.
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  2. William Walker

    William Walker Boxing Addict Full Member

    Apr 9, 2020
    Hearns was good at any weight, and of course the fact that Hearns turned light heavy later in life shouldn't necessarily throw us off and automatically say that Conteh was a much better light heavy. However, I don't think either that Hearns could have become a light heavy any earlier than he did. If we are talking about the real light heavy version of Hearns rather than a fictional glorified version, I favor Conteh, but only slightly since Hearns was competitive at every division he competed in.
  3. PhillyPhan69

    PhillyPhan69 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Dec 20, 2006
    Conteh fairly easily IMO
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  4. The Morlocks

    The Morlocks Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Nov 21, 2009
  5. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

    Mar 3, 2019
  6. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 22, 2015
    Well that night vs Lopez Conteh was a one handed fighter so this would be fairly close I actually think it could go either way on points.
    A fully fit and prime Conteh though stops Hearns.
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  7. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Full Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    Conteh. Hes not a better fighter than Hearns but he has him at this weight class
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  8. Jel

    Jel Reserving the right to be inconsistent Full Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    I like Hearns here as well.

    Conteh is clearly the greater light heavy but Hearns is the greater fighter who could still mix it up at light heavy - the 87 version of Hearns still had enough in all departments to win this, I reckon.
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  9. Fergy

    Fergy Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    Conteh of course the natural light heavy, should favor him.. But it's The Hit Man!
    I'll say split in favor of Hearns but very, very close.
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  10. Gudetama

    Gudetama Active Member Full Member

    Sep 11, 2017
    I'd pick Conteh here. For his time, he was a decent sized LightHeavy. I'll say Conteh by stoppage in rounds 9-10.
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  11. Mod-Mania

    Mod-Mania Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 12, 2012
    Conteh late stoppage.
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  12. Stevie G

    Stevie G Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    Provided John's right hand is injury free I take him to stop The Hitman late on. Otherwise John gets outpointed.
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  13. Clinton

    Clinton Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Tommy lost to Iran Barkley at 175, but hes going to beat a close to prime John Conteh? Nope
  14. Titan1

    Titan1 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    Good matchup. Despite Tommy's talent, I think John was talented in his own right, and, after some early intense moments, stops Tommy in th e 11th round.
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  15. HolDat

    HolDat Active Member Full Member

    Sep 25, 2020
    Hard to pick. Might be like the Virgil Hill fight. I thought it was pretty close too.