Larry Holmes vs Frank Bruno in 1984

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  1. Dynamicpuncher

    Dynamicpuncher Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Let's say Bruno gets past Bonecrusher Smith how would Bruno have fared vs Holmes round about this time ?

    Bruno was a bit green but he still had a good jab and a powerful right hand which Holmes could be vulnerable to.

    Holmes was also slipping at this point in his career and hadn't really had a standout performance in quite sometime.

    I see Holmes stopping Bruno late on but I think Bruno could give Holmes so scares along the way and maybe even drop him with the right hand.
     
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  2. DBCOOPERJR

    DBCOOPERJR New Member banned Full Member

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    Holmes in a ud don’t really see Bruno giving Holmes much trouble plus I think Holmes would be in better shape for the fight say compared to the first Spinks fight.
     
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  3. Titan1

    Titan1 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    That's how i see. Larry stops Frank in the 11th round for me.
     
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  4. Noel857

    Noel857 I Am Duran Full Member

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    Larry lost to Oliver McCall a year later so bearing that in mind i would not discount Frank.Genuine 50/50 fight for me
     
  5. Dynamicpuncher

    Dynamicpuncher Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    1984 mate not 1994 although a 1994 meeting between the two would be interesting.
     
  6. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo VIP Member Full Member

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    Holmes would win but this would be a decent fight at that point and a good learning experience for Frank Bruno. A part of me wished that Bruno had beaten smith so this type of a fight might have happened.
     
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  7. Noel857

    Noel857 I Am Duran Full Member

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    Thanks for correcting my mistake. The old eyes aint what they used to be :). Certainly ten years earlier Holmes would be the choice
     
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  8. Dynamicpuncher

    Dynamicpuncher Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    With hindsight Bruno would've been Holmes's most dangerous opponent since Witherspoon.

    It's funny even though Bonecrusher beat Bruno I think Bruno would've gave Holmes a better contest.
     
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  9. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    Larry Holmes wins by ko 11
    But Holmes is surprised by Frank's powerful jab and right hand
     
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  10. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo VIP Member Full Member

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    Agreed. Bruno had an excellent jab, right cross, better conditioning and was younger. Bruno was leading comfortably against smith before he got caught in that barrage. Terry Lawless should have told him to play it safe in that last round. Frank Bruno was a guy who I really would have liked to see have more success. As it stands he still had a “ decent “ career.
     
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