Should Frank Bruno have been in this ring mag top 10?

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  1. mark ant

    mark ant Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    April 1988 issue, should Bruno have been in this top 10? Spinks was the ring mag champ at this time.
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  2. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    No not really. He'd only beaten an old Bugner, then sat on his azz till the Tyson shot.
     
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  3. Pepsi Dioxide

    Pepsi Dioxide Active Member Full Member

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    Is this before or after the Witherspoon fight ( I think its after). You could make a case he's somewhere near the bottom based on how he was doing well against Witherspoon (#4 here) before being stopped. But since being stopped by Spoon his best win was an old Bugner.
     
  4. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    Definitely after. He lost to Bugner in 86 I belive. Then didn't really fight anyone decent. I remember him knocking Chuck Gardner out cold and a massive uproar that Bruno was fighting absolute bums.
     
  5. mark ant

    mark ant Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Spoon fight was in `86 this list was compiled in 1988.
     
  6. mark ant

    mark ant Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Think you got the Bugner fight mixed up with the Spoon fight.
     
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  7. JackSilver

    JackSilver Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Who did Biggs and Rodriguez beat then to deserve being in the top 10 ahead of Bruno?
     
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  8. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg @excelsioroptimum Full Member

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    Four fights in 1987 against middle aged journeymen Tillis, Gross, Gardner and Bugner probably wasn’t enough to argue his case. Then inactivity really hurt him as he waited for the Tyson fight
     
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  9. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    I did mark, my mistake. But they do look alike..
     
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  10. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Not quite i think. Very close call with Hercules.
     
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  11. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    LOL.
    Like I'm in charge of who gets put where in 30 year old ratings??
     
  12. sweetsci

    sweetsci Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Funny, Bruno was ranked by other mags (Boxing Illustrated, KO) throughout 1988 and into the 1989 Tyson fight, but Ring was having none of it and didn't rank him in any issue (that I could see) during this period.
     
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  13. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    Ring Mag got it right that time. I remember the Mag rating Spinks their lineal champ. That was when Tyson had all the belts and basically had kod everyone decent.
    But they stuck to their guns despite what some said and kept Spinks as the champion.
    The old, man who beat the man who etc..
     
  14. sweetsci

    sweetsci Well-Known Member Full Member

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    And, if I recall correctly, Tyson and his management (Cayton & Jacobs, etc.) at the time agreed with Ring.
     
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  15. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    That was Tyson for you back in the day, respect for boxing history and heritage.
     
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