The best 20 year old fighters ever?

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  1. SeanK

    SeanK New Member Full Member

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    Who comes to mind when you think of early blooming boxers? In a head to head tournament where all fighters are taken back to the age of 20, who’d win?

    I think Mike Tyson would be a favourite. Ali and Patterson have being fairly young champions in their favour as well.

    Who else am I missing and who do you think would be the best?
     
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  2. BlackCloud

    BlackCloud I detest the daily heavyweight threads Full Member

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    Wilfred Benitez

    First world title @ 17yrs
     
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  3. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Cassius Clay would win.
    Clay would rise to the occassion.
    Put the Clay who fought Moore against the Tyson who fought Berbick .... it 's closer than prime v prime, but Clay finds a way to win.
     
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    This guy has to be in the running too :

     
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  5. SeanK

    SeanK New Member Full Member

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    I love Ali, but I think in that fight Tyson might win it. Prime vs Prime it’s always Ali
     
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    Sam McVea is probably in the argument.

    He was being talked about as the logical title challenger when he was 19!
     
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    Wass1985 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Ali at 20 would have beat Berbick IMO.
     
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  8. roughdiamond

    roughdiamond Bronson Full Member

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    Jung Koo Chang. ATG talent at 19. Turned pro at 17.

    Tony Canzoneri. Fought and (unluckily) got a draw with a great champion at 19/20.

    Thw real answer, though, is Nipper Pat Daly.

    Went pro at 11, retired at 18. Was fighting at world level, and only didn't win a world title due to his scumbag of a manager/ trainer.

    I'm not making this up. There is a great book out about him, actually.
     
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  9. BundiniBlack

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    There's guys who were good enough to be elite pros at 20 who were still fighting in the ams

    Roy Jones and Sugar Ray Leonard are obvious examples.

    Theres also guys who at 20 were fighting scrubs building there record but were already good enough to be elite pros.

    Roman Gonzalez is a great example
     
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    The Morlocks Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Pipino Cuevas was a wrecking machine great at 20.
     
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    JC40 Boxing fan since 1972 Full Member

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    Lionel Rose.
     
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    scartissue Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Willie Pep and Mando Ramos
     
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  13. Gatekeeper

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    Tyson has to be up there as does Floyd and a controversial pick would be Naseem Hamed.
     
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    salsanchezfan Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Dang; took mine (Ramos).
     
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    George Crowcroft Youngest Ezzard Charles Fan Ever Full Member

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