Tony Sibson v John Mugabi

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Stevie G, Jul 21, 2021.

  1. Stevie G

    Stevie G Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    At Middleweight.

    I envisage this one being a pretty exciting fight. The incarnation of Tony who got beaten by Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1983 versus the Mugabi who was also licked by Marvin three years later.

    I forecast a seesaw type battle early on with maybe both combatants tasting the canvas. After a while,though,I imagine that Sibson,the naturally heavier guy stopping John by the time the tenth round elapses.
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  2. Indefatigable

    Indefatigable Active Member banned Full Member

    Mar 6, 2021
    Neither liked punishment. Weak hearts. Whoever gets hurt first capitulates. My bet Mugabi by 1 rd KO
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  3. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    Tony Sibson did not have a weak heart. He was overwelmed by Peak Hagler. No shame in that.
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  4. Noel857

    Noel857 I Am Duran Full Member

    Mar 24, 2019
    On what do you base your opinion that both fighters had weak hearts?
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  5. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    I'd have more faith in Sibson here. Decent power, decent boxer, decent durability, plenty of heart and will. I think he's the safer bet. Mugabi never beat anyone on his level.
  6. Stevie G

    Stevie G Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    Well said,Fergy. In 1983 Hagler was prime and could beat anyone around.
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  7. Stevie G

    Stevie G Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    I was watching Sibbo's fight with John Collins last night. This was his best performance in my opinion. Quite remarkable considering it was his first bout post Hagler.
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  8. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    Oh without a doubt, buddy.
    Hagler, in fantastic shape and hungry to hold on to that title.
    Doesn't matter who's in front of him. Their getting wrecked!
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  9. young griffo

    young griffo Boxing Addict Full Member

    May 18, 2006
    Sibbo for mine here. Mugabi can’t be discounted but Sibbo was tough, a good puncher, rugged and strong. I’d back him to survive some heated exchanges before Mugabi tires and wilts late.

    A great match up!
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  10. Kamikaze

    Kamikaze Afraid of Baboons... Full Member

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  11. FastHands(beeb)

    FastHands(beeb) Well-Known Member Full Member

    Oct 28, 2010
    I remember both very well. This would have been an action packed match. Sibbo is one of my favourite boxers ever & I saw him live a number of times (Salvemini, Coolidge, Minter, Marciano Bernardi etc).

    Both guys (pre-Hagler) have the capability to beat the other here. Mugabi had elite level power with some awkward, unorthodox delivery and pre-Hagler his punch resistance was decent; the on-form & fit Sibbo had a deceptively good boxing brain (see the Minter fight) and a great short jab which he could control opponents behind.

    Mugaabi's level and particularly his punch resistance seemed to drop off a clliff post Hagler.

    Although Sibbo had a good chin I think at his best Mugabi had the kind of elite level power at both 154 & 160 to crack all but the very best chins. I think Sibbo would probably be slightly ahead by about the 4th or 5th but would probably get caught by a monstrous shot and either stopped by such a shot or by the follow-up attack, but it would not surprise me if Sibbo outboxed Mugabi.

    I'm aware that Hagler was shop-worn when he fought Mugabi but I thought The Beast stood up to Hagler's physical powers more robustly than Sibbo did.

    Overall, my pick is Mugabi here because I think at his best he was a smidgen more durable than Tony and I think Sibbo might "go" first.
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  12. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 4, 2016
    If Sibson can survive the Beasts initial assault he might come back for the win but as some have already stated I lean towards Mugabi to stop him. I think Tony will get hit very hard in the first 4 rounds and once he wobbles he ain't slick enough to survive. I make the Beast at least a 60-40 favorite. Certainly not an overwhelming favorite
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  13. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    Agree. Mugabi needs a fast and early knockout to win this one. If the bells ring for rounds 7-8-9, etc his chances go down hill
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