When was Bruno at his peak?

Discussion in 'British Boxing Forum' started by DavidC77, Mar 22, 2020 at 7:47 AM.


  1. Momus

    Momus Well-Known Member Full Member

    2,956
    1,529
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Nov 27, 2010
    I watched a few 90s Bruno fights recently, and was struck by how much of a dirty bugger he was. Constant rabbit punching, holding and hitting, and mauling up close.

    Both Tyson fights exposed that he had little inside game, and he managed to get away with it over here by holding and fouling. Both Steele and Lane didn't let him get away with any of that though.
     
    lloydturnip likes this.
  2. LoadedGlove

    LoadedGlove Active Member Full Member

    924
    806
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Dec 6, 2019
    You're dead right. Frank never could fight inside. The constant infringements you mention were like a blag.
     
    Wizbit1013 and Momus like this.
  3. lloydturnip

    lloydturnip Well-Known Member Full Member

    2,002
    1,393
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Sep 5, 2016
    Bruno was dangerous hard hitting real one punch power and jolting jab. He couldn't cope with Tysons speed but his power made him a threat to anyone. .I think stopping Tillis was a impressive performance .Pity he didn't fight more regularly.
     
    Heisenberg likes this.
  4. Willis Brown

    Willis Brown Member Full Member

    234
    158
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Apr 30, 2017
    I suppose the comparisons between Bruno and Joshua are natural as they both have body building type physiques, suspect chins and dodgy gas tanks , neither are what you would call natural fighters although in my opinion AJ has a better skill set. The crowd always loved Frank and he was promoted very well. He did well against Lennox and was fortunate to get a forth attempt at the title against the erratic Oliver McCall . At the end of the day he was a world champion so that must have been his peak.
     
    BELLERS likes this.
  5. Wig

    Wig Boxing Addict Full Member

    4,187
    945
    Sportsbook:
    1,364
    May 31, 2010
    There’s a reason Aj is known as a “poor mans bruno” within boxing
     
  6. Naked Snake

    Naked Snake Member Full Member

    396
    329
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Feb 25, 2020
    If anything he's a rich man's Bruno
     
  7. Wig

    Wig Boxing Addict Full Member

    4,187
    945
    Sportsbook:
    1,364
    May 31, 2010
    Yeah except no one says that because it isn’t a saying.
    “AJ is a poor mans Frank Bruno” step into any am gym in the country and you’ll likely hear that at some point. Your saying on the other hand I don’t think you’ll ever hear anyone saying it pal. I certainly haven’t
     
  8. Naked Snake

    Naked Snake Member Full Member

    396
    329
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Feb 25, 2020
    I've definitely heard it
    Well, you see, calling Joshua the poor man's Bruno when he's in fact better than Bruno would be incorrect. A poor man's substitute is a substitute that's not as good as the original but similar enough that you can get it if you can't afford the original or the original is unavailable. Joshua, being an Olympic gold medalist, Unified champion, demonstrating more dimensionality to his game than Bruno ever did, is not only a worthy substitute but superior to the original. Hence rich man's substitute.
     
  9. On The Money

    On The Money Dangerous Journeyman booted Full Member

    19,044
    4,740
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Apr 4, 2012
    Probably against Tyson in 89.

    Joshua is better btw, has some of the same shortcomings in chin and tank, sometimes looks similarly stiff, but also more destructive and quicker which put him where he is.
     
  10. catchwtboxing

    catchwtboxing Boxing Addict Full Member

    6,308
    1,959
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Jul 4, 2014
  11. N17

    N17 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    27,627
    16,107
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Feb 16, 2013

    You're spot on in my opinion Mr Wiz.

    For 6 rounds Bruno was giving Lennox all he could handle, at the end of 6 rounds the judges had it..

    57-57
    57-57
    59-55 Bruno


    To be fair to Bruno the left hook that started the final onslaught would have dropped most heavyweights and Bruno never recovered from that left hook, Lewis just jumped all over him and it was correctly waved off.

    Bruno was never off his feet though, gave a great account of himself and after that went on to win that title a couple of years later.

    But that's probably the best I saw Bruno look for 6 rounds, he looked mature, his stamina didn't look that bad but to be fair he didn't fade in fights, he just literally stopped, so he might have blown out at any point but up until that shot he looked very good.
     
    Wizbit1013 likes this.
  12. Wizbit1013

    Wizbit1013 Hey Fatty Boom Boom Full Member

    1,559
    1,634
    Sportsbook:
    1,040
    Mar 17, 2018
    Yes at some point every boxer peaks mate
     
  13. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

    3,509
    2,299
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Mar 22, 2015
    I was around for the Bruno years and although I’m not Joshua’s biggest fan he’s superior to Bruno.
    He’s simply got a much better all round game. A bigger variety of punches, a more nimble mover which he showed in the second Ruiz fight.
    I actually though think Bruno possessed the better chin, his problem was running out gas, more than the chin.
     
    Heisenberg likes this.


Sign up for ESPN+ and Stream Live Sports! Advertisement