QUOTE(pacco_diablo @ Oct 9 2007, 06:08 AM) [snapback]360497[/snapback]
There is really no argument you can make. Athletes have "evolved." Athletes are bigger, faster, and stronger, and have CONSISTENTLY improved year after year. That's a fact. All you have to do is look at ANY sport and it's the same across the board. Today's athletes are far more superior to the athletes of yesterday in every sport, including boxing. I'd hope that you are not that naive to think otherwise.
As for super humans benching 1,000 lbs, you dont have to wait until 2015. It started happening in 2004 and the weight has been increasing every year. History is good, but not when youre living in it!
I for one do not agree 100% with that statement. For example I would take Duran to put a whuppin on any current lightweight.
These are the simple facts & I will use the greatest athlete in history to show them. Remember you said ANY sport not me.
Donald Bradman is the greatest cricketer to ever play & his career finished 60 years ago.
Bradman still holds the following significant records for Test match cricket:
Highest career batting average (minimum 15 innings): 99.94
Highest series batting average (5-Test series): 201.50 (193132)
Highest % of centuries in innings played: 36.25%
Highest 5th wicket partnership: 405 (with Sid Barnes, 194647)
Highest 6th wicket partnership: 346 (with Jack Fingleton, 193637)
Highest score by a number 5 batsman: 304 (1934)
Highest score by a number 7 batsman: 270 (193637)
Most runs against one opponent: 5,028 (v England)
Most runs in one series: 974 (1930)
Most centuries scored in a single session of play: 6 (1 pre lunch, 2 lunch-tea, 3 tea-stumps)
Most runs in one days play: 309 (1930)
Most double centuries: 12
Most double centuries in a series: 3 (1930)
Most triple centuries: 2 (equal with Brian Lara)
Most consecutive matches to have made a century: 6 (last 3 in 193637, first 3 in 1938)
To put this in perspective with other sports think of it this way
In order to post a similarly dominant career statistic as Bradman, a baseball batter would need a career batting average of .392, while a basketball player would need to score 43 points per game. For comparison, Michael Jordan holds the NBA record with an average of 30.1 points per game, while Ty Cobb's career batting average of .366 from 1928 still stands as the MLB high mark.
Both Cobb & Bradman are superior to any current or former player in their respective sports yet they played decades ago. How is this possible if modern athletes are "that much better"?
Bear in mind that Bradman never played against lesser teams like Sri Lanka & the like otehrwise his average would have been most likely 200+!
In short talent transcends timelines & innovations. If anything it shows that a talented performer from the past with todays training & tequniques would be even more dominant not less so.
As for boxing there are less people fighting today than 50 or 100 years ago so the talent pool has dwindled not expanded & hence it has become easier to win a title against far less potential opposition. 100 years ago boxing was one of the biggest sports & everyone tried it because if you were any good you made money. Now it is a long way down the list of professional sports priorities for high school students & really only the poor box seriously.
Why do you think there are so many 2nd & 3rd world boxers winning titles along with the "ghetto" Americans. Why would a talented athlete get paid peanuts unless he is a DLH calibre money machine when he can concerntrate on playing baseball, hockey or whatever & make guarenteed millions if he makes it to the majors?
Ask yourself those questions & have a serious think about it.