QUOTE(Big Slim @ Nov 3 2008, 03:10 PM) [snapback]409169[/snapback]
BG the thing that's always struck me as odd about your argument is that you continue to defend Holyfield as a fighter today and talk up how he can still beat a lot of guys. You've supported him continuing on with his career, even though the idea that he can somehow become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world again the way he craves is completely delusional.
Toney - short, fat, piss poor conditioning et al - proved five years ago that regardless of all that, he is a much, MUCH better heavyweight at this point in time than is Holyfield. The way he handled Ruiz (steroids made no difference in that fight) compared to the manner in which Holyfield struggled with him proved that further. Toney dominated Guinn, who if nothing else is a legit trial horse, and most thought beat Peter the first time.
Granted, it was crazy for some to call Toney 'the future' of the heavyweight division - though I actually don't recall anyone ever expressing that exact sentiment, but whatever. Still, the fact remains that looking at his performances, James Toney in the past few years has been a very respectable, very legitimate heavyweight boxer. And that's pretty amazing when you consider how far up he came to get there.
I defend Holyfield's RIGHT to fight....but that does not translate into me thinking he can become undisputed HW champ again. And I give Toney the same amount of credit as I do Holy at this point....although they are both shells of their former greatness....they can still beat a bunch of today's crap HWs.
NOW, trying to make me believe that Toney is a BETTER HW today than Holyfield is....I don't really agree with that. Comparing the Ruiz fights is useless as they took place a few years apart and you know as well as I do....two fighters handling of a common opponent does not prove anything.
As far as I'm concerned...JT has yet to be tested with a guy with a huge size factor. He will with Thompson soon. BUT look how many years it's been. All the time he was fighting guys like Guinn and Peter and even Holyfield....I would always ask myself....how does this in any way prepare him for a Wlad or Vitali or Valuev. With a guy like Toney, extreamly short....those are going to be mega issues in a championship attempt with a huge guy.....and it's not like Tyson, where his size issues is lessened by his punching power.
All I ever wanted to check Toney's validity at HW was a matchup with a McCline or Briggs...somebody with a decent heigth advantage to see just how much the size was going to effect the outcome of a Wlad/Toney type matchup.
Instead we got fights with Guinn and Booker. Safe fights that really did nothing to back up all of his claims of being able to become HW champion.
If you did not catch all of the references to him being the future of the division, you must have missed a couple of issues of The Ring and one HBO BAD broadcast in particular.....because I nearly fell ot after reading/hearing such nonsense.
I myself do not think his HW career is ANYTHING worthy of his prior greatness. The record speaks for itself IMHO. BUT....unlike many, I never expected it to be worthy of anything.
James Toney is a legendary fighter coming to the end of his career trying to make big bucks off of the one division you can have a name in and do so. I don't think bad of him for that.....but I don't give him any chance to be HW champ based on anything I've seen fro mhim at HW. For sure as the years and chins start adding up.