QUOTE(The C.E.O. @ Dec 26 2008, 03:51 AM) [snapback]418151[/snapback]
Sorry, Fitz....I know he's a nice and likeable guy....but I refuse to cut him some slack when it comes to his in ring ability and overall worth....which is the way all fighters should be judged ultimately....for their skills and not for their persona outside the ring....
Calzaghe fans overrate the shit outta Kessler....when the truth of the matter is he's nothing special at all...so in other words....he's NOT a force, and he's in the way....so he's gotta get bashed....
and yes...Abraham is a Middle....but it's my feeling that Kessler knows Abraham would pound him out.....so he's keeping that particular name out his mouth....
I don't think people overrate Kessler at all, I only see a select few rating him. It's just kinda weird in general to see people so high on Pavlik and then completely cut Kessler off. But hopefully we will find out what he is made of in 2009.
QUOTE(Big Slim @ Dec 26 2008, 08:57 AM) [snapback]418153[/snapback]
Kessler's a good fighter but that's about it. I see him coming in second against almost every other fighter on that list. Basically he's solid enough to be competitive but will lose to the very best.
Fitz is a good poster here - I'd call him the 2008 fighthype MVP for his combination of quantity and quality - but he's not the most unbiased. He does a pretty good job of not fawning over the guys he favors, but when it comes to guys he dislikes (ahem--Kelly Pavlik) he tends to let his bias show. Sorry bro.
I'd say JD is the most level-headed poster around. Aside from the fact he picks everyone from Jaidon Codrington to Mia St John to knock Jermain Taylor out he's got to be the best here at playing it straight.
I think Kessler is solid, not great. I think he will have some solid wins here and there and then find himself a level below others in other fights. Out of the 6 names he mentioned, I would pick him over Wright and Taylor, he would lose with Hopkins and Calzaghe (again), I have not seen enough of Dawson to make a safe pick (but from what I seen, I think Dawson would take it) and against Pavlik, it could be fairly close but I would give the edge to Kessler. I think that's about the fighter he is.
Thanks for the compliments, but I also don't think I'm too bias. I agree that it's easier for me to call things the way I see it with my favourite fighters, I can score them losing pretty easily, but can also do the same to fighters I really dislike. I just tend to show more emotions towards fighters I dislike, to fighters I like.
You are right that I don't like Pavlik, and said that from the start, but I still felt from the start I judged him fairly, and after seeing him with Hopkins, I think I made a fair call towards him as well. He is decent, but far, far from the fighter he was portrayed as. I really dislike Mayweather and Calzaghe, and there have been some (positive) areas that I do defend them in. I think I can be pretty unbias, but I still show feelings towards them.