QUOTE (Fitz @ Nov 18 2009, 08:06 AM)
Fair point, I forgot about that. But my position still stands. I'm more of the opinion that he can do what he wants, if he wants out for health reasons fine, if he wants to fight on. Fine. But I don't agree with the push for trying to get him out of there. He knew what the tournament was about. Not every fighter was going to win. Look at RJJ, he got knocked out much worse than Taylor ever did and it was 2 consecutive times. People were asking him to retire and now he has a potential fight with Bernard Hopkins line up.
I just think for health reasons AND for career reasons he should pull out of the tournament (using health concerns as the reason of course). I mean am I the only one here that think JT has NO CHANCE at winning this thing?
I'm not saying JT should stop fighting (well I did, but now after reading your guys' posts, I can see why people think he should continue), but he should fight lesser caliber fighters before stepping up to the plate again. True, Roy Jones didn't quit after the Tarver fight, but he lost three consecutive fights afterward, which included never rematching Glen Johnson, which Taylor would have to do (in terms of rematching both fighters he lost to) and fought the likes of Anthony Hanshaw, a blown-up Felix Trinidad, and Price Badi Ajamu for christsakes, before stepping up to lose again to Joe Calzaghe. Plus, Roy Jones is getting that Hopkins fight based on name and history, something JT does not have. And skillwise, JT is no Roy Jones.
This is boxing, people will loose, people will get hurt & people WILL get KO'd. What does he expect? Special consideration?? Who's to say this weeks fight won't end in a brutal KO? Or next rounds fights won't end badly for one of them? So they gonna pack their bags as soon as they loose. These are different circumstances, it's a tounement..finish it off or don't join it.
Yes this is boxing, and people do lose, but the smart thing for any top fighter to do, as I have stated MULTIPLE times in this thread, is take on lesser fighters before shooting for the top. How many of us would think it is a good idea for Cotto to hop into the ring with Shane Mosley or Antonio Margarito right now? No, we'd expect him to take on someone like Michael Jennings after a LONG rest.
Yes this is a tournament and JT knew the stipulations which is why I said, "Maybe he shouldn't have entered the tournament in the first place". But that's all speculation. What we have now is an opportunity for JT to pull out of the tournament for legitimate reasons, and from a health point of view and a career point of view, I think JT should do it. (And yes, suffering from a concussion and not being able to remember events that happened 15mins prior, in front of your wife and children IS a legitimate reason).