QUOTE (EAlbian @ Sep 29 2010, 02:45 PM)
I guess i just don't see who Tsyzu beat besides judah and a way past it roger mayweather and jcc. all the other fighters on his resume are ok at best. mayweather never fought n'dou; he fought gatti, busselles, and chop chop. he was chasing big fights(delahoya) and everything at 140 during that time was premature or not worth any money. mayweathers work after the 140lbs leads me to believe he smokes any of the fighters at 140 at that time
My bad, he fought N'Dou at 135. But once again I am usually always in the minority as I like to look outside the box and don't focus too much on resume when a fighter has dominated a division and cleaned it out for so long. Bernard Hopkins resume wasn't impressive either (if you are looking just for names) when he had just beat Trinidad. I look at their career as a whole when they stick at one division and clean out, beating mandatories and the best the division has to offer. I'm thinking for a fight now like Marquez-Katsidis where Marquez is fighting his mandatory. Sure it won't look impressive if you just look at that win, but when you see they do it time and time again, on a regular basis and fight everyone they put in front of them. I think that's discipline and dedication to stick in your division and build your legacy and the way boxing is run now, it's why boxing is going down hill and MMA is on the rise.
With boxing, people seem to purely focus on looking for a familiar name or as many familiar names to determine if they are good or not. I agree, that it is the case at times. But fighters cleaning out, dominating a division for years is underrated. Plus, some of the less known guys have more hunger than some of the other guys, because they get their shots through hard work, a lot of the familiar names get it on reputation.
Not saying his resume is better than everyone elses, but I don't right someone off. As long as someone has stayed in their division, been king of that division and beat everyone they have to offer, well I think that's underrated. Sometimes it can be much easier sitting back, picking and choosing familiar names (not to get confused with good fighters, because a lot of the times, once were good fighters are still fighting on a reputation of being good which isn't the case). I don't know, like I said I am in the minority and I look at it differently. I think fighters sometimes get overlooked at times just because they don't have the who's who of boxing on their resume.
I have always been a fan of fighters sticking to a weight class and cleaning out until they can no longer make weight. Hopkins, Tszyu, Hagler etc. I think it's also why boxing is going down hill, people focus too much on losses and is why we have so much picking and choosing.
Katsidis-Marquez is exactly why I love fighters sticking at a weight class, because you do get some hungry fighters who are given a chance.