That's just it. Those with respect go on to succeed. They win the fights because they take it seriously and don't go bad mouthing opponents and treat them with equal respect. That is a professional boxer. Those normally win the fights against opponents who are 'all talk, and no action'.
There is very few of them. Can honestly say there has only been a few:
- Naseem Hamad (cocky sod - but was good)
- Mayweather (one of the best)
Look what happened to Naseem Hamad when he boasted about beating Barerra black and blue? - he got beat becasue he knew he was a strong candidate. It a bit like the bully meets his match.
Real boxers take the sport extremely seriously and have very high respect of their opponents. You get taught that from a young age with the right coaching. Those that don't get brought into the limelight too fast.
- Jeff Lacy was another who was supposed to rip Calzaghe's head off. Did he? Nope - he got beaten so badly, the fight shoudl have been stopped by his cornermen.
Corley has, like Zab, lost to anyone worth their sort.
Sorry; who has Hatton lost to again?
To say fighting negatively is beneficial to Witter is laughable. If he was so negative, any boxer worth their sort would of taken him to the cleaners. They see an opportunity and grab it. A unanimous decision is not good, and Witter is far stronger now anyway, so I'd very much like to see him take on Zab again.
Zab fans are normally blind anyway - if you can seriously rate Zab on those 2 fights, it just about shows how bad he actually is. If you mentioned Kostya or Coralles, then I would respect a hidden talent that I have never seen. I have watched many a video of Zab against mediocre opponents.
I don't rate Zab at all. I think he is a great athletic talent with mediocre boxing skills.
Witter fought negatively in that fight because he had no intention of trying to win. This is because it was too early for him and it was more for the money and experience. I never said it was a good thing, what I was intimating was that if you have ever fought someone that doesn't want to get hit and isn't throwing anything back, it's extremely difficult to do anything with them.
Have you ever seen guys who are so awkward and elusive that they can make ANY fighter look bad? Witter is one of those fighters.
Like I said, from your comments I assume you have never been in the ring so you will find it difficult to understand. Ask any decent fighter who the worst type of people to fight are.
Hatton has fought ONE championship class fighter in his whole career - Tszyu. He had been out for a year so he was hardly at the top of his form. Not to take anything away from Ricky, but that fight was all about the right timing. He fought Collazo and look what happened! He nearly lost (I thought he did) to a guy nobody had heard of. Hatton is not a great fighter by anyone's reckoning. He is super fit and tough. That's about it for me.
Yeah but I mean competitively. Have you ever lived it?
If you have you would know what it's like to fight unorthodox switch hitters. Even if you are Zab Judah.
Go watch Roy Jones vs Montell Griffin I and you will know what I mean.
Guys, I think we should add a poll to this thread. A poll like who do you think is the greatest boxer ever.