By Don Donatello
We have two great fighters, one is an American who was taught by his father and fought for his country in the Olympics and the other is a foreigner with a very obscure beginning. The American fighter is talented, highly skilled, and has been known to have sheer advantage over his opponent because of his quickness and speed. The foreign fighter is known as unorthodox and high volume offensive lefty. The American has dominated the boxing scene for a while and was at one time the P4P king. Comparing the two fighters, most scribes and boxing experts gave the American the edge if ever they fought.
The knock on the American was that he was too risk averse, he lacked a champion’s heart. Whenever his heart was the matter of question, he would go on the offensive and verbally lambast the interviewer. He would call himself a great fighter, the best of his era. He would claim and point out that he never lost and he was undefeated. He would also rematch one questionable and controversial fight on his record and beaten his opponent handily. When the foreign fighter was mentioned to the American fighter, he would state that the foreign fighter was not as good as he was and has fought opponents that were inferior and had earlier beaten their mutual opponent. He also claimed that he went up and out of his own weight division to fight a bigger opponent for a title and won.
The foreigner is a confident fighter, he would go into the American’s backyard and fight him. The foreigner is not much of a talker like the American. The foreigner had a huge following from his fellow countrymen, he was a rock star in his own country. The fight would be against the quick, talented, highly skilled but risk averse American against the unorthodox, high volume punching foreigner. The American is a classic boxer who used the jab to set up his punches, he would pick his spots, dictating the pace, and sometime laid against the ropes and go on the defensive. The foreigner is a lefty who can punch from sun up to sun down.
The American and the foreigner were both great fighters and matched up evenly at almost every point. The speed were about equal, the knockout percentage was better for the foreigner, the foreigner was younger by about three years, the American was orthodox in stance and the foreigner a southpaw. The American was the best fighter in his country and the foreigner in his.
The American has been accused of cherry picking and used monetary demands to avoid certain fighters. The foreigner has beaten the best and latest challengers and had come calling to fight the American at his own back yard. The foreigner would even leave his natural weight and go up to fight the American.
So who would win if they fought? The quick and speed classic boxer or the high volume, unorthodox lefty foreigner? Will we ever know if these two contrasting styles and personalities get into the ring to fight each other?
The answer is yes, they did get into the ring and fought each other. The foreigner won and humiliated the American. Joe Calzaghe of Wales beat the American Roy Jones Jr.
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