Originally Posted by srehm1
Nothing personal at all bigjack. My first post in this thread was laced with sarcasm. Yeah Fotiu lost that fight, but I try to put it into it's proper perspective. He was past his prime. These guys are only human and cannot be expected to fight at the same level throughout their whole careers. Do you think Paterson beats a prime, New York Ranger version of Fotiu?
I do believe that some fighters improve over time - look at Grimson, Ray, Brashear etc. They withstood some early losses and were able to improve over time.
I think if someone were to point out Brown's fights with Simon I would say "Brown fought him twice. Lost one and the other was a draw. Simon was in his prime while Brown was at the end of his career" I don't think that's making an excuse so much as putting those fights in their proper perspective!
Your making excuses, simply put.
Look! The reason I tried to make a case for Simon ws precisely because he was kicking that a** 16 years later, and not tomato cans! Sure he took some losses along the way, but, on balance, Simon went out getting the same results as when he arrived, in the middle, and the end -