It was easy to see where this thread would go.
I have Simon pegged as a bailer also, I just don't think he liked to get hit so when the going got rough, he'd bail out.
Let's face it, some guys have less heart than others. Simon had all the tools to be champ and didn't get after it, that's all there is to it. He's got some good wins on his resume and had a long career but never really lived up to his potential in my opinion.
I think Donald Brashear
was much worse than Simon though, that guy would bail on fights which he was winning just to guarantee a win! He got so many easy wins as a result of grabbing on, hugging, throwing a few noogies, and then oooops, he slips on a banana peel. And he's got quite a few fights where he gets tagged and he grabs on so the other guy can't throw anymore, I call that the standing bail. It explains why he had such a long career and never really got hurt much at all.
was well known to end his fights with a body slam, he was plenty strong enough to do so against anyone but he even admitted in Stan Fischler's book that he didn't like to get hit so at least he was honest about it.
If you look at those 3 guys and I'm sure there are others, I think you'd find that they were guys who just didn't like to get hit as compared to a Probert or Gaetz or Twist who you can hit and they just keep coming after you or a guy like Darren Langdon
who I also don't think liked getting hit but was so good defensively and would actually fight back after getting the opponent tied up in knots.
The topic is very relevant. I rank Simon in the 30's and most of that is because of willingness, no right hand to speak of, and balance issues. With more fire in his belly, he could have been top 20 and possibly higher.