Tons of guys who could also give you a run for your money if you were out of shape, as Mercer learned against Jesse Ferguson, who uttered the cult classic line after Mercer offered him money to throw the fight, "Should've trained harder, Ray!"
Holmes, Foreman (the old guard) were also not walk overs.
This was the era when boxers still looked like boxers and not like sumo wrestlers and giraffes.
Lol, beat me to Oliver McCall. Guy was insane, but could have been near the top if he wasn't. He got arrested in Nashville around Christmas, for getting mad and throwing somebody's giant Christmas tree across their lobby.
I met Johnny Bumphus once. Proudly telling everybody that he just got out of prison for killing a guy who molested his daughter when she was young. Seemed like a nice enough guy lol.
Too bad Bowe lost it just like Tyson. If only somebody could have steered those guys to a full career. 2 monsters way ahead of everybody until they crapped out. I remember hearing Bowe tell stories about him and Tyson growing up near each other in NYC. He said Tyson was always walking around with a bag of cookies.
Canucko have you ever heard of the danish boxer Super Brian Nielsen ?
Yup. Only saw the fight with Tyson when he quit on his stool. Didn't see much of him other than that.
Every country used to have one national heavyweight champion who got his day in the sun with the real world champion.
Ours was Willie DeWitt.
Here was his big moment:
Brian Nielsen was not a great boxer but was an olympic gold medalist and went 50 fights unbeaten , biggest win against an over the hill Larry Holmes i think
He was tough and had deep connections with Hells Angels so under a few years he kinda lived a rock star life here . He insulted the whole Tyson camp with a danish word that if you translate it wrong to english it means monkey ( correct translated more like a Brat )
I was alwaysed weak for lesser known fighters Clifford Etienne , Francois Bootha , Jameel McCline
"That's right... I've killed women and children. Killed just about everything that walks or crawled at one time, or another. And, I'm here to kill you, little Bill. For what you did to Ned."