The Daily Bread Mailbag returns with Stephen "Breadman" Edwards tackling topics such as George Kambosos pulling off a big shocker over Teofimo Lopez, Canelo Alvarez at cruiserweight, Stephen Fulton's win over Brandon Figueroa, and more.

Hello Breadman ,                            

You said Canelo may want to fight a smaller heavyweight if one becomes champion . Would Usyk fit the bill of a smaller heavyweight having moved up from CW . With Canelo pondering a title fight at CW , do you think he would move up and fight Usyk at HW . I have to ask , how would Canelo have done against Usyk at CW . And how do you think he would do now at HW against Usyk . I am a huge Canelo fan , but at some point he is going to get Karma.

I know he lost the first fight to GGG . Just like Choc beat Estrada . The action of history is true, the record may not be , but the action is . What is done cannot be undone . Lao-Tze says we only have the right to our labors , not to the fruits of our labors . GGG and Choc can only control for twelve rounds . They cannot control if the Governors or Judges will cheat them . Kara may be coming back around soon.   Canelo vs Usyk at CW ,  Canelo vs Usyk at HW

Thank You                                                                                

J.B.

Bread’s Response: We have the rights to our labors, not the fruits of our labors. I love that saying.

Usyk is just too big for Canelo in my opinion. He’s equally good but over 7 inches taller with a massive reach advantage. And he has more pedigree as far as amateur background. Honestly in defense of Canelo, I wouldn’t even expect him to try to fight Usyk. If he did, he moves up the ATG list, win, lose or draw. 

In the 80s there was talk of Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs Michael Spinks. I always felt that despite them close in a P4P sense, Spinks would beat him in a literal sense. Well Usyk vs Canelo is the same fight. Another historic fight that resembles that is Carlos Monzon vs Jose Napoles. Equal in ability. But a massive difference in height, length, natural size and physicality…..

With the fight date changes, COVID, the building animosity, and the whole Triller fiasco… I knew there was a joke somewhere in the Lopez-Kambosos fight but I never saw that punchline coming!! Crazy!!I’m sure you’re gonna get a lot of emails asking about Lopez and all the stuff he did wrong, so I wanted to mix things up with my questions: What do you think Kambosos did right? Can you breakdown his game plan? And correct me if I’m wrong, but is this his third consecutive fight where he was the underdog who came through with the W?I was worried they were gonna rob Kambosos when that one card was read for Lopez… I do NOT think he won. I feel like he had a case for a draw at BEST (and that might be a little generous). Lastly, assuming the rest of the fights in 2021 go as expected, is Kambosos vs Lopez the Upset of the Year? In my opinion yes, but I feel like Lara vs Warrington or Martinez vs Galahad have good cases too.P.S.: I know everyone has off nights, but were you at all shocked at how different  Lopez looked against Kambosos from how he looked against Lomachenko? It seemed like a day/night difference to me…

Bread’s Response: I picked Lopez because I thought Kambosos would press Lopez and Lopez would pick him apart. I thought Kambosos would fight emotional. Boy was I wrong! He won that fight MATURITY. He was the more mature fighter. He put Lopez’s FIRE out with WATER. He circled. He boxed. He moved. He jabbed and feinted. Kambosos still had his fire but it was under control. He found a shot which was the hook off of the jab and he rode with it. Lopez likes to go to a shoulder roll stance, which is there to ROLL a right hand after a jab. But Kambosos who was thinking CLEARLY, started hooking off of his jab and hit Lopez all night with the sequence. And when he did throw the right hand, he looped it over Lopez’s shoulder. Kambosos had a brilliant game plan and he had a brilliant mindset. What a special performance that was. My hats off to him. 

Kambosos had the same postponements and disappointments also leading up. He never wavered. He stayed steadfast. I can’t stop gushing over what I saw. I don’t mind being proven wrong under these circumstances. Lopez didn’t so much shock me with how he looked. Kambosos surprised me with his performance. But as I was watching, I feel like Kambosos made him look like that. I believe Lopez struggled to make weight and having a fight postponed is never a good thing for a fighter who struggles to make weight.

But Lopez is a big strong kid for 135lbs. He has plenty of kos. He’s got to hit on blown up 130lber in his career in many of his fights. He has a big physicality advantage over his opponents. He’s not super tall but he’s very muscular and his bones are big for 135lbs. So the same things that added to his status, also hurt him. When you’re a big fighter for the weight and you bask in your power and advantages you have to take it on the chin the day where that same advantage comes back to bite you. It bit him along with George Kambosos.

Another thing that may have made Lopez look different was how fast he started. His dad predicted a 1st round ko. Lopez predicted a 1st round ko. So he went out to get it. And it backfired big time. By the end of the 1st round, Kambosos had him timed and dropped him. 

Hey Bread, Brandon Figueroa vs Stephen Fulton to me showcased what a modern day swarmer looks like. As a trainer you obviously have to be prepared to fight any style but which type of style as a trainer is the most difficult to face.

To put it in the basketball terms nothing irritated me more as a scorer than someone who played that frenetic tight defense and never gave me room to get my shot off. Fulton was more skilled but he had to dig deep to win and he showed little to no signs of fatigue despite Figueroa’s consistent body attack. It was a great fight!

Lopez vs Kambosos was a shocker. What more can you say that Sergio Mora didn’t say when he stated that his performance was due to inactivity, ring rust and overconfidence .It reminded me of the statement you said Tyson Fury made about Wilder‘s anger working against him in reference to the hot coal. I’ve written in before about Larry Holmes but a friend of mine just shared a video of a prime Holmes in 1975. It’s amazing to think that he debuted in 1973 and fought until 2002 that’s nearly 30 years of boxing and he fought for the title in 1978 and challenged again in 1992 versus Holyfield then in 1995 vs McCall and in 1997 versus Brian Nielsen. Totally underrated and competitive for decades . I’m not so sure that the late 70s version of Holmes isn’t a problem for every heavyweight including Ali.

Take care, Aaron from Cleveland

Bread’s Response: Fighting Brandon Figueroa is like fighting with a pillow over your face. His pressure is real. Stephen Fulton showed COMPOSURE in that fight. COMPOSURE is a word that is not used much in boxing. Great fight. Great performance by both young men. Congrats to Fulton on a career defining win. 

There is no such thing as the most difficult style because it depends on the opponent. For example if you’re a swarmer facing a huge puncher that you can’t back up. You’re in trouble. See George Foreman vs Joe Frazier. But I will say that if a true swarmer is the hardest style to BE. Your conditioning has to be on another level. It’s why true swarmers are usually done by 30. There engine goes out. I will also say that if you can’t hurt a true swarmer, it’s impossible to have an easy night vs one. True elite swarmers with elite chins can fight any man, in any era and rise to the top of the food chain. Harry Greb, Henry Armstrong, Rocky Marciano, Joe Frazier, Roberto Duran, Jeff Fenech, Julio Cesar Chavez and Roman Gonzales hold their own vs any and everybody.

Teofimo Lopez was holding HOT COAL. Fighting mad and angry. Throwing all hard punches. It really came back to bite him.

Larry Holmes from 78-82 is a top 5 heavyweight ever. Put him in any era and he’s a top guy.

Breadman,

Hope you and family are good.  Always a lot to be thankful for. Below I posted quotes from Lopez's father concerning last weeks fight. As you can see from his quotes there is no accountability in his words.1.  He said his son won 10-2 or 9-3.2.  He said people could be bought as if their loss was due to a payout.3.  Tried to say his son was not knockdown then changed it to a flash knockdown.4.  Blamed DAZN.  Said he should have stayed with Top Rank. And more denials and his son cosigned .Not one word about what his son should have done better before and during the fight.

My questions to you Breadman are as follows. 1. Your opinion of the fight and the scoring. 2. Most times in a close fight their can be complaints with the scoring but do you think this was way out of line. 3. Does this type of reasoning from the manager hurt his fighter going forward in not being real as to what transpired. 4. What should have Lopez done differently.5.  Should he rematch or go up to 140.Its ok to not win as long as you move forward.  Michael Jordan lost a lot of playoff series before he won a title and he has done ok.  Secretariat lost 3 races in his great triple crown year but he has done ok.  I do not see that with many fighters today.  The 0 defeat mentality has become to important in boxing.

Take Care,

Rich Mathews

Bread’s Response: 1. I thought Kambosos won the fight. I wasn’t scoring it but it was clear to me he won more rounds. They both scored knockdowns so that’s a push, but again, Kambosos won more rounds. I say he won 7 or 8 rounds. Lopez won 4 or 5. The right fighter won the fight. Props to Lopez for pushing it late and trying to come on. He scored a knockdown and really made a fight of it but I didn’t think he won. A 1st loss in your hometown, is very tough to accept. So as for the post fight comments, we have to be understanding, he was emotional… Hopefully it doesn’t ruin him mentally because the critics and fans won’t be so kind to him. His father sort of rubbed his success in everyone’s faces and now….everyone will rub the loss in theirs. I feel for Lopez Jr. because this won’t be easy to overcome.

2. There is no way Lopez won that fight 10-2. But listen I’m not looking at the fight like his father. It’s tough to be objective in his shoes. But it’s a tough job. It’s part of the job description. I honestly hope he doesn’t think his son won the fight 10-2. It he does then lots of mistakes won’t be addressed. I don’t like criticizing trainers so this isn’t a criticism but it is an observation. 

Often times trainers get infatuated with their best fighter. Obviously Teofimo Jr is the pride of his father’s eye. I observed during the fight that Lopez Sr. would celebrate often. I think after the 10th round where Teofimo scored a knockdown, when he got back to the corner, his dad’s back was turned still celebrating. I thought Kambosos won the 11th and 12th rounds. The fight was still in balance. 

There were other times when the dad was telling him how good he was doing and cheering him on in the corner in rounds he clearly lost. I don’t know if he was serious or if was positive reinforcement. Maybe it was for the cameras. I have no idea. But often times a trainer that is into a kid like that, can’t see what’s happening objectively. They can’t see their guy losing. They think he’s Superman. They don’t fathom failure. Unless Teofimo gets stopped, his dad may not ever think he lost a fight.

3. See above

4. Lopez came out throwing all FAST BALLS. Even a great fast ball pitcher, throws a change up or slider so the batters don’t get too used to their fast balls. Most fighters who are blazing fast starters, aren’t blazing finishers. There are some exceptions but it’s not the usual. Lopez let Kambosos get too used to his fast ball right hand, too early. It’s a great and hard shot. But Kambosos’s eyes got used to it and although he was dropped and hurt. He rarely got hit with shots, he didn’t see or better yet didn’t expect. Lopez pressed too hard, too early and he fought an immature fight for the level he’s on. Lopez was a top 6 or 7 P4P fighter in the world. He’s at a level where more is expected out of him. He fought angry and anxious.

5. Lopez says he can’t make 135lbs anymore. So I will take his word for it. He’s very muscular and ripped down at 135lbs. I don’t think a rematch will happen because Kambosos is the man right now. Why would he move up to give Lopez a rematch at a more comfortable weight?

The problem for Lopez now, is going back to Top Rank. He made some disparaging comments about them and now he needs them. They may take him back but those comments won’t be forgotten. At 140lbs, Top Rank has Josh Taylor. Josh Taylor is not the guy you want to fight, looking for confidence. Taylor is an all around killer who can fight any style. He has an elite corner, who will pick up on Lopez’s flaws and they will remind Lopez of these flaws during the fight. Once you piss off the powers that be, you won’t get the benefit of favorable matchmaking anymore. Lopez may have to fight his way out of this.

Greetings, Breadman! Happy Holidays.

What would you do as Teofimo Lopez's trainer during the Kambosos fight and moving forward? You said it best that this is the Era of Lost Momentum. I don't know how we went from the Loma fight to that...Teofimo and his team lost that fight three ways. The first way was trying to beat Kambosos in the first round, which showed they had no respect for their opponent. If you listened closely, Teofimo Sr. said "be scared, Bro" right after they touched gloves to start the fight. They wanted to win a grudge match. The second is that when Kamboso didn't fold, they refused to box and still went for the knockout. Teofimo could have outboxed Kambosos and went to the body. The third and final way they lost was not pressing the action after the knockdown. It looked to me like Teofimo wanted to hurt him more than win. They lost that fight because of hubris.

Bread’s Response: Hubris is a real word people should look up. You make some good points. Lopez did seem to want to hurt Kambosos more than he wanted to win. Great observation. 

I don’t like to say what I would do as another fighter’s trainer. It’s just not proper etiquette. But I will tell you some flaws I see in the very talented Lopez. Lopez has to mature. He has to fight more focused than angry. Fighting angry didn’t work for him. I also believe he has to learn to cut the ring off better. Lopez is a big puncher. He’s fast. And he’s aggressive but cutting ring off is a skill. Good trainers will see the movement that Kambosos utilized and Lopez will see that again. That’s how the top level of boxing works. After you lose you have to raise your game because elite opponents will copy cat what made you lose in the 1st place. Lopez has knocked lots of guys out. He’s very dynamic. So no one noticed he didn’t cut the ring off well. 

Against Loma he stalked Loma. Loma gave up ground because he was trying to figure out a way to get inside and not get clipped. Loma is a pressure technician. There is a difference from keeping someone outside and stalking them. than it is, cutting ring off. Loma wasn’t scoring points outside, so Lopez was able to win rounds by letting his hands go. Where as Kambosos was scoring with a nice hook and jab from the outside, while circling. I’m not saying Kambosos is better than Loma, but they fought Lopez differently. Things are going to be hard on the young Lopez from this point forward. 

Hey Bread,

Once again love your mail bag on Saturday mornings to one of the greatest young minds and trainers in the game. Honestly much respect to you you know this game cold !My question to you is do you feel that a prime Mike Tyson, the night he knocked out Michael Spinks would beat Anthony Joshua Deontay wilder and Tyson fury in one night ? I say 100% yes I think nothing of Joshua I think he is a fraud fighter and will get knocked out in one round . No heart no chicken no skill Mike with steamroll him . As far as wilder I have so much respect for his heart it’s one of the biggest I’ve ever seen-  other than that though,  aside from his great punch , I don’t think anything of him as a fighter skill  wise I also think Mike would knock him out in one or two rounds . Then Mike would move on to Tyson fury who again I have so much respect for him as a fighter , very high character fighter but I just don’t think he would go more than six rounds with a prime Mike Tyson. What do you think?

Howie

Bread’s Response: Thank you. 

I wouldn’t say that Mike Tyson could beat them all in one night, that’s a little disrespectful to the fighters. But I will say I would pick him to beat Joshua and Wilder. Tyson is just too fast, talented and proficient in his attack for them. 

But, I don’t know about Tyson Fury. Fury seems like a big target for Mike Tyson and he is. But man, Fury has something about him. He has resolve. He has will. He actually has some things that Mike Tyson doesn’t have. I love Mike Tyson. I really do. But he had some flaws in his character. Now in 1988 they didn’t show up so maybe they surfaced with time. But I can’t call Mike Tyson vs Tyson Fury. I am not as confident as you are that Mike Tyson could beat him. I think it would be a tough fight for both men and I could see both winning.

What does the diet of a boxer look like leading up to a bout?  Does the diet change as the camp progresses?  I know that Mayweather had a personal chief, but I know that is a luxury not everyone can have.  Is there a strict regiment that you have your boxers adhere to, or do you give some wiggle room, or just have a rough guideline that your boxers follow? Also, are there any tricks or special weird insights to what some boxers might ingest that would supposedly give them an edge, outside of PEDs of course. For example, everyone knows about Juan Manuel Marquez drinking his own urine to retain nutrients, which I think is insane.  

Thanks

Bread’s Response: A camp is about 8 weeks. During camp a fighter should be fully hydrated. Approximately a Gallon of water every day. Water allows your organs to be full of water. You will take a punch better. It allows more oxygen to be carried to your cells. And it allows you to lose weight better because everything gets pushed out of you. A fighter should eat balanced clean meals. He should eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. And healthy snacks in between. When I say balanced, I mean carbs, proteins, fruits and vegetables. 

As the fight gets closer, if the weight is coming off good, you can keep portion size the same. If the weight is not moving, you have to do 1 of 2 things. Either increase the workouts, or cut the portions down. Maybe even both but you have to be careful. Increasing the workouts, and cutting down the calories and portion sizes will fatigue the fighter. 

To answer you specifically, you said leading up to a bout. So I assume you mean 2 weeks out. 2 weeks out for breakfast a fighter can have a nice bowl of oatmeal with fruit. Fighters often skip breakfast which is a big mistake in my opinion. The blood sugar drops with no breakfast and it affects the workouts later in the day. For lunch a like a nice salad. Not a lettuce salad. But a salad with spinach, kale, nuts, onions, peppers etc. The salad should be colorful. Maybe add a protein to the salad and some light carbs. Maybe a quinoa or pasta to the salad. Dinner is simple but productive. A protein. Nothing huge like a 16oz steak. But a nice size protein. 6oz to 8oz. 

Realistically in this era, that’s about as much as a fighter can eat 2 weeks before a fight. I personally like sweet potatoes for fighters. So a half of sweet potato. With some cinnamon. A vegetable. Something healthy he likes. But he needs vegetables. And a rice or pasta. A healthy rice or pasta. The meal shouldn’t be huge. The portions have to be decent size but not overwhelming and the fighter should eat before 6pm, so his body has time to digest. Any in between snacks should be fruit if it’s close to the fight because fruits digest easy.

Assalaam alaykum Mr. Edwards,

I wanted to see if you noticed what happened in Crawford's corner between the ninth and tenth rounds.  Bud was ignoring BoMac and his seconds and talking with someone in the crowd or maybe an ESPN employee (Andre Ward comes to mind, but I couldn't see who it was).  Whoever it was told Bud that Porter was up and then the following exchange happened:Second: “C’mon, Bud. Pay attention to us.” Bud: “They said he up. We ain’t up.” The whistle signals ten seconds before round 10. Bud: “He’s up?  Alright.” I think Crawford thought he was cleanly winning rounds.  

I think Bud believed he was fighting his fight and that no reasonable judge could have Porter ahead (Bud said this much more than once in his post fight interviews).  When someone credible told Crawford he wasn't up, he just turned up his game. I can't think of another fighter who is so many levels above his competition that he can just decide when to pull away in a fight.  It was less than two minutes after hearing that he might be down on the cards that Bud floored Porter.  I'm not going to suggest that Crawford could have ended the fight any time he wanted to, but I wanted to bring it to your attention.

To me, this is as ice-cold as Sugar Ray Leonard's response to "you're blowing it son!"  I can't think of another fighter who can just raise his game in such a high pressure situation.  Porter is no Tommy Hearns, but he's dead game and was fighting the fight of his life.  Bud is just on another level from the other fighters today. What other fighters are you aware of who can simply go deeper when they need to?  Are there any between Ray Leonard and Bud that come to mind?  I'd love to know your thoughts.  Thanks for everything you do for boxing.

Ma salaam, John

Bread’s Response: Yes I saw what Crawford did, that was BIG TIME. I thought the fight was razor close also. I even told some people so during the fight. So if someone had Shawn up I can understand it. 

Crawford not only has a clutch gene, he has a turn up switch. Great fighters who can attack, with killer instinct have this. Crawford is in special company but him and Ray Leonard are not the only guys I have seen who can do this. 

Sugar Ray Robinson was cut bad vs Randy Turpin. Robinson had lost the 1st fight to Turpin in his 2nd career loss. They fought a rematch and if Robinson would have been stopped on cuts history may look different. Robinson went out and gave Turpin a savage beating and stopped him in the 10th round. 

Jake Lamotta was losing to Laurent Dauthuille on a title defense. He was down big on points. He turned it up and scored a 15th round knockout to save his title.

James Toney was about to get stopped on cuts vs Tim Littles. Toney went into kill mode and dropped and stopped Littles within a round of being warned the fight would be stopped. There have been more cases of this than you may realize. I’m just a historian and I know about these things off the top of my head. But Crawford is definitely special. Beating him in this form will take an ATG effort.

Hi Breadman,

Hope you and your family are well. I'm too late for the mailbag this week but man I have a funny feeling an upset is on the cards this weekend. There is a strange energy coming from team lopez and something doesn't seem right. Fortunately we don't have long to wait and see. I wouldn't be surprised by a late kambosis stoppage followed by injury excuses.

I like the confidence kambosis has displayed throughout and he did well against, an admittedly faded Lee Selby. Teo is at the age of inconsistency and he may be due another nakatani type performance. I could be way off with this one but with the odds as long as they are it's worth it for the gut feeling. You know I'm a big josh Taylor guy, if Teo comes through this fight how do you see Teo vs Taylor at 140? I sometimes feel Taylor makes life difficult for himself, almost as though he needs to be in a tougher fight than necessary. The last fight he won easily was Ryan Martin and that was a while ago (bar his waste of time mandatory).

Thanks for you time as always,

Brian, Glasgow

Bread’s Response: Great prediction! I want to give you your props! Not many were picking Kambosos.

Hey Bread,

I saw Leonard Ellerbe once again advocating you for the role of new trainer of Anthony Joshua. Ellerbe is of course a big name, familiar to all hardcores and a lot of casual fans too because of his Mayweather connection, and any mention of superstar Joshua is big news too.

How does it feel to be advocated for such a big role in boxing and also have you noticed a new found level of recognition and/or respect you get in the boxing world having now proven your world class training credentials? Also, are you slightly famous? Do you get recognized much?

I also wanted to ask you about the weight division futures of the big LW names; namely Tank Davis, Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, Teo Lopez and let's chuck in Shakur Stevenson too. Most of us have given up hope of any real series of fights between these guys as that's just the nature of boxing now, so I was thinking when they all eventually end up at their ceiling weight divisions then we may finally see some of these fights. So we know Teo is eventually going to be a Welterweight, but what about the rest? Tank seems way too small even for light-welterweight to me. Do you think we soon or ever see any of them at 140lb or above? Finally, what creates a style like Crawford in the gym? It's not just the switch-hitting, it's the uniqueness of his swing too. If Hollywood did a film where a kung-fu guy became a boxing champion, he'd fight like T-Bud. Is it just nurturing natural talent or something more?

PS - Lennox Lewis vs Tyson Fury, James Toney vs Calzaghe, Salvador Sanchez vs JM Marquez

Bread’s Response: I appreciate Leonard Ellerbe saying that about me. Um….I don’t consider myself famous. But I’ve always been a pretty popular guy in regular life, as far as school, neighborhood etc. So things have remained the same as far as boxing. Your aura is really your aura. People recognize me sometimes public. Not too often though if it’s not a boxing event. I don’t know if I’m getting recognition or not. I don’t read comments about myself often. I just don’t indulge for many reasons. So I rarely hear or read anything about me. I just want to build a few more champions before I get out of boxing. With accomplishments comes accolades. 

Everyone likes attribution but I don’t need it. When people are against me it actually fuels me. I’m very self motivated and I don’t like to admit it, but I thrive in environments when people are against me. It makes me study film more. Wake up earlier to run with my fighters. Etc. I’m a little bit sick. When I played high school  basketball. I scored more points in road games than I did home games. I think the reason being was the hostile Philly crowds being against me. That has carried over to boxing for me.

I think Crawford’s style came about because of a mix of natural talent and great teachings from his trainers. Crawford is 5’8 but he has the wing span of a man 6’2. So his whipping punches come from his natural build. But it’s a testament to his training that his style wasn’t changed.  A fighter’s body type, natural ability and temperament usually determine his style. Then a trainer CULTIVATES it. Crawford was cultivated by great training.

Crawford is intense but calm and focused all at the same time. He’s also quick minded. He’s not a great defensive fighter. But he’s a great counter puncher, so he blunts your offense. He’s a person who I can tell can improvise. He’s creative. Some people use the left side of their brain, the practical side. Others use the right side more the creative side. I guarantee Crawford uses the right side more than most fighters. He’s a very creative fighter. He also is highly intelligent. His punching power tells me that. I don’t think Crawford is the hardest puncher, punch for punch. But on pads, or mitts or maybe a bag. He has figured out where HIS power zone is and how to crack the SWEET spot. You can hear the sweet spot on the pads and bags. Lots of fighters can hit hard, but they can’t hit a human as hard. Crawford can hit humans hard in their sweet spots. He knows how to snap the punches at the last minute to make them more deadly. He has the ability to touch a fighter with softer shots, then snap those same shots, at the last moment to make them hard and deadly. He did it to Shawn Porter. I don’t know if this was taught or not. But great trainers cultivate natural gifts. So no matter what, his trainers deserve credit for what he has become. Crawford is a special fighter.

Your hypothetical match ups are harder than most. All coin flips. Today I say Lennox Lewis would beat Tyson Fury. Lewis was deadly with sneak punches and I think he would slip something in on Fury that Fury didn’t see.

In the Toney vs Calzaghe match up most take Calzaghe because they assume his style would be a nightmare for Toney. But Toney beat 3 elite southpaws in his career. Michael Nunn who on his best day was as good as Calzaghe. Reggie Johnson and Vasily Jirov. Calzaghe was special but he wasn’t hard to counter punch. He threw so many punches, he was there to crack. He also was not as neat with his footwork as Pacman and Loma, two other high volume southpaws. Calzaghe was dropped several times with right hands and Toney’s right hand was as sharp as they come. I used to favor Calzaghe in this match up but I just watched Toney vs Nunn. I can’t call it now. There is a chance Toney could ko Calzaghe. 

Sal Sanchez is an ATG but so is Juan Manuel Marquez. Sanchez was held close a few times during his reign that historians forget about. Pat Ford and Pat Caldwell both had cases for beating him. Marquez had everything Sal had. He just fought in a different era and it took him longer to break through. Today I lean Sanchez but this fight would be really hard on him, especially if Marquez made him lead.

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