and after that amount of time off, you probably are bette served easing your way back in.
AT THE TIME, Hayward didn't have the rep that he would have later on and Probably to Cokes and his camp, choosing Hayward probably seemed a safe choice.
It blew up on Cokes as after a fast start by him in whihc as Surf stated, the bout was very competitive and Cokes did put Hayward down and have him in trouble agian shortly after that. Cokes' parachute did not open and Hayward capitalized and took Curtis out.
I think rust and conditioning, not knowing his opponent and Hayward being better than probably anyone expected, all contributed to the win by Kitten.
But this was not a fight in whihc Hayward walked right through Cokes.