To me i really see a some parallels in how tyson and sugar ray got exposed as fighters. In tyson a hybred boxer/slugger against a great boxer with a stiff jab, like douglass who could keep him at bay and wear him down. With Ray it seemed the opposite to me, a mean and tough slugger like Turpin and Lamotta could beat the real Ray robinson (pre 55) before retirement. Ray knew what his toughest style to fight was, i'm convinced. This is WHY i always assume that he could manage to go through the toughest decade of all time the 40's. in his prime and not manage to fight hardly any of the best fighters. I mean Lamotta fought more than him. Let's prove my point my examine this list of the toughest group or period of middleweight's in history what was refferred to as Murders Row for their levels of difficulty.
ALL THESE HE AVOIDED
Holman Williams (who lamotta fought)
Lloyd Marshall (who lamotta fought)
aaron TIGER wade (sugar gracious let fight him at the very end of his career, in 1950 albeit)
Sugar was fighting hard fights by 41, (servo/zivic) so he just managed to go through the 40's AVOIDING almost all these guys. This is like Jack Johnson not wanting to fight any of the real hard guys (the other black fighters) as champ,(langford,mcvey,jeanette). Sugar drawed the line on some of the best black fighter, and comes off as a prima donna, at least a little bit to say the least. If he fought all of these fighters his record would be riddled with loses, here and there and WOULD every one really look at him as a much different fighter? I mean i don't in any way see him as having so much far superior boxing skills over the guys like Burley. And Charley was facing MUCH, MUCH harder levels of compition. This is why i see Sugar ray as really unable to crack the top 5 in middleweight historys legacy, and much more of about 7 to 9 range, (that would be from about superweight limits and down 168-169 lbs). He wouldn't beat the like of Ezzard charles and Archie moore weighting around 168lbs weighting around 157, like some of these other fighters could. Kid Tunero beat a prime Ezzard charles weighting 155! Imagine that!! Think ray could? This fact really leads me to beleive that history may have scewed his greatness. He was the most gifted maybe, with pure skill but i really think he was soft. And really below many of these other fighters, of his OWN era. How can you be the best if you don't fight the BEST? Understand.