This is what I mean about some of the pro-Monzon posts here. Undefeated Spinks is "not in Monzon's league"? Spinks "soaked up such punishment"?Originally Posted by PeteLeo
I have rewatched these Spinks fights more than once, and the Eddie Davis fight was a questionable decision, I'd admit--but that's not worse than a ton of "draws" on Monzon's record. Spinks got hit, but never significantly hurt or dropped in his entire light-heavy career, and he gave a cannon-load more than he got--to Sutherland, Johnson, and the others.
To say Spinks isn't in Carlos's league--an undefeated Spinks at light-heavy, who also beat all the heavies put in front of him except a prime Tyson--this I strongly disagree with. True, Monzon had nearly as many draws as Spinks had fights, but even prime to prime, Spinks was never dropped in his 175-pound career, and Rodrigo Valdes surely wouldn't do it.
Now, how would Monzon fare with a prime Qawi, whom Michael beat? I'd say the "midget" Qawi breaks Monzon in two, and it wouldn't take long. And had Monzon ever fought a wily, sturdy, tough, talented hombre like Qawi at 160--which he didn't--I'd expect at least a loss for Carlos, if not the decapitation I'd predict at 175.