Biggest Overachievers in Boxing

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I've got to say Froch.

He managed to wring every single little bit out of his ability. Nobody could have done more with what he was given.

You've got to respect that.
He is the perennial overachiever.

Excellent career.

Bagged a model partner before he was rich and famous.

Made millions, and kept Matchroom and sky boxing relevant during a fallow period for British boxing.

Highly placed pundit and commentator, despite being bang average and only half-arsed at best.

Now that I have said all that, I am starting to worry he might be right with all the conspiracy nonsense he has been spouting.

Man's clearly a visionary and a born winner. If he thinks the earth is flat then he must be right.
 
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The fist name that popped into my head was Ricky Burns.

Froch isn’t a bad shout at all either. For someone who at times was embarrassing bad technique wise, crossing his feet, slow as shit hands, etc they (I give McCraken a lot of credit) managed to develop a style that worked beautifully within his limitations and exploited his unbelievable engine and chin.

Amir Khan also has to be mentioned. I know he’s got incredible hand speed, but I really don’t rate his boxing IQ at all and we all know about that extremely questionable mandible, so to actually have had the career he’s had (clever enough match making!) is impressive and a testament to the fact he really does have balls like grapefruits.

How much of that is down to him being too thick to realise how deep he was in I’m not sure but I still give him credit. He basically had a career based on quick hands and being thick. Lol.

Thinking of Khan, I’d like to nominate one of my favourites, Marcos “El Chiiiiiino” Maidana. Crude, violent slugger, bought in as an opponent on more than a few occasions and slugged his way through to 2 massive paydays against Floyd, gave him the best fight of anyone in the last 5 years and retired off into the sunset to get fat and be happy.
Maidana is a really good shout.
 
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I'd put Tony Bellew in this category. Certainly in terms of money made - he managed to have lots of successful PPVs and rematches vs the likes of Cleverly and shot Haye. He won world titles and fought in 3 weight-classes. Got out at the right time after a respectable loss. Has a nice gig with sky punditry now and even managed to flex his acting muscles in Creed. Don't know if he was even that well liked? In the ring I don't think he had any great attributes - decent power and ring iq so I would say he had a great career all things considered.
 
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I'd put Tony Bellew in this category. Certainly in terms of money made - he managed to have lots of successful PPVs and rematches vs the likes of Cleverly and shot Haye. He won world titles and fought in 3 weight-classes. Got out at the right time after a respectable loss. Has a nice gig with sky punditry now and even managed to flex his acting muscles in Creed. Don't know if he was even that well liked? In the ring I don't think he had any great attributes - decent power and ring iq so I would say he had a great career all things considered.

He overachieved commercially, I wouldn't say he overachieved in the ring. He was a pretty decent fighter, good power, ring IQ and solid attributes all around besides foot speed. He didn't beat anyone that I would say was a big upset, he was a huge underdog in Haye 1 but that was because no one knew how shot and injured Haye was going in. In reality, Bellew was the much fresher guy and Haye had pretty much nothing left besides a big punch. Seeing how he fought Usyk, you have to say Bellew was a world class operator at CW, not the best but definitely top 5 in that division when he retired.
 
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That Carlos Molina. Absolutely nothing stood out with him. Wasn't athletic, fast or a big puncher but he managed to win a title at 154. Horrible style to watch.
 
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DB Cooper

peel me a grape
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Porky Russ - 10 years in the slammer, racial abusing George Groves wife and has now managed to blag a job with Dennis Hobson + multiple sponsors on his Youtube channel.
Russ is one strange unit. Not sure how he 'succeeds' at what he does TBH?
 
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He's definitely earned not being called an over-achiever but Winky Wright springs to mind, never considered a master of anything and won his opportunity to the Mosley fight over a long tough road and a couple of dicey decisions against him, two great wins over superstar Shane Mosley and then beat the great Trinidad, challenged for the Middle-Weight title and fought to a draw against a prime Jermaine Taylor... all this from a guy who was just a really good all-rounder who could find a way to outbox any style and had fought hard to get the big fights..
 
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Considering his lack of natural ability, former 'world' champion Rocky Fielding has done well. Plus he was the most dominant Prizefighter winner I can remember :yep
 
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kelly Pavlik

I dunno, Pavlik was like a froch type of fighter, worth more than the sum of his parts. Strong jab and right hand, huge puncher, granite chin, stamina and a horrible pressure style. If he had stayed on the straight and narrow he could have carved out a pretty decent career for himself but he obviously lost his way
 
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I dunno, Pavlik was like a froch type of fighter, worth more than the sum of his parts. Strong jab and right hand, huge puncher, granite chin, stamina and a horrible pressure style. If he had stayed on the straight and narrow he could have carved out a pretty decent career for himself but he obviously lost his way
Yeah I’d say Pavlik underachieved.