He is the perennial overachiever.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.
Maidana is a really good shout.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.
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.
Yeah I’d say Pavlik underachieved.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