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Does the "traditional" route damage our fighters?

1979 Views 21 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  Avidlemon
does taking the route of english/commonweatlh/british/euro level take too long and deny some fighters some valuable experience of taking part in contests against different styles of fighters? Because let's face it, as good as the british scene is, there aren't too many different styles to come up against. Groves going to fight in america a couple of times is a good example of someone getting a different angle and experience of different styles. Or does going the traditional route give fighters time to find out who they are as a fighter and what their strengths are before making a step up?

I've never been able to decide. But you hear a lot of pro's saying they prefer the traditional route if they can take it.

Does taking the traditional route really prepare our fighters for the best is what i suppose i'm really asking?
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Promotors and the alphbet pricks ruin everything.

I think that the euro route is infected too though. WBO euro title for fucks sake! Almost as bad as the pan-american feltching titles that are knocking about!

But i agree with much of what you say to be honest.
I know Hennessy is a fan of the traditional route, and tries to get ranking's with the WBC, Maloney done the same with Lennox and i see him doing the same with price.

Difficult to say whats better as some fighters will take different routes and go on to claim equal success and similar resumes, id swing with traditional, however that is a good point about the way it's good to take fighters the states early on a couple of times in there career to encounter different styles and gain experience they might not in this country.

This new way confuses me, fighting for all these intercontinental/international belts, can never keep track of who's got what.
Ricky Hatton had a couple of fights in the states earlier in his career i believe. I just don't see the harm of broadening ones horizons. However, the traditional route hasn't done some fighters any harm.
Surely though the problem with the alphabet soup is that picking the "right" opponents does fighters a diservice in the sense that they do not help them prepare for the higher classes?
I agree if there getting poor opponents picked for them, then there likely going to be serious trouble when they get to the world stage, and i always think that if a promoter matches them very carefully he cant have a great deal of faith in there abilities, they just sell tickets and make money.
I think this is almost ALWAYS the case....Think Nathan Cleverly! Teak tough africans and a Murat!
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