BOLD Agree, and thought about that originally. Going off a stereotypical 'seasoned amateur' progression seemed easier to speculate on, less variables if that makes sense :goodhaha, you're not rambling lad. Also, yeah, that's a fair assessment. I don't think it's outrageous to speculate on what kind of a pro he could have been though in terms of maybe going beyond what your assessment has limited him to. I don't know like, I'm not saying he would be the best of his era, I think he'd be a quality addition though to say the least. I never thought he was solely about dimensions, which to me is always secondary to ability, it's way I have no gripes claiming that Frazier would stop Wlad (fuck off luf).
But yeah, good post. I'm rambling myself here.
LINED Again, agree 100% No reason to think he couldn't get up there, John Tate did (albeit briefly before falling down)
As for dimensions, reminds me a bit of a Heavyweight Ricardo Lopez, styleswise anyway. At Heavyweight that'd be enough for sporadic success at least against the motley crew that assembled at different stages of his success.
Which Gold medal winning Stevenson was most capable of turning over do we think? A younger one they MIGHT develop a bit slower, maybe he fights Floyd Patterson after he's lost to Ali a second time(?), Wepner, Bugner and Ellis? Eventually building to a fight with Ali, Foreman, Frazier in the mid-70s?
'76 Stevenson, hitting his prime, taking on the likes of Young, Norton and fading Ali? Perfect fight for him: Bobick rated in top five at end of 77 :yep
Or a more experienced one jumping in when Larry Holmes was fighting fairly inexperienced but talented undefeated contenders with less than 20 fights? 'Tex' Cobb would be a perfect gauge of his potential
Yeah, he'd be at least an exciting addition if he'd turned over at any one point.