1990 Tokyo Buster Douglas vs prime Riddick Bowe

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1990 Tokyo Buster Douglas vs prime Riddick Bowe

Will69
Douglas played a textbook perfect game that night against Tyson.  With Douglas' size, confidence and chin, how would he do against a peak Big Daddy who beat Holyfield?
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Re: 1990 Tokyo Buster Douglas vs prime Riddick Bowe

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Thanks Mike,
I just read that thread.  Although some of those posters mention the Bowe fights where he was not at peak performance, I concur that it would be a good fight, and close.  One point worth repeating, is that Bowe would not be bullied or pushed around by Douglas.  No way.
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Re: 1990 Tokyo Buster Douglas vs prime Riddick Bowe

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Douglas wins, because he'd been darting in and out of Bowe's range, which is the fight plan Holy should have used the first go-round. Bowe was good, but looked even better because Holyfield tried brawling up close, and that worked tremendously to Bowe's advantage.
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Re: 1990 Tokyo Buster Douglas vs prime Riddick Bowe

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Duggerman wrote
Bowe was good, but looked even better because Holyfield tried brawling up close, and that worked tremendously to Bowe's advantage.
Good statement, and you could also apply it to Douglas versus Tyson. Yeah, Douglas whooped Tyson that night, but Tyson wasn't moving his head, defending himself or throwing any combinations. He just sucked that night and thus ALLOWED Buster to have his way. That's why Buster looked so sensational that evening. Tyson looking bad made Tyson look great. The same is true of Ali beating up Cleveland Williams. They say Ali peaked in that fight but it isn't fair to say that because Cleveland wasn't really offering much resistance.

Now Joe Frazier definitely peaked against Ali in '71 because Ali fought him back with everything he had and Frazier still came out on top.

But given these circumstances, Bowe and Douglas only looked good because of lazy (Tyson) or foolish (Holyfield) opponents. They looked about average otherwise. Think about that.
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Re: 1990 Tokyo Buster Douglas vs prime Riddick Bowe

Will69
Phantom Punch wrote
...But given these circumstances, Bowe and Douglas only looked good because of lazy (Tyson) or foolish (Holyfield) opponents. They looked about average otherwise. Think about that.
Bowe was far above average in his prime.  Not many boxers would defeat Holyfield on that night.  Holyfield was on fire, but he just picked the wrong strategy against Bowe.  Bowe was countering great and pushing Holyfield back throughout the fight.

The question of Bowe vs Douglas (prime vs prime), one has to ask has Douglas ever faced someone as big as Bowe, and as powerful and good as Bowe?