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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-20-2006, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Grotty
Lennox Lewis had nothing left to prove look at the division after he left it was crap, as for when a fighter should retire- imo top of the game (champion) and financially secure, but most of all when that person doesnt want to fight other than against hasbeens.

That's complete bullshit...his fight with Klitschko was stopped due to a cut from and Lewis was behind on every score card...He was getting worked and boxing writers and anaylists like Burt Sugar, Max Kellerman, Jack Fiske and most others believed Klitschko was on his way to a decisive victory...and then does Lewis stand up like a man and give Klitschko a rematch? No, he retires like a coward.

Not only that but Lewis was a lazy inconsistent fighter who would work hard early and then coast to a decision. No passion or fire whatsoever.

If you respect Lewis you dont know boxing.
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-20-2006, 07:10 PM
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I think they should retire when there performance starts slipping. It seems kind of obvious when stuff like that starts happening. And it seems like many people look at retiring like its a bad thing, I think its extremely admirable for the older guys to hand down the torch to the younger generation. Like everyone else said, Couture went out at a perfect time. He knew he was not a title contender anymore. Many of these guys may lose a fight but are still in title contention because they CAN beat the champion, but couture knew he couldnt beat Liddell again. And I'm not saying this to disrespect Couture, he is a legend and always will be but he understood the game. Whereas Shamrock was still fighting for no apparent reason (other than revenge). So basically when you don't think you can be a contender then you should retire.
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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-20-2006, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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So by that logic you dont think anyone who will most likely never hold a title should fight? Or that any team that doesn't have a shot at winning the Superbowl, the World Series or the Stanley Cup should just forfeit the season?

This is their job...this is how they put food on their families table. I dont see anything wrong with fighting for as long as you can draw the interest of an audience.

And just how many fights do you think it takes for a fighter to realize he's finished? 2 losses, 3, 4? Is there a rule or some magic number?
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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-20-2006, 07:31 PM
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When they want to and not one fight sooner or later. It is about no regrets and not wins or losses.
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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-20-2006, 09:59 PM
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i think if you lose like 5 times in a row.
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post #16 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-20-2006, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by mrbalkie
Dude, they paid him $400,000
only the money got him back, otherwise why did they have to pay him so much? thats a nice nest egg.

exactly, and after ken/tito3 they both said, "it's all business" and "we made alot of money together". Nothing wrong with it, after fighting for peanuts for most of there careers, why not get paid handsomely before u hang em up.

Roj Jones jr. got 10 mill a fight. MMA fighters are underpaid!!!!
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-20-2006, 10:56 PM
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You should definitely retire after you poop yourself during a match.

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