I don't think you are seeing the subtext of Tua v. Rahman. Rahman controled
Tua, but only at a great physical cost that he could certainly not maintain
for the course of a 12 round fight. I've been watching Rahman a long time,
and while I was watching him fight Tua I saw a man moving more than he had
ever tried to before, a man who had picked up his punch output by a factor
of three, and this from a man who had shown severe late round stamina
problems. Rahman was running himself out when he got knocked out, and it was
showing. Watch that last round again - just before Tua landed that shot just
after the bell, he bulled Rahman up against the ropes and landed some
terrific body shots, and those really took what was left of him right out.
He had no steam left.
Prior to the Lewis fight he won his "up or out" fight by knockout against
Corrie Sanders. That was that Sanders really lost, IMO, because Sanders was
hurting Rahman badly with his counterpunches. He was only catching leather
when he went on the attack and stepped up to Rahman. The shoot out Sanders'
precipitated was not at all to his advantage.
Previously he had been knocked out by Oleg Maskaev, largely because I think
he decided to abandon his boring 1-2-clinch style of boxing and brawl with
one tough Russian.
Rahman is a good fighter, but severely limited. What that really means is
that Lewis badly blew it.
> Before rewatching how Rahman dominated Tua earlier today I thought his
> possible coming victory over Lewis would be a fluke against an out of
> shape fighter, but now I am not so sure. Rahman looked very impressive
> winning every round against both Lewis and Tua. IMO Lewis will win the
> rematch but it still won't be a piece of cake and he'll have to be in
> top shape.