In today's conference call, Carl Froch mentioned that he really wished championship fights were still 15 rounds long. It's not hard to picture how the complexion of any given fight may have changed if there were 15 rounds instead of 12. Librado Andrade would have almost certainly knocked out Lucian Bute in the opening seconds of round 13 of their first fight. Certain fighters who fight aggressively might fight less so to conserve energy for the extra three rounds. Fighters who don't have much wasted movement would probably have an advantage in the later rounds.
What modern era fighters do you think would have been greater than they are if fights still had 15 rounds? I do think Carl Froch falls into that category - he seems to always have the fitness to go hard in the last round. Who else might have more of an advantage? Here's a few I think would have done better, based on both their styles and their stamina:
- Marcos Maidana
- Glen Johnson
- Librado Andrade (although his prime already seems to be over)
- Orlando Salido
- Humberto Soto
Who do you think would have done better?
Conversely, who would have been much worse if fights were 15 rounds? The only person I can think of off the top of my head is Jermain Taylor, but surely there are others? Would Bernard Hopkins still be able to fight at his level at his age if he had to worry about three extra rounds?