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Nunn gased after 5 rounds? He used to put in a hell of a lot of movement in his fights, but I don’t see how you could say he gased that early. His fitness was fine in the early middleweight days. As for losing to Toney in his prime, well, Tyson lost to Douglas in his prime, but was still a hell of a fighter. Losing to Toney is no disgrace anyway. Toney also hit Nunn on the break at the end, for what it’s worth. Had Nunn got to the end of that 11th round he may have hung on for the win.

Posted August 30, 2012 6:19 am 


Michael Nunn was a fair to middling, above average boxer, that’s about it. I don’t care that he got sent away for dealing coke, it’s not revelant to the pros and con of his greatness as a boxer here. At the peak of his powers, he lost to James Toney. A few year later at age 31, he loses to the forgettable Steve Little and Frank Liles. When both men were 35, Michael Nunn fought and lost to a guy named Graciano Rocchigiani. Looking at the record book, I see nothing to elevating Michael Nunn to the Hall of Fame.

Posted August 29, 2012 10:37 pm 


Tark – Nunn Toney was one of the great fights – you are right – Nunn didn’t run out of gas – Toney was pressuring him and setting him up for that shot in the previous rounds – textbook on how to cope w a fast, tall, pot-shotting fighter- break him down and finish him.

Posted August 29, 2012 9:35 pm 


James Toney was a better middleweight than Nunn.. I agree.. But I would certainly pick Nunn over the fighters who DUCKED him, such as Leonard and Hearns.. After all, Nunn whipped Iran Barkley who beat Hearns twice. Barkley put Hearns down 3 times, and flattened him.. Why should we elevate duckers over the fighters they ducked??? Also, the idea that Nunn had stamina issues is pure bull. Toney was the only guy who ever stopped him, and he got to MN with monster shots, not because he was flagging.

Posted August 29, 2012 9:06 pm 


He was a good fighter, but Toney beat him at his prime, ostensibly before he “got into” drugs. Thus, we have the answer – good fighter who developed bad habits, not as good as James Toney, who also had bad habits but was a better fighter.

Posted August 29, 2012 6:49 pm 


i met michael nunn in 1988 in reseda,ca. at a donald curry fight and he came up to me after i said hey michael nunn.he asked me my name and we spoke for a moment.he was a nice guy and was brilliant in the ring at that time.cocaine is a hell of a drug.had it not been for drugs,i believe nunn would have gone on to be an all-timer.he had it all.that sentence is shameful,and is testament to the injustice of the american justice system.the man has done his time.

Posted August 29, 2012 6:44 pm 

Pistol Pete

He would have become a great fighter if he had better stamina.Fact is, Nunn was a brilliant boxer for about 5 rounds who teased you into thinking that one day he could become a great legend. Problem was , somebody forget to tell him that fights are scheduled for 10 and 12 rounds because after about 5 rounds of beautiful boxing the wheels would begin to come off of Nunn`s wagon of stamina.That`s what happened when he fought Toney. A young Toney could fight and go hard for 12 rounds,Nunn couldn`t after Nunn built a early sizable lead on Toney, he was gassed by the middle rounds.

Posted August 29, 2012 5:50 pm 


Even at his peak Nunn wasn`t in the same class as Leonard, Hagler and Duran.

Posted August 29, 2012 5:20 pm 

Tomato Can

Nunn could punch when he wanted to, case and point Kalambay. However, he often didn’t commit to punches, which frustrated a lot of fans. Which is why many fans, including myself considered him a slapper. This is coming from a Michael Nunn, fan.

Posted August 29, 2012 4:18 pm 



Posted August 29, 2012 4:04 pm 


Nunn was no slapper like Calzaghe; he had great hands.. Nunn blasted out Kalambay in the “KO of the Year.” That was the only time Kalambay was ever stopped, and it was lights out. Sugar Ray Leonard did the expert commentating at ringside. Promoters were trying to match Ray with Nunn.. Leonard declared, “Michael Nunn proved that he can handle any middleweight.” Ray presumably included himself.

Posted August 29, 2012 3:41 pm 

Fight Aficionado

24 years was absurd. This was only one or two kilos and from what I understand it was entrapment. The FBI suspected Nunn had been dealing a long time but couldn’t catch him fair and square. The FBI railroaded him and his lawyer sucked balls, so he got an excessively long sentence.

Posted August 29, 2012 3:25 pm 

Fight Aficionado

Ah, Michael Nunn. He was one of my favorites even though he was sometimes too cautious. Dude had it all — he was a big fighter for the weight, great hand and footspeed and a big punch when he wanted to use it. People forget he was the WBC’s mandatory challenger when Roy Jones held its light heavy title but Roy ducked him. He knew Nunn was a helluva fighter when motivated and wanted no part of Nunn. The WBCriminals let him duck Nunn.

Posted August 29, 2012 3:21 pm 

Tomato Can

Maybe the drugs killed Nunn’s career. He was a very good boxer who knew how to use his advatages. But he was also more of a slapper than a puncher. Too bad he gpt mixed up in drugs though.

Posted August 29, 2012 2:26 pm 

Nunns best

Nunn could beat todays fighters like Ward and Dawson. I dont count a Bernard Hopkins because he cheats. Calzaghe and Roy would give Nunn a good fight.

Posted August 29, 2012 12:51 pm 

The Pinoy Pikey

I don’t know if Nunn belongs in the HOF. I believe the only HOF fighter he fought was Toney and he lost: imo he gave it away at the end of the fight, in a fight, if I remember correctly, he was winning? He had a nice run before facing Toney against Roldan, Curry, Kalamby, Starling and Barkley.

Posted August 29, 2012 12:34 pm 


Before Sugar Ray Leonard dropped down to 154 to fight Terry Norris, promoters tried to get Ray to fight Michael Nunn, Mike McCallum, or Julian Jackson. Nunn, McCallum, and Jackson won pieces of the middleweight title that was stripped from Leonard when Ray refused to defend it after his win over Hagler. Leonard wanted no part of Michael Nunn, who was a speedy, skilled, and hard punching 6’2″ southpaw.. Nunn was 36-0 at the time and rated the world’s top P4P boxer.. Had Nunn gotten the Leonard fight instead of Norris, he would be held in much higher esteem today.. Instead Nunn fought undefeated James Toney.. Nunn outboxed Toney through most of the fight — but the cagey Toney came back and delivered a devastating series of blows that almost ended Nunn’s career. Toney never fought better or landed harder punches.

Posted August 29, 2012 12:15 pm 


Wow, I didnt know he ended up in jail. He really looked promising at the start of his career. Must’v been dealing a lot of cocaine to be sentenced 24 years….unbelievable!!

Posted August 29, 2012 12:05 pm 

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