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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Machiavelli, 11 Jan 2019.
Is it Andy Murray?
Waits for Max Woosnams name.
Faldo for me.
Think it's impossible to judge across sports but in recent times him and Hamilton are the two you'd look at. Lennox Lewis and Nick Faldo from previous years. Obviously you have to look at Olympic and other non mainstream sports too.
Just mentioned in another thread, Coe, Farah, Redgrave all have good shouts.
It is indeed, but just to throw something out there, and it doesn't apply to a British sportsman, there was an intriguing argument I saw someone put forward a few years ago making the case for Don Bradman to be the greatest sportsman ever. It was on the grounds that while you can't compare sports, you can make the case that Bradman is unique in being half as good again as the next best batsman, statistically - and that there was no other sportsman in the world of whom you could say that they were that much better than the second best in their chosen discipline.
Hard to see past Calzaghe I think.
Joseph William Calzaghe, CBE (/kælˈzæɡi/ kal-ZAH-gee; born 23 March 1972) is a Welsh former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2008. He held world championships in two weight classes, including the unified WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, Ring magazine and lineal super-middleweight titles, as well as the Ring light-heavyweight title.
Calzaghe is the longest-reigning super-middleweight world champion in boxing history to date, having held the WBO title for over 10 years and making 21 successful defences (the most in super-middleweight history) before moving up to light-heavyweight. As his super-middleweight and light-heavyweight reigns overlapped, he retired with the longest continual time as world champion of any active fighter. He was also the first boxer to unify three of the four major world titles (WBA, WBC, and WBO) at super-middleweight.
He was like a Federer of boxing. Andy Murray doesn't come close to this.
Phil "the power" taylor
Eddie the Eagle.