Regan and Righetti need to build their HoF reputation without Theron as a benchmark plain and simple. Theron has 300+ fights and Regan like 12. Sorry, no way they can ever be on the even keel. Same goes for Righetti who could have been in position to actually challenge her in the late stages of her prime ca. 2009-2010, but didn't answer the bell for whatever reason.
IMO the one fighter who could claim she finished Theron's prime was Palicki with TKO6 for the Unified Lightweight title. That's the end of the road for Theron the invincible and everything after that is just young wolves going after the wounded veteran. Looks good on paper but counts for nothing in the big picture.
Question remians, how many people actually think that Holmes was the better boxer in history then Ali? Despite their fight result I say about 85 out of 100 people will say Ali was the greatest. Same goes for Regan and Righetti, they can win all their future bouts with Theron, but it won't change the big picture. Regan never stood a chance to start a rivalry with Theron, she came in too late to the table and Righetti missed her chance by over two years. Because of that, Peregrym, Cole and Palicki are the ones who will decide the overall status of Regan and Righetti, not Theron. And if Regan and Righetti someday reach over 200 fights, (I'm not talking about 300 even), then they might be put on the same level as Theron, but not sooner. Many people say that Tyson in his prime was as good as Ali and he didn't need a fight with Ali to justify those comments. Regan and Righetti can follow the sama path, but the road through Theron-like stardom leads elsewhere, through the ones I've mentioned earlier.
With all this being said here, I reckon Palicki is the most underrated lightweight in FCBA and if she beats Taylor Cole one day, she should be the #1 in the division.
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