Originally Posted by mr. magoo
Roy Williams, Joe Bugner and Henry Clark is a good place to start.. Okay, well some of those weren't prime...But I won't base my argument on those wins.. I think the real key here is that he had the testimonies of Larry Holmes and Jimmy Young ( both of whom faced Cooney ) as being the hardest puncher they ever fought. Muhammad Ali had a lot to say about Shaver's power too. Does any of this mean that Shavers hit harder than Cooney? No. But my point is that there is certainly more to go by than Cooney knocking out a journeyman with a body shot on youtube.
In an interview, Bugner said that Cooney was the most powerful puncher he ever faced (Cooney sparred with Bugner in preparation for his fight with Holmes). Lyle said the same thing after his fight with Gerry, but later retracted and said Shavers was the hardest puncher.
Bugner's comment: http://tinyurl.com/8zpawfp