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Old 11-15-2012, 06:40 PM   #39
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Default Re: how effective would the lighter heavyweights be today?

Originally Posted by OMGWTF View Post
Yes I do have experience.

Strength training INCREASES endurance.
To an extent it does. But a completely different style of strength training that that which adds a lot of weight and mass.

Originally Posted by OMGWTF View Post
You under estimate how easy it is to spread 40lbs of mucle over a whole body.

The width of shoulders and length of limbs dosnt limit muscular growth in any significant way at these low levels.
Low levels? We are talking about 23% increase of weight. That is not low. I don't see where a guy with such a small frame is going to hide this mass and still be effective as a whole. [/quote]

Originally Posted by OMGWTF View Post
He would have to become a different type of fighter. A scaled down tommy morrison comes to mind with a good chin. It is possible to have reasonable cardio and a large muscle mass, fighters like Tyson can do it.
But he was the best type of fighter he could be given his natural gifts. Making into a different style fighter would be making him into a lesser fighter. Against his better opposition (which was limited to the last portion of his career) he was largely an attrition slugger who relied on stamina and output. Slow him down, decrease his mobility and output and he becomes nothing more than a sitting duck with decent one punch power. There are tons of fighters like that. Everyone of his opponents remarked no so much on Marciano's power but his relentless attack, that he never stopped and ultimately overwhelmed any defense. Remold him at even 20 pounds more and this ability disappears.
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