Originally Posted by Absolutely!
Honestly, I'm not quite sure what we're arguing about here. We all more or less seem to be on the same page.
- Bulking up for the sake of bulking up is mostly worthless.
- Strength training (which can result in increased muscle mass) can be beneficial if the strength training is geared towards improving your natural attributes.
- Not all fighters have the frame to carry increased muscle mass, nor the styles to benefit from it.
- A smaller fighter who happens to be very skilled and athletic can overcome a bulkier fighter using speed and explosivity.
Have I missed anything?
We're not arguing, we agree. For a boxer to compete with genuinely elite superheavyweights they need to be above 200 pounds.
The question is could the likes of Dempsey and Walcott successfully put on the extra 2 stone without a huge detriment to style and ability?