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Old 11-16-2012, 03:11 PM   #64
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Default Re: how effective would the lighter heavyweights be today?

Originally Posted by lufcrazy View Post
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?
I think Dempsey could, but I really can't say for certain. He seems to have the right sort of frame for packing on useable muscle weight. Walcott I reckon would be a CW today. Same with most of the other fighters mentioned. Jack Johnson might be able to bulk up his core (he seemed to be a bottom heavy fighter) and it might well improve his clinch-wrestling style of fighting. Marciano I think could pack on the muscle mass easily enough, but it would affect him detrimentally as a fighter.
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