Originally Posted by fists of fury
Blistering power? Where? Since taking the title, Wlad has faced two punchers, Haye & Peter, and neither are genuine knockout artists either. (Sanders if you count the WBO(gus) strap.
Unless of course you mean the murderer's row of Ray Austin, Eddie Chambers, Chris Byrd and Tony Thompson. And the ever-dangerous Mormeck. (Almost forgot about this ATG puncher.)
Today's heavyweights are bigger and stronger. Bigger and stronger means, on average, harder hitters, stronger operators in the clinch. Is this debatable? Should we abolish weight divisions because the above is not true?
Thompson had very good clout. Brewster could do little else but hit like a tank. Brock had decent power. McCline could punch. Even at 35, Rahman could still punch.
A murderer's row? No. But on average harder hitters than Marciano faced.