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Old 01-01-2013, 01:01 AM   #31
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Default Re: Who is the P4P hardest puncher of all time?

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Originally Posted by Bill1234 View Post
Nobody is claiming Shavers was a great fighter, but every single fighter who faced him, win or lose, walked away saying nobody hit harder than Shavers.

Shavers fought guys who shared the ring with Foreman, Tyson, Bonecrusher Smith, Liston, Frazier, Cooney, Mercer, McCall, Morrison, Bruno, and Weaver. When common oponents comment on hard punchers, every single one of them state Shavers was the hardest puncher they shared the ring with.

Shavers had more power than any other heavyweight, but what he lacked was stamina, accuracy, and punch selection. He was not a good finisher, which is what allowed the better fighters he faced to get through the rough patches (which they all ended up having against Shavers) and to go on to win. The lesser fighters Shavers faced were not able to avoid the shots the better fighters avoided. When Shavers landed, he shook up even the most iron chinned of fighters.
Shavers simply doesn't have the body of truly top level brutal KOs to merit his lofty position, whatever other fighters have to say about him. In fact, the very fact that Shavers supporters feel the burning need to bring up said tired, old, heard-it-all-before quotes says it all regarding his actual in ring achievements. There is nothing in firm evidence to prove that Shavers had more power than any other heavyweight, and plenty to say that he was overrated beyond all reasonable amount. At no point did he produce a single one punch knockout in the manner of Tua v Wilson, Wlad v Chambers or even Foreman v Moorer. Ellis was the closest he ever got, and that's simply not enough to justify his rep.
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