Originally Posted by Absolutely!
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.
Muhammad Ali knocked out better fighters than Shavers. Does that make him a harder puncher?
Shavers lacked the "body" of other hard punchers because he also lacked the skills. There are so many more factors to a knockout than just pure power. Shavers is rightfully never mentioned among punchers, he's mentioned among the hardest punchers.
There's a huge difference between a good puncher and a hard one. History shows that good punchers get more knockouts over top competition than purely hard punchers.