Thread: Larry Holmes
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Old 09-23-2007, 06:35 AM   #29
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Sure. Who else would be up there? Corbett, Johnson, Dempsey (of Toledo), Tunney, Sharkey (handspeed only), Louis (handspeed only), Walcott (footwork), Patterson (handspeed only), Ali and Holmes. Throw out Sharkey, Louis, Walcott and Patterson for their lack of overall speed, and peak Holmes is clearly at least one of the top six.

Nat Fleischer flatly declared Ali the fastest heavyweight of all time, and he saw everybody on this list at their peak, from Johnson to Ali. Among the remaining top six, only Ali and Holmes were over 200 pounds at their fastest, and only Ali and Holmes had a reach recorded at 80 inches or more, giving them an advantage over any speedster with shorter arms. (I can't bring myself to rate transient WBA champions, or 12 round era title claimants.)
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