Originally Posted by Boilermaker
Common sense suggests this might be true, but if you look at his record at this weight, he really didnt seem to knock many people out at all at this lighter weight.
Sams power didnt seem to become prevalent until he started going up in the weights and fighting larger fighters.
What this means, i dont know. Did the smaller, quicker fighters trouble him more, Did he need the weight to develop his punch, was he foxing early on in his career, Did he change his style completely to a more aggressive approach, did the smaller fighters simply run away from him more?
I am interested to hear from some of the huge Langford fans as to what his power was like (at this weight).
I think that to some extent the same observation could be made of Fitzsimmons to a lesser extent.
Lets not forgett that the Nonpareil at 147 lbs lasted longer than most of his heavyweight oponents an probably landed more conters as well.
I think that once you get a pound for pound puncher like Langford or Fitzsimmons being bigger just tends to make you a bigger and slower target. Smaller defensive fighters at least have the speed and reflexes to hang in there and perhaps even nulify their speed advantage.
I would suggest that as Langford got bigger and moved up the weight classes his power became greater and his oponents reflexes became slower.
We are probably seeing the sme trend with Paquiao today.