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Old 09-17-2009, 06:07 AM   #30
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Default Re: Who hit as hard as Fitzsimmons...

Originally Posted by Boilermaker View Post
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 he could simply outbox the smaller guys, but since he's very short himself (5'6"), he has to overcome that range gap with powershots, head movement, countering, etc. And since you always have to take a risk when moving in on a bigger guy, you better throw some hard shots while you're there. Think Tyson, Marciano, Tua, Frazier, Galento, etc. All short heavyweights rely on heavy artillery to compensate for their lack in height.
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