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Old 09-17-2009, 12:54 PM   #37
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Default Re: Who hit as hard as Fitzsimmons...

Originally Posted by Boilermaker View Post
This sounds believable.

You are in the change of style camp?
Well, it's speculative since there is no film of him as a (sub)middleweight, but fighters have to adapt their style to their opponent. Not as a luxury, but as a necessity. Langford had to.

In the amateurs, Hearns relied on speed because a jab scores as much points as a right hand with full body weight behind it. In the pros, it's different and he started using his power more. Lennox Lewis boxed circles around the shorter Tua and Tyson, but fought very agressive fights against big(ger) men like Grant, Klitschko and Golota.

However, as was the case with Hearns, i think Langford becoming more experienced and mature also contributed to his KO ratio going up.
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