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Old 05-27-2010, 08:28 PM   #7
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Default Re: Gerry Cooney - the hardest puncher ever?

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Originally Posted by clinikill View Post
Foreman has said in the past that Cooney was the hardest puncher he had ever faced.

Ron Lyle has too, according to Boxrec.
Lyle has named Shavers on camera, and when pressed and forced to chose among the heavy hitters he's faced, Foreman seems to settle on Lyle.

The fact is that Ron was indeed the only opponent to drop George with his power alone. It's also a fact that Young was not floored by Gerry as he was by Shavers, nor was Jimmy staggered by Cooney as he was by Foreman. These are not subjective opinions. Young did not appear to be in any way troubled by Gerry's power.

Gerry does not enjoy the overwhelming opponent consensus on the supremacy of his power that Shavers carries. I do think the evidence Gerry's hook was harder than Morrison's is concrete, based on Foreman's reactions to getting hit by both.

Denis was officially floored for the first time by Cooney, but he dropped immediately after a round ending bell in a delayed reaction from the effects of Foreman's power. As has been noted, Lynn Ball got to Lyle first, diluting Gerry's achievement in starching Ron.
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