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Old 12-10-2012, 05:32 AM   #1
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Default Hardest hitting middleweight ? Ketchel or Fitzsimmons

I always thought it was Bob Fitzsimmons but i'm hearing more about how Stanley Ketchel had to have his sparring partners wearing baseball chest protectors, both fighters proved their power at heavyweight but which one hit harder in your opinion ?
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:36 AM   #2
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Default Re: Hardest hitting middleweight ? Ketchel or Fitzsimmons

Ketchel didn't prove his power to anything like the degree that Fitz did at HW. At MW, there is an argument to be had over who hit harder, but up at HW, it's Fitz all over. Unquestionably the better of the two punchers.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:02 AM   #3
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Fitz wasn't a middleweight really, just passing through!
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:07 AM   #4
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Default Re: Hardest hitting middleweight ? Ketchel or Fitzsimmons

Fitzsimmons was undoubtedly the more dangerous puncher, but you could make an argument that Ketchel had more one punch power, on the grounds that what Fitzsimmos did was partly down to delivery.

I would personaly have little enthusiasm for the prospect of being hit by either of them.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:20 PM   #5
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I would say Fitz hit harder...but I think it has been said that Ketchel did the shift quicker, and was overall faster than Fitz also...
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:30 PM   #6
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Have to go with Fitz on this one, better delivery for sure.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:43 AM   #7
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Default Re: Hardest hitting middleweight ? Ketchel or Fitzsimmons

I wouldnt have thought it close, tbh. I get the feeling that Ketchell had a better workrate, but would consider the difference in power almost like comparing Hagler or Hearns to Tyson. Fitz had true heavyweight power. Ketchell may (or may not) have knocked down a great heavyweight, but the reality was that that great fighter largely wasnt troubled by Ketchell's power. I am pretty sure Langford, Choynski, Maher and many others hit a level above Ketchell.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:52 AM   #8
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Default Re: Hardest hitting middleweight ? Ketchel or Fitzsimmons

'Ruby Roberts' punch power was superior to Ketchel.

However we do not know if Ketchell would have developed a more powerful punch as he got older, as of course Ketchels life was ended at age 24 by Walter Dipleys bullet
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:48 PM   #9
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Fitz...
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:53 PM   #10
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Default Re: Hardest hitting middleweight ? Ketchel or Fitzsimmons

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I always thought it was Bob Fitzsimmons but i'm hearing more about how Stanley Ketchel had to have his sparring partners wearing baseball chest protectors, both fighters proved their power at heavyweight but which one hit harder in your opinion ?
Fitz sparked quality heavyweights , p4p I doubt there was a heavier puncher,and I include Langford.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:34 AM   #11
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'Ruby Roberts' punch power was superior to Ketchel.

However we do not know if Ketchell would have developed a more powerful punch as he got older, as of course Ketchels life was ended at age 24 by Walter Dipleys bullet
Ketchel was on the slide when he was killed.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:24 PM   #12
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Fitz by a mile.
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