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Old 01-05-2013, 04:46 AM   #1
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Default Sparred with Holyfield, Foreman, Klitschko, Lewis, Tua..

Was doing a bit of browsing for sparring stories and came across this:

"Riddicks power wasnt memorable to me. It probably got better as he got older, cause he never even remotely buzzed me in either of our contests.

Lennox hit like a ****ing tank. He cowed me; I won the first round, and he literally broke my spirit and took my soul with a right uppercut and straight right hand in the 2nd. I tried to stay away, and forgot to punch. He never got me quite as good again, but I will never forget those two punches. When we sparred years later, he hit very hard. Distinctly unpleasant to be hit by the man.

David Tua was unpleasant. I can't see myself getting stopped by him early, as he never really staggers me, but every shot hurt, and he'd bang. Every other guy I ever sparred would box when I got aggressive, but David would stand his ground and give. I'd get these horrible headaches after sparring with him, and Dave told me once that whenever he knew I was on the dance card, he'd drink extra water for his brain. Nice guy. Hit like a wrecking ball. David Tua hit hard enough to knock my headgear clean around my face. Dude had a pretty limited style, but that left was quick as a cobra when he was sharp, and boy did it have bite. Having sparred them both, Wladimir would school Tua and probably turn out his lights. He just lacks almost any sort of refinement to his violence. Granted, I don't really either unless I'm really, really on that day, but the best heavyweights I've sparred handled me a lot easier than David did.
Feels kinda bad critiquing the dude, though. He's a fun guy, super hospitable and friendly, hit like a truck and put me through plenty of painful paces. I only hope our careers and lives don't end up with me required to face him with 12's and no mask. I can't afford the surgery.

Evander Holyfield was a machine gun. He put me on my butt first round we ever sparred with a 7 or 8 punch volley. He just punched well; He'd move around and when he let them go, they hit, hard and fast and in large numbers. He was the weakest of the group since Bowe, but probably the most dangerous. He never found me difficult to find, and turned me into a bobble head more than once.

George Foreman was tricky. His jab was absolutely numbing-Ive never felt a jab like that, where your whole face would feel like it got novacained after he hit you with it. He'd also throw light punches primarily, almost pitty pat, till he had the opening, and then he'd wallop you. His punches had the most force; They didn't hurt any worse than Tua or Lewis, but I remember how badly they'd screw with my balance. His shots moved me. He also broke my nose with a straight right.

Wladimir Klitschko hit me by far the hardest, though. I couldn't get past the jab, and his right hands hit like thunder. They reminded me of Lewis', but they were quicker and sharper. Wladimir staggered me regularly in sparring. There are literally whole rounds I don't remember. He also knocked me out with a left hook. Not down, out. Only time in my life I've seen canvas and not been able to stand up by 10 seconds."

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Old 01-05-2013, 05:06 AM   #2
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Default Re: Sparred with Holyfield, Foreman, Klitschko, Lewis, Tua..

Sounds like BS and stuff that you'd hear or read from different places.

I mean he said he sparred Tua and claimed that he got headaches afterwards ... sounds very similar to what Ike claimed after fighting him.

And Foreman throwing "pity pats?" You mean like he did against Moorer to set up his power shots?

He can remember Holyfields punches but not Bowe's who hit harder by general consensus?

Either that or its MagnaNasakki who posts here on ESB and claims to have sparred guys like Wlad
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:11 AM   #3
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Sounds like BS
Interesting if its true though..

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Old 01-05-2013, 05:12 AM   #4
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Great story. It's magnanasaki, he said that. Imagine if Vladimir would let his hands go and punch with full force. He would knock everybody out besides wach
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:15 AM   #5
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Great story. It's magnanasaki, he said that. Imagine if Vladimir would let his hands go and punch with full force. He would knock everybody out besides wach

No sarcasm please...
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Interesting if its true though..
Very pro Klitschko

BTW I heard Wlad's sparring partner aren't allowed to hit back ... even in headgear "the glass" is vulnerable
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No sarcasm please...
That was no sarcasm. I watched every wlad fight, and against wach he loaded up his punches and punched with full force. But wachs chin is like titan.
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Very pro Klitschko

BTW I heard Wlad's sparring partner aren't allowed to hit back ... even in headgear "the glass" is vulnerable
Not really, he's only talking about power there.

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But wachs chin is like titan.
During the crescent stage maybe...

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David Tua was unpleasant.
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David Tua was unpleasant.
Talking of power how highly do u rate the guy in your avatars?
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Wach's chin is insane (yes pun intended)
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Interesting.

Are there any more stories around like this?
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Talking of power how highly do u rate the guy in your avatars?
Brewster could bang, no doubt. But there were better punchers - Lewis, Wlad, Tyson, Sanders for example.
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And magnasakii is..?
I was wondering that too!
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