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Old 10-10-2007, 02:52 AM   #31
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For pure blurring speed, I'd give the edge to Leonard, but most were shoeshines to get out of trouble or catch the judges eyes. Every shot in an SRR combo was meant to flatten.
Thanks John, i was guessing similar.
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Old 10-10-2007, 02:53 AM   #32
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Consider weight; sure, Robinson was a middle for the footage we've seen, but as an example he was 154 or 155 in the ring the night of the last LaMotta fight. That's about what most welters weigh in the ring on the night of the fight anyway. Robinson didn't weigh in at 160 for that one. Also, Leonard slightly faster, but not enough to make much of a difference.
Didn't they come in at the chosen weight basically back in SRR's day? I thought weigh in times etc were different.
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:03 AM   #33
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De La Hoya is just as quick as Leonard.
No way in the world.
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:05 AM   #34
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Incidentally, in terms of fast twitch fibers, I'd give Hearns the edge over both Rays.


Emmanuel often commented how overlooked Hearns speed was and said it was pivotal vs Duran not to mention Leonard.
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:10 AM   #35
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Amateur Leonard had argueably the 2nd or 3rd fastest hands I've seen (behind Meldrick and argueably behind Jones). The footage of Robinson as an amateur or at welter (not much is available, but there's still some footage to estimate his handspeed) wasn't as impressive.
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:22 AM   #36
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Leonard's appear to be quicker but, it could be the due to advances in cameras, which could record movement more accurately. However, Robinson's was more accurate, which had more devastating effects.

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Old 10-10-2007, 04:09 AM   #37
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I kinda agree with stonehands upon watching leonard hearns again. In this fight leonard is forced to throw his hardest punches and none of his fancy flurries. He still looks extremely fast, but hearns looks just as fast to me, if not faster. Hard to put robinson in the mix with lack of film though.
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Old 10-10-2007, 07:03 AM   #38
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I kinda agree with stonehands upon watching leonard hearns again. In this fight leonard is forced to throw his hardest punches and none of his fancy flurries. He still looks extremely fast, but hearns looks just as fast to me, if not faster. Hard to put robinson in the mix with lack of film though.
Robinson is tough. Film quality is not as colorful, literally and the camera was set at a distance. Compare Tyson's film to Louis's... Tyson has the advantage of a microphone in the ring, close-up angles and bristling color. Poor Louis is grainy, gray, and with fake sound effects.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:03 AM   #39
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No way in the world.
Yes way in the world. De La Hoya's handspeed at times compares to Leonard's, and Mosley's early welterweight days maybe even quicker.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:33 AM   #40
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Yes way in the world. De La Hoya's handspeed at times compares to Leonard's, and Mosley's early welterweight days maybe even quicker.
We're seeing two totally different things, but each to their own i guess.
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Yes way in the world. De La Hoya's handspeed at times compares to Leonard's, and Mosley's early welterweight days maybe even quicker.
Howard Davis Jr. and Bernard Taylor was faster than either De La Hoya or Mosley, and I'm apt to say that Camacho was also.
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:24 AM   #42
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Although his prime was very short, I seem to remember Meldrick Taylor having very quick hands in his early days. The Courtney Hooper and Chavez fights come to mind.
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:00 PM   #43
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Leonard was a bit faster and Robinson a bit more powerful. It evens out when thinking of speed to power ratio.
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Leonard, if it matters.
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Old 10-10-2007, 05:15 PM   #45
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Personal memories from 50 years ago are not the way to go mate.
Its actually the only way to go mate because for some ****ed up annoying reason we have got more or less 0 footage of the best ever boxer in his best ever weight & we have footage from before srr at 147.

It deeply saddens yet angers me at the same time.

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