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View Poll Results: Who hits harder
Tyson 19 41.30%
Lewis 27 58.70%
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Old 10-07-2007, 12:17 PM   #1
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Default Lennox or Tyson - who hit harder

Lets compare Tyson-Lewis on common opponents:

Rudduck: Lewis KOs in 2 started from 1punch in round 1 that put Rudduck out the fight. Tyson took 7 for a TKO and the full distance

Golota - Lennox had him out in 1, he quit after 2 rounds with Tyson but wasn't OUT

Bruno - Lennox couldn't get his power shots off in the fight until R7 when 1 punch turned the tide and he had Bruno out on his feet from 1shot - a barrage had the ref jumping in. Tyson in the first Bruno fight hit Bruno with over 100power shots and Bruno was hurt but he took the shots quite well. The 3rd fight Bruno was scared to death

Tucker - went the distance with both. Lennox put him down twice

Holyfield - not sure who hurt him most (Tyson did well early) but Lennox could back him up.

Botha - both starched him in 1

Biggs - went 7 with Tyson and 3 with Lewis
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Old 10-07-2007, 12:30 PM   #2
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Its hard to say who hit harder between Tyson and Lewis. Both had amazing power.
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Old 10-07-2007, 12:35 PM   #3
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Default Re: Lennox or Tyson - who hit harder

I think Lewis hit harder in terms of throwing a single punch, but I Tyson did just as much or more damage with the combos he threw. Tyson generated much of his power from the speed in which he threw the punches, where Lewis used leverage more. Both used the best of the assets they had available.
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Old 10-07-2007, 12:39 PM   #4
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Default Re: Lennox or Tyson - who hit harder

Lennox overhand right was bigger than any single tyson punch, but tyson in his prime could throw 3 or 4 power shots so he was a better puncher but didn't punch harder.
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Old 10-07-2007, 01:26 PM   #5
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Default Re: Lennox or Tyson - who hit harder

Both were brutal hitters, however Tyson faced a young prime Tucker, and therfore had more trouble with him. Tyson hurt Holyfield more in my opinion but Lewis outboxed him. I'd say Lewis had the slightly better right hand, however Tyson was the more "complete puncher", ie he had speed, better combinations. If i had to do a list of 10 hardest hitting heavyweights, both Lewis and Tyson would make it but if i had to do a list of the 20 most complete punchers regardless of division, then Tyson would still make it and Lewis won't
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Old 10-07-2007, 01:30 PM   #6
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I think lewis would make the complete puncher's as he had a better arsenal of punch's than most heavyweights, he might not have been as good at combo's but he had alot of variety.
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Old 10-07-2007, 01:37 PM   #7
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Lewis did have a good asernal, and he had good handspeed for a big man but overall he wasn't as complete a puncher as say Robinson, or as accurate as Arguello. Again nothing wrong with him being in the top 20 list
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Old 10-07-2007, 02:03 PM   #8
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I just thought that for a guy of lennox's size to have such an arsenal of punch's and such good handspeed was pretty special. In turn he could throw a pretty decnt combo just not on the level of a peak tyson.
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Old 10-07-2007, 02:07 PM   #9
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I just thought that for a guy of lennox's size to have such an arsenal of punch's and such good handspeed was pretty special. In turn he could throw a pretty decnt combo just not on the level of a peak tyson.
that is true
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Old 10-07-2007, 02:09 PM   #10
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Lewis is in the class above in my view.

Tyson's composite punching was better though, peak for peak.
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McGrain,

are you saying you believe Lewis's most powerful punches to have been a class above Tyson's?

If so, can you give me a few examples to support this viewpoint. I think they were in the ball park, with Tyson's punches being slightly more devastating because they were quicker, while Lewis was a little more heavy handed.

Tyson split Golota's skull open (!), and annihilated Botha with a single punch, both accomplishments post prime.

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Lewis is in the class above in my view.

Tyson's composite punching was better though, peak for peak.
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Old 10-07-2007, 06:25 PM   #12
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with Tyson's punches being slightly more devastating because they were quicker, while Lewis was a little more heavy handed.
We agree entirely.
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Default Re: Lennox or Tyson - who hit harder

Both are very hard punchers and have their share of one-punch KO's. If there was an option "equal" i would have voted that. At their level, there is little to distinguish between when it comes to power. Because there was no "equal" option i voted for Lewis because he finished some common opponents (namely Ruddock) off faster, but other circumstances had something to do with that as well.
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Lewis punch;'s on ruddock and rahman are easily as good as the tyson punc's anyone has mentioned.
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Old 10-07-2007, 09:31 PM   #15
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Lets compare Tyson-Lewis on common opponents:

Rudduck: Lewis KOs in 2 started from 1punch in round 1 that put Rudduck out the fight. Tyson took 7 for a TKO and the full distance

Golota - Lennox had him out in 1, he quit after 2 rounds with Tyson but wasn't OUT

Bruno - Lennox couldn't get his power shots off in the fight until R7 when 1 punch turned the tide and he had Bruno out on his feet from 1shot - a barrage had the ref jumping in. Tyson in the first Bruno fight hit Bruno with over 100power shots and Bruno was hurt but he took the shots quite well. The 3rd fight Bruno was scared to death

Tucker - went the distance with both. Lennox put him down twice

Holyfield - not sure who hurt him most (Tyson did well early) but Lennox could back him up.

Botha - both starched him in 1

Biggs - went 7 with Tyson and 3 with Lewis
Actually, Tyson put Botha out cold with one shot, while Lewis put him down with a four-punch combination, from which he got up, but the referee stopped it. All-in-all, Lewis has a 4-2-1 edge here, but it is worth noting that most of these men had aged and gone downhill since their fights with Tyson by the time they got to Lewis.

Personally, I think they're pretty close, maybe with an edge to Tyson at his absolute peak.
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