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Old 10-07-2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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Default Defensive specialists with top end power

They are rare, but they exist.

A fighter with power, will typically be developed as an offensive fighter.

I have sometimes speculated that Jack Johnson and Joe Walcott, might have been sluggers if they had come along today!

Who are the examples?
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:27 PM   #2
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Burley could hit. Well enough to hurt just about anyone he took to the ring with.

Jones was as hard to find as Whitaker but could end things with one punch.

Archie Moore?

Napoles. Espparragozza. How about Joe Gans and Tommy Ryan?
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:28 PM   #3
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Wladimir Klitschko! The best answer.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:33 PM   #4
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Samart Payakaroon. Perfectly encapsulated in this 18 second clip from the 12th and final round of his title defence against the dangerous puncher 'Kid' Meza that you all have time to watch.

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U4RYXoctN0[/ame]
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Burley could hit. Well enough to hurt just about anyone he took to the ring with.

Jones was as hard to find as Whitaker but could end things with one punch.

Archie Moore?

Napoles. Espparragozza. How about Joe Gans and Tommy Ryan?
All good calls.

What these fighters have in common, is that they became defensive specialists due to career circumstances.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:34 PM   #6
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That was astonishing. But Menza looked awful.
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All good calls.

What these fighters have in common, is that they became defensive specialists due to career circumstances.
Mine however did not. He was a gifted defensive savant. And offensive monster. And a brilliant singer.
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Anyone think Harry Wills might qualify here?
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That was astonishing. But Menza looked awful.
He'd already been dropped three times.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:42 PM   #10
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Anyone think Harry Wills might qualify here?
You give him the nod over Johnson on either attribute?
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:46 PM   #11
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I think he might have more power, yeah. He caved Fulton's ribs the **** in, and has quite a few one punch KO's. But it's very hard to be sure obviously.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:48 PM   #12
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floyd too obvious?...he's got good power
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Well I wouldn't say he's a banger but then again he was an offensive force at 130 and has scored stoppages where he's dropped the opponent all the way to 147 so I'd say he's as good a shout as any

Question is would Pascual Perez qualify?
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Archie Moore?
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:59 PM   #15
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I think he might have more power, yeah. He caved Fulton's ribs the **** in, and has quite a few one punch KO's. But it's very hard to be sure obviously.
This is fair.

Are we saying you have to be brilliant defensively and take the defensive approach? Because Tyson at his very best would qualify if not.
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