Are there any Current LightHeavyweights/Cruiserweights that you would favor to beat Rocky Marciano?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by VeryMoistWalrus, Jun 9, 2021.

  1. VeryMoistWalrus

    VeryMoistWalrus New Member Full Member

    Mar 7, 2021
    Another Marciano post lol (atleast it isn't him against Heavy's right?). Would you guys favor any active or current Light Heavyweights or Cruiser weights to beat him? Guys like Beterbiev, or Bivol, or Cruiser Usyk, etc.
  2. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

    Mar 3, 2019
    Usyk vs Marciano would likely be a messy, close decision either way. I'd favour Usyk.

    No-one else comes close IMO. Briedis would give him good fight, but ends up losing. Same deal with Gassiev. Both dangerous, but not massively likely to win.

    No way any LHW does it.
  3. djanders

    djanders Well-Known Member Full Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    That's a no from me, currently. Usyk, as a Cruiser, would likely have been Rocky's hardest fight. Usyk has definitely moved on into the Heavyweight division now, and is likely to remain over 200 pounds, so, while I'm watching his career with interest, my opinion of him as a Cruiser (the OP's question applies here) is not going to change.
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  4. Stiches Yarn

    Stiches Yarn Active Member Full Member

    Jan 2, 2021
    Usyk gives him a very tough fight, but i would favor the rock to force his way inside, using the classic tactics of a "swarmer," pounding usyk's body and stop him after getting badly outboxed early.
  5. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Ii6 Full Member

    May 30, 2019
    I thought about LHWs all-time, then I realized it's only about contemporary LHWs... No, none of them would beat Rocky.
  6. Seamus

    Seamus Devotee of the Little Red Book Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    I think Canelo has to be favored. Let's begin there.
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  7. Bukkake

    Bukkake Boxing Addict Full Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    I would slightly favor the Usyk who defeated Gassiev, but if we're talking about someone TODAY... no, then I can't think of a LHW or CW, I would put my money on in a fight against Marciano.
  8. Indefatigable

    Indefatigable Active Member Full Member

    Mar 6, 2021
    There isn't a Heavyweight Champion in the last 71 years I would pick to beat Marciano! NO ONE. With the maybe would be Liston Ali Frazier & Holmes. Everyone else no. The bigger they r the arder dey fall.
  9. VeryMoistWalrus

    VeryMoistWalrus New Member Full Member

    Mar 7, 2021
    I think Canelo is the objectively better boxer, but his workrate has declined as he moved up. I also dont think Marciano gives Canelo the space or time to land some powerful counters, early on Marciano would probably get hit with some shots.

    I dont thing he has the footwork to fight on the backfoot like Walcott did either. I think Marciano outworks Canelo and might crack his chin. idk if Canelo could take a loaded up Marciano shot.

    Canelo COULD take some GGG shots pretty good, but Im pretty sure Marciano punches harder. So all around, Canelo has yet to prove alot of his limits at the higher weights, like a high workrate or stamina. His competition at these higher weights hasnt been "stellar" either .So id favor Marciano pretty confidently
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  10. swagdelfadeel

    swagdelfadeel Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 30, 2014
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  11. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Ii6 Full Member

    May 30, 2019
    I know you're trolling, but it's not even fun... How can you make such a good thread like Gans vs Packey and post this within the same hour?
  12. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    On balance no, but there are some credible challengers.

    It has long been a holy grail of Marciano detractors, to find somebody south of heavyweight who could beat him, and most of the names that they have put forward over the years look pretty silly in hindsight.

    Now I think we are in a cruiserweight era, where there are some realistic candidates out there.
  13. Seamus

    Seamus Devotee of the Little Red Book Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    Because this thread is ridiculous.
  14. Kamikaze

    Kamikaze Being happy means having less. Full Member

    Oct 12, 2020
    He would be a LHW today. Does that bother you?
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  15. Blaxx

    Blaxx Member Full Member

    Feb 8, 2018
    Looking at Boxrec's top 10 CWs right now, Marciano beats all of them.