Best Footwork At Heavyweight?

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  1. Charles White

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    Aside from Ali, which other heavyweights, past and present, have the best footwork?
     
  2. AwardedSteak863

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    Jeresy Joe Walcott had masterful footwork. My old coach use to have us watch him and Ezzard Charles all the time.

    As far as more recent guys at Heavyweight, Uysk is the best in the business.
     
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    Jersey Joe Walcott, Larry Holmes, Gene Tunney, in that order

    Tyson and Dempsey deserve a shout too, wasn't fancy footwork but excellent use of angles and explosive darts and dashes made them very effective
     
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    Well damn took my post lol
     
  5. Flash24

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    Believe it or not M.Tyson in his prime. His ability to cut off opponents, and explode from unexpected angles was best in Heavyweight history. Also J.Frazier his ability to track fleet footed fighters was legendary, Just ask Ali.
     
  6. George Crowcroft

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    #1 Charles >> #2 Why is Walcott at 1 #3 Usyk?
     
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    Usyk is good, probably just below Tunney (if you call Tunney a LHW I can easily call Usyk a CW)

    Charles ain't better than Walcott

    Walcott had a master of the shuffle, rhythm break and his footwork allowed him to be slick whilst getting full weight into punches and being in the perfect position to counterpunch
     
  8. roughdiamond

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    Tyson, Ali and Joe Louis (pure textbook mechanics).
     
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    Charles, (Ali), Usyk, Holmes, Walcott imo.

    JJW's footwork is good, very unique, but imo it's definitely not better than the first 4, I was sorta splitting ends between him, Tunney, Byrd and Loughran for #5. As mentioned by Flash and Lach, guys like Tyson, Frazier and Dempsey deserve HM's for their offensive/aggressive footwork. Despite lacking the key aspect of cutting the ring off effectively, Sonny Liston should get a shout imo, great balance and positioning and boxed well going backwards, utilising angles.

    Another guy who I think should get a mention, but doubt he will is Evander Holyfield. He could box really well when he wanted, he just rarely did. But the aspect about Evander's I like best is his pivots, and how he set his feet for his punches.
     
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  10. Seamus

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    I find some of Walcott's footwork to be superfluous and inefficient. The ring is not a dance floor.

    I like Holmes' footwork quite a bit. And Louis is underrated in this department. For superheavies, Wlad was pretty fleet at his peak.
     
  11. George Crowcroft

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    You could. But then I could point out CW is a ******* division you don't believe in. Instead I'll just give my opinion that Usyk is just better than Tunney.
    Compare their fights with Louis, Marciano and even each-other. Charles was better at moving, better positioning, shuffles, pivots ect.


    I know. I've seen the video. But most of Walcott's impressive tricks were either tactics or feints. His footwork (and head-movement for that matter) is overrated due to people mistaking them for the same thing.

    Walcott's best attribute in terms of footwork was his stance switching. Breaking his rhythm had nothing to do with his feet. He was slick because he merged his feints with his head-movement (often feinting with his head) to confuse people, whilst remaining squared up, again nothing to do with his footwork.

    Walcott had very flashy feet, most of the movement was completely unnecessary.
     
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    I disagree
     
  13. George Crowcroft

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    What about his little kicks and shuffles (whilst not in range I might add) was necessary then?
     
  14. roughdiamond

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    Just to say that Walcott's shuffle actually got him KOd vs Louis.
     
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    For disrupting and bothering the enemy, a foot feint if you will. Always keeping them on their toes