Best Footwork/Lead Hand?

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  1. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Well, what the OP describes is all here with John Conteh.
     
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  2. Clinton

    Clinton Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Great. Thank you sir
     
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  3. roughdiamond

    roughdiamond Ridin' the rails Full Member

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    When you watch Harada, there is another thing I recently noticed.

    His bouncing and 'hopping', which looks a bit frantic and a 'waste of energy', actually edges him closer and closer to his opponent. It is so subtle and deceptive I didn't notice it for ages, but it is definitely calculated as he does it every time. It seriously messed with Jofre and Famechon. Brilliant.

    My choice for this, since others have been mentioned, is Kuniaki Shibata. The guys co ordination between his ridiculously quick hands and his amazing footwork (some of the best I've ever seen), alongside punch slipping, is truly immense. For example, watch the first Vilaflor bout, or the Saldivar bout, and it is just a marvel to behold. He had his flaws (chin etc), but you would have to be a major ATG to out box and outmove him.

    Also, shout out to Willie Pastrano if he hasn't been mentioned (one of @red cobra's favorites if I remember).

    Forgotten guys would be Alfonso Lopez and Bernado Pinago. Both extremely fluid and completely co ordinated in the ring. Beautiful moves.



     
  4. Seamus

    Seamus Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I was just about to post about Julio here. Picture perfect, balanced, pressure footwork. His body lean always gave him multiple options from his punch arsenal.
     
  5. ETM

    ETM I thought I did enough to win. Full Member

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    Footwork?
    I'm gonna say Marvin Hagler in his prime. Say bout 77-83. Not flashy but effective, educated footwork. If you think I'm crazy check out some of his fights around this time.

    Best lead hand Sonny Liston. That jab and hook are as good as it gets.
     
  6. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft The Cobra Will Always Bite Back... Full Member

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    At the same time?
     
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  7. ETM

    ETM I thought I did enough to win. Full Member

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    My fault I wasnt paying enough attention to the OPs post.

    Now that I think about Hagler's lead right was about as good as it gets. I guess stick with Hagler.
     
  8. Amos-san

    Amos-san New Member Full Member

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    Ismael Laguna and Ernesto Marcel. Colon boxing school - awesome footwork plus lead left and right hands
     
  9. Bulldog24

    Bulldog24 Boxing Addict booted Full Member

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    The original Chris Eubank comes to mind.
     
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  10. DrederickTatum

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    Surprised no one has mentioned Willie Pep.
     
  11. bcr

    bcr Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Wilfredo Gomez had the best footwork of all time IMO, second maybe, behind Salvador Sanchez.
     
  12. andrewe

    andrewe P4P Full Member

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    Footwork? Obviously Muhammad Ali.
    Lead hand? Larry Holmes had a great lead hand, personally though I pick 60's Ali to outjab Holmes.

    So, my answer for both is Ali
     
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  13. ETM

    ETM I thought I did enough to win. Full Member

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    Orlando Canizales
     
  14. LoadedGlove

    LoadedGlove Active Member Full Member

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    Some great shouts on this thread. I'm a bit surprised that no one has mentioned Joe Louis. Efficiency in action. Minimal but perfect foot positioning and terrific jab which he often hooked off.
     
  15. JC40

    JC40 Boxing fan since 1972 Full Member

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    Whitaker deserves a mention.

    Cheers All.
     


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