Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by GoldenHulk, Jul 11, 2019.
Just curious where you rate the late former WBO champ among the divisions power punchers.
Top 20? I've never made a list that long, he's certainly not top 10
Good puncher,but I think it was primarily the speed of that left, coming out of the southpaw stance that both surprised and shocked his victims.
Possibly up there with anybody.
Just goes to show that power is an over rated commodity!
Sanders was seldom in top shape, conditioning isn't an overated commodity!
I've watched some of his other fights on YOUTUBE and he could hit with his right as well. He was very fast and when he hit to the body he really seemed to get his weight behind his punches. I know that Wladimir said in all his years of boxing Sanders was the hardest puncher that he fought, and I believe Hasim Rahman who fought a lot of heavyhitters credited him as well.
I sort of agree, but it seems that everyone says that about him, mainly because he wasn't muscular and a bit on the flabbyside, maybe his physique was down to poor genetics.
good world power in his prime but not elite.
When retired it had a faded a little.
It was most useful against guys without the depth of skill the deal with southpaw stances.
He rocked Vitali
He had a real good right hook as well. Did not throw it enough. Didn't use a jab much either. But man, was he ever dangerous early. There was no sparring or anything that could prepare opponents for that straight as an arrow left hand.
I think with his size and those punches he threw, he is and was a dangerous guy to sign a contract for. Really a logical choice to avoid if possible type opponent.
Around the top 20, at worst top 25. But in hand-speed is he probably top 3.
He had a nasty, nasty right uppercut. Short,fast, vicious little punch that did the business many times. He caught Rahman with it and nearly tipped him out the ring. He caught Varakin with it and dropped him like he'd been shot. Levi Billups (at a time where there was speculation that he might be worth something cause he'd given Lewis a torrid time) sampled it too.
But yeah, that straight left was a ****ing missile.
Actually when he was younger and mobile (before we got the slow-footed power punching version that everybody seems to cast him as) Sanders was more of an Ali type of fighter and his jab featured prominently as both a points scorer and a range finder. Check out his fight with Mike Dixon. At one point he peeled off 7-8 jabs in a row on the hapless Dixon.
As for Sanders' power, when he sat down on his punches it's up there with some of the hardest in history. Sprott rates him over Lewis. He'd sparred with Valuev (and I wish to god that I could find the quote) and Valuev said afterwards something along the lines of that he'd finally found out how hard a HW could hit and that it had been unpleasant.
Well one fight he would use the jab. Then forget it or neglect it his next fight. He really seldom relied on establishing the punch. Maybe as little as anyone in recent times. But some of that may be due to Volbrecht. Sure would like to have seen Corrie with a different guy---say a Manny Steward.