Did John L Sullivan hit as hard asTom Sharkey or above?

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More power and better fighter

  1. Sharkey hit harder

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  2. Sharkey better fighter

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  3. Sullivan hit harder

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  4. Sullivan better fighter.

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  1. mattdonnellon

    mattdonnellon Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    A shell of the real Goddard, after the Smith defeat Joe was finished, too old, too drunk. Sharkey had great attributes but he wasn't a massive puncher but no feather puncher either, just not a Maher, Choynski or Fitz. Or a Sullivan.
     
  2. The Undefeated Lachbuster

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    Sullivan definitely hit harder lmao what

    Sharkey has freakish p4p strength and power tho no question
     
  3. Mendoza

    Mendoza Hrgovic = Next Heavyweight champion of the world. Full Member

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    And either man would be Sullivan's best win. How good of a puncher was Maher? He could not stop Ruhlin in three fights, drawing twice and getting Ko'd the 3rd time. Some think Maher his harder than Sullivan.

    So would Choynski, whom Sharkey defeated. And then there is Goddard, whom Sharkey Ko'd but Sullivan did not meet.

    Sharkey was even with Corbett as well.

    Sullivan has a very thin record, and his finishing power disappeared in the mid 1880's.

    This much is for certain, Sharkey proved the better chin, and fought 3x the competition.

    On point on Sullivan which I see but no one else mentions is there were very few big punchers in his day, he must have really stood out.
     
  4. janitor

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    You are basing this on what exactly?

    For all that you know, Jake Killrain might have beaten them both in the same evening!
     
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  5. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti Boxingoholican Full Member

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    Ruhlin wasn't really a top fighter when Sharkey beat him, it was only later he really developed. Ruhlin lost to Sharkey between losing to Kid McCoy and goin life and death with Ed Dunkhorst.