Does Juan LaPorte have the greatest chin ever?

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  1. Pat_Lowe

    Pat_Lowe Active Member Full Member

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    Just looking over his record, he was tested against the best and as far as I know wasn't down once in his career, he fought Salvador Sanchez, Eusebio Pedroza, Wilfredo Gomez, Julio Cesar Chavez, Barry McGuigan and Kostya Tszyu. Thats a hell of a lineup of punchers. I haven't seen many of his fights but against Sanchez, Gomez and Chavez I didn't see him even wobbled or hurt. He is definently worthy of recognition
     
  2. rekcutnevets

    rekcutnevets Black Sash Full Member

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    That was a popular idea in the early 90's. I've got no problem with it.
     
  3. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    He has definite claims for best chin of his entire era. Good to see his durability getting it's due.
     
  4. Russell

    Russell Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Anyone have any specific examples of how tough he was?
     
  5. sweet_scientist

    sweet_scientist Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Forcing Julio Cesar Chavez to try and outbox him rather than slug it out with him would be a prime example of just how tough he was.
     
  6. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    He took the best of all those listed above, some well past his prime. That's tough enough. Can't think of any tidbits offhand tho.
     
  7. Pat_Lowe

    Pat_Lowe Active Member Full Member

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    I watched that fight yesterday, He gave as good as he got in that fight, the commentators had it a draw it was that close. I didn't score it but alot of the rounds looked really close. He took some hellacious body shots in that fight, one round in particular (the 8th I think) Chavez gave him a bad beating but he came right back.
     
  8. Robot16

    Robot16 Keep it Kr0nkn Full Member

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    Sounds tough, esp hearingthat.

    So was Chavez the Deserved victor?
     
  9. sean

    sean pale peice of pig`s ear Full Member

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    i saw a prime barry mcguigan fight laporte and hit him flush and work him over, but the only fighter hurt in the fight was mcguigan in the 9th.

    laporte was ultra strong and durable , with big power at feather , just not the skill to win against the elite.

    his power helped him , because opponents always had to be respectfull of it, but laporte`s record speaks for itself.

    his name does not crop up much, but it is a good call,

    laporte did have a p4p top chin and proved it against elite fighters with power .
     
  10. Pat_Lowe

    Pat_Lowe Active Member Full Member

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    Yes he was, it was a close fight and the judges had him the winner so then yes he was the deserved victor. Certainly no robbery. It was a win for him, and a good win at that.
     
  11. Pat_Lowe

    Pat_Lowe Active Member Full Member

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    Thats a good conclusion, he was a good fighter and a excellent name to have on your record. He mainly lost the big ones but he did win a title. Underrated fighter who gave a good deal of trouble to some greats.
     
  12. mcvey

    mcvey Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I think after the Pedroza fight he had the bluest balls!I would go with Lamoota having a better chin ,or at least comparable,because he took the shots of terrific hitters weight classes above him like Satterfield.tha ATG chin is probably Chuvalo ,then McCall,Hagler.imo.
     
  13. Pat_Lowe

    Pat_Lowe Active Member Full Member

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    That list is agreeable, those are the consensus names mentioned, I just believe LaPorte definently belongs in that class. Those very few people who were never floored or hurt really.
     
  14. AREA 53

    AREA 53 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I do not think that you can ever single out one person as having the greatest Chin, Left Hook right cross or anything Else, Pick One - and you insult another, i think its good enough to say a fighter ranks with the best !

    Jaun did indeed have a Fabulous chin, but he did have skills which enabled him to block, parry or ride punches as well, should Jaun's Chin rank ahead of Say Marcus Villasana, who fought many many great punchers Like Juan, (Nelson, Fenech, Asparrgosa, Hodkinson, to name a few,) and without Juan's Skills, took many more Flush Shots then Jaun, but Never went Down. I think Marcus's Chin was every bit as good as Juan's - Matches it Yes, but i for one will not say Better, neither deserved to be rated lower then the other.
     
  15. Robot16

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    Ok thanks, cos iwas reading that he had a few close calls, butit may have been against Rocky Lockridge or Tony Lopez, i know chavez fought one of them two fighters and it was a close one.
     

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