Fighters with incredible power who didn't use it

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by cross_trainer, Mar 26, 2022.

  1. LoadedGlove

    LoadedGlove Boxing Addict Full Member

    Dec 6, 2019
    Joe Bugner seemed to have access to Ingemar Johansson's right hand when in the mood or rattled, (See Richard Dunn, Jurgen Blinn, Winston Allen).
    I used to train with Pat Cowdell. He could knock holes in you when he held his feet.
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  2. Titan1

    Titan1 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    I am going to say Greg Page, who could bang with both hands. Runner up goes to Chris Rock, who showed tremendous restraint in Sunday's infamous incident.
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  3. TBooze

    TBooze Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 22, 2006

    Good call, and as Bulldog24 mentioned that was probably because of hand troubles, certainly nearer the end of his career.

    Although not a truly devastating puncher, Lloyd Honeyghan really lost his power edge later in his career, because of hand problems.

    And another Brit that struggled too was Paul Hodkinson. Smashing punches into Marcos Villasana's chin for 20 rounds caused him more problems long term than the eye damage.
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  4. escudo

    escudo Boxing Addict Full Member

    May 13, 2014
    Poster child for this one
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  5. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

    Apr 3, 2012
  6. DJN16

    DJN16 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 15, 2013
    Can't say I've heard of Hodkinson. Needing to do more history.
  7. Bah Lance

    Bah Lance Active Member banned Full Member

    Apr 29, 2019
    Despite his Knock Out record, Vitali never sat on his punches, kept that weird kick boxing stance and arm punched guys to death.

    With all his injuries, perhaps that helped preseve him for his WBC title run.
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  8. Eddie Ezzard

    Eddie Ezzard Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 19, 2016
    Dear me, Hoko looked terrible after that fight with Villasana. He looked like Billy Collins Jr after the Resto fight with the eye damage and broken nose. If I remember correctly there was even a hint of he didn't need to go down from the commentary team which seems very unfair. I'm amazed his corner didn't pull him out and save him from himself as he was incredibly brave.

    Villasana was like a piece of rock wasn't he? Incredibly durable and strong looking. He was a few inches taller than Paul but looked stockier.
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  9. greynotsoold

    greynotsoold Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    Charley Burley. Many of his opponents talked about how hard he hit, and there are many stories of his punching power in the gym.
    He was also was known for his cautious, dull performances.
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  10. Bulldog24

    Bulldog24 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 2, 2013
    Eubank Sr is a time distant fan.

    Favourite he saw on film, technically, Jersey Joe Walcott.

    Favourite ever regardless, Jack Johnson.

    Sr is the man!
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  11. greynotsoold

    greynotsoold Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    I always liked watching him fight. Reading about his journey in boxing, I have a lot of respect for him.
  12. Drew101

    Drew101 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    * I think Willie Pep hit a whole lot harder than his record suggests. As it stands, he had over 60 KO's on his record, in spite of the fact that he wore the cuffs a lot when facing second tier opposition.
  13. Tin_Ribs

    Tin_Ribs Me Full Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Laporte, the sloth-like *******. Genuine power, technique and timing in both hands but a borderline sparring partner mentality.
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  14. Journeyman92

    Journeyman92 Resident Gadfly Full Member

    Sep 22, 2021
    God Eubank had a chin like an anvil. Remember his war cry after a rough round with Carl Thompson? Gave me goose skin, whatever flaws he had as a boxer where well hidden by his sheer pride and eagerness in the ring. Wish he’d been the one to fight Gerald instead of Benn, felt like it’d been a classic with a tenth of the rabbit punches.
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  15. Bulldog24

    Bulldog24 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 2, 2013
    Glenwood Brown remembers Eubanks Sr sleeping on the concrete steps inside Gleasons Gym because he couldn’t afford to travel between there and the Bronx, and wanted the best sparring.
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