How Good Was Esteban De Jesus's Punching Power ?

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  1. OP_TheJawBreaker

    OP_TheJawBreaker Member Full Member

    Jun 23, 2021
    Can I know how much would you rate Esteban's power ? It seems Duran said that he is the best puncher he ever faced even though he fought Hearns and took his cleanest shot. (I read it on Duran's Best I Faced) So what you rate Esteban's punching power & what are your thoughts of Duran saying he is the best puncher he ever faced ?

    Here's what duran said about the best puncher he ever faced :

    De Jesus was the first opponent to knock me down and he had me down again in the second fight. When I lost to Thomas Hearns I was drained from losing weight too quickly, and that had a bad effect on me. Hearns got me with a great punch but I could have performed far better in a rematch. Marvin Hagler, who is a good friend of mine, told Hearns the only reason he knocked me out is because I wasn’t at my best.
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  2. Lenny

    Lenny Member Full Member

    May 23, 2021
    speed kills..... look how fast he throws those left hooks, IF Duran saw it ---he could slip it......
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  3. Lenny

    Lenny Member Full Member

    May 23, 2021
    OK ---maybe I am wrong. He took SRL best shots. Straight on
  4. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    I always felt DeJesus was a beautiful boxer who could mix up his punches nicely. I really never considered him a true banger. I think the only fight I ever saw him go after a fighter aggressively from the start was against Buzzsaw Yamabe. However, I do consider him to have been an explosive counter-puncher.
  5. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 4, 2016
    His punches were sharp and crisp and delivered in textbook fashion. His punches carried pop but he wasn't a big puncher per se.
  6. salsanchezfan

    salsanchezfan Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    If you look at his fights with DeJesus (and I'm just thinking of the knockdown sequence from the second fight, anyway) you see Duran go inside with his hands down and head up, very reckless indeed, off balance and everything. Doesn't take a bone-crushing puncher to take advantage of that, just a timely one.

    I think his power was average. He was quick and knew what he was throwing at.
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  7. TheWorstEver(TWE)

    TheWorstEver(TWE) Active Member Full Member

    Sep 22, 2018
    I love Duran but I wish he'd quit with the excuses.
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  8. Mike Cannon

    Mike Cannon Active Member Full Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    Correct. keep well.
  9. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jul 16, 2019
    Esteban De Jesus was good enough to hand undefeated WBA Lightweight Champion Roberto Hands Of Stone Duran his first defeat in a non title 10 round fight on Nov 17 1972 in Madison Square Garden, he decked Duran in round 1,went on to score the victory on points. On March 16 1974 in Panama City, Panama, in a WBA title bout, again Esteban sent Duran to the canvas in round 1 with a left hook, only to be stopped by Duran in round 11. They fought for the last time in a title unification on Jan 21 1978, Roberto boxed beautifully, stopped De Jesus in round 12. Esteban was a very fluid type boxer who packed a punch.
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  10. OP_TheJawBreaker

    OP_TheJawBreaker Member Full Member

    Jun 23, 2021
    So all of you are saying that Esteban is more of a great puncher, basically like Trinidad & Errol Spence ? their punches are really really beautiful But maybe not the hardest puncher like hearns ?
  11. Jel

    Jel Reserving the right to be inconsistent Full Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    Good puncher in my opinion but not a great one. Of course, I'm happy to make such pronouncements safe in the knowledge that I'll never taste that power.

    I think Duran gives him his props because DeJesus was his greatest rival in many ways and there's probably a respect there based on that and also because DeJesus died. During his lightweight heyday Duran would have said nothing of the sort, I'm sure.