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Is Anthony Joshua better athlete than Rocky Marciano?

Discussion in 'General Boxing Forum' started by baconmaker, Jul 10, 2017.



  1. baconmaker

    baconmaker Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Joshua probably lifts 2x more weight than Marciano could, but Marciano has much better stamina. Both guys are great athletes, but which one is better?
     
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  2. TheDon!

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    Neither of them are better athletes than Dustin 'The Worm' Nichols.
     
  3. bcr

    bcr Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Anthony Joshua is a great athlete, if you see his routine you can see a lot of different types of workouts.
    He was also in a weak tv show that compared Olympic athletes from GB and he came up first.
    Anyway, Marciano was an old school trainer, he could generate too much power with little space and he also could maintain and incredible pace for 15 rounds with power in every punch.
    At the end of the day, Marciano had incredible endurance and was a top athlete but Joshua is overall probably the better athlete, but the better athlete doesn't always wins, ask Berto, Judah, Mosley, Broner, etc...
     
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  4. HerolGee

    HerolGee Boxing Junkie booted Full Member

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    Arnoold Schwarznegger had more muscle than both combined but was he fit around the 800m track? no way.

    "AThlete" is a very broad term, not a definition thats an integral unit.
     
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  5. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg New Member Full Member

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    It would be a very sad endorsement of how badly sports science and nutrition has failed if AJ isn't considered a better all round athlete than Rocky Marciano.
     
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  6. HerolGee

    HerolGee Boxing Junkie booted Full Member

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    is Jessica Ennis Hill a better athlete than Lou Ferringo?

    you cant just look at muscle build and juge by that. Too much obsession with muscle build!
     
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  7. UnleashtheFURY

    UnleashtheFURY Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Idiotic comparison. Relative to their eras however, Marciano was probably better. He was ahead of his time as far as workouts, nutrition were concerned. Someone like Joshua couldn't exist in the 1950s...
     
  8. HerolGee

    HerolGee Boxing Junkie booted Full Member

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    whatsmore, viewing a musclebound freak like joshua in the 1950s, wouldnt be interpreted in the same way as it is today.
     
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  9. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    They are not athletes, they are boxers.
     
  10. Phil_Ivey_76

    Phil_Ivey_76 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    It's not close!!! Ask yourself who had had better stamina?
     
  11. lloydturnip

    lloydturnip Active Member Full Member

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    Dead lift ? AJ .stamina ? Rock.
     
  12. Mr.DagoWop

    Mr.DagoWop Boxing Junkie booted Full Member

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    Who has the better combination of speed, strength, and endurance p4p?
    Endurance - Marciano
    Speed - Even
    Strength - Even

    I give it to Marciano
     
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  13. Mr.DagoWop

    Mr.DagoWop Boxing Junkie booted Full Member

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    What?? Marciano did calisthenics, ran up hills and threw ****ing rocks. That's as primitive as it gets.

    Nutrition? He ate steak, potatoes, and drank turnip juice. That's pretty basic sh*t.
     
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  14. UnleashtheFURY

    UnleashtheFURY Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    He was more into fitness and worried about his health than a lot of guys were... Who drank, smoke and partied constantly, Marciano was unusually dedicated and health conscious, FOR HIS TIME.
     
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  15. Gannicus

    Gannicus 2014 Poster of the Year Full Member

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    You're narrowing everything down to give a little victory to Marciano.
    Also, there is no way on earth Marciano is even with Anthony Joshua in terms of strength. I don't think you've ever trained before in any way to make a statement like that.

    Either way, it depends what is meant by 'athlete' here. AJ is the more explosive athlete (as someone who has seen Marciano's fights) but Marciano is the superior endurance athlete by a long shot.

    Marciano's strength is more comparable to Artur Beterbiev's.
     
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