only 30 KOs in 106 fights, how do you rate Jake LaMottas power?

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  1. Oakland Billy Smith

    Oakland Billy Smith Member Full Member

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    Would you consider him feather fisted?
    By comparison, Floyd has 27 KOs in less than half as many fights, and many so called boxing elitists have always dogged Floyd for not closing out fights
     
  2. Mendoza

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

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    Average. Jake had problems with his hands.
     
  3. mark ant

    mark ant Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    So did Floyd.
     
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  4. mark ant

    mark ant Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Jake threw short punches his jab was completely untelegraphed, if he threw with more power his punches would have been harder to land, his combos were really quick because of how he threw his punches, very hard to evade indeed, he didn`t usually need power.
     
  5. JackSilver

    JackSilver Well-Known Member Full Member

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    His wife can verify the power in his fists.
     
  6. TBI

    TBI Active Member Full Member

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    I think he hit harder than his record suggests.

    He seemed to put more of a premium on volume than on power.

    One thing for sure- with LaMotta, you better come in shape and on top of your game, because he's coming like an avalanche and given the opportunity, he will knock you out.
     
  7. Big Ukrainian

    Big Ukrainian Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I think it's solid, 6 of 10.

    LaMotta is that guy whose KO % isn't nearly as good as his power
     
  8. roughdiamond

    roughdiamond Tony Canzoneri booted Full Member

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    Jakes power is underrated due to the consistency of fights he had and the high level opponents he fought. Fighting often means you are much more likely to injure your hands, and lose a payday or title opportunity. If Mayweather fought back then he would have a very low KO percentage.

    This can also be seen in fighters like Jimmy Mclarnin, who had huge power but low KO%.
     
  9. he grant

    he grant Historian/Film Maker Full Member

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    He also fought a pretty terrific level of opposition from fairly early on opposed to one padded with light touches .. he was not a monster one punch guy but certainly had enough to hold his own ...
     
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  10. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

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    He didn't hit hard at all.

    Pressure fighters of LaMotta's quality are truth finders, whatever their power. If you're neglect either offence OR defence or if you're not very fit and alive to what is happening you will get stopped; but he doesn't hit hard enough to blatter people and get himself out of trouble, either.

    Volume punchers with low KO ratios are by definition poor punchers - because they are throwing a lot of hard shots.
     
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  11. Jackstraw

    Jackstraw Active Member Full Member

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    So can Floyd’s ;)

    Or at least baby mama can
     
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  12. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti The Ad Wolgast of Googling Stuff Full Member

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    The less you put into each punch, the more you can throw. So for some volume punchers, I think they just don't load up, and focus on quantity over quality.
     
  13. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti The Ad Wolgast of Googling Stuff Full Member

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    KO% doesn't mean **** anyway

    As a percent of total number of fights, Hughie Fury has a better KO% than Sam Langford
     
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  14. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I'll agree with that, a 6.
     
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  15. PernellSweetPea

    PernellSweetPea Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    some guys do. Then you have guys like Hagler, who people overlook and you see when he was 60-2-2. he had 50 knockouts, which was a good knockout percentage. Yet people don't see Hagler as a knockout puncher.
     
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