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

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  1. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    He was often being taken the distance by much smaller, lighter, weaker fighters too.
    So it's safe to say he didn't really punch hard.

    I loved his 15th round KO of Dauthuille though. He needed a KO there and he went for it and got it.
     
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    he grant Historian/Film Maker Full Member

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    This is both absurd and incorrect.
     
  3. rayrobinson

    rayrobinson Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    He fought top level guys that didn't get knocked out.

    There are plenty of high % knockout artists who cannot hit for **** at elite level.
     
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    He was also endlessly struggling to make weight as Jake would be a natural 168 pounder today .. He clearly hit hard enough to defeat most fighters of his era.
     
  5. ETM

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    I think LaMotta may have punched with solid power to the body. It didn't hurt his hands as much as head shots unless you catch an elbow.
    Overall he was a pressure volume hitter who was rough/dirty. He would try to make it a physical fight.
     
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    He weighed over 160 for a lot of the fights I'm thinking of. 160, 161, 163, 165.
    Fighting guys who were 145 to low 150s, welters really, and small middles.
    Jimmy Edgar, Fritzie Zivic, Ray Robinson, Tommy Bell, Vern Lester.
     
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    Did he fight some good light heavyweights?
     
  8. Jackomano

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    This. Lamotta was fighting very good competition. When a fighter’s competition improves the knockouts tend to stop or become very hard to get.
     
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    BitPlayerVesti Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Especially at lower weights.
     
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    Zivic and Robinson were two all time greats with terrific chins. Jimmy Edgar was a tough black fighter most white fighters ducked. Bell was very tough when Jake fought him .. Vern, whatever ..
     
  11. Glass City Cobra

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    I view him similar to guys like tim Bradley and holyfield. Although they lack power, they had enough to get your respect (no one just walked through or ate their shots on purpose). They had good physical strength and made it a rough fight to wear the opponent down. And since they brought a granite chin, it basically meant a ko on either side of the equation was unlikely.

    In other words, youd better be in shape for the long haul or they'd grind you down and get the decision on sheer workrate. Because if they didnt get a stoppage and/or you ran out of energy fighting them, they made you WISH theyd just knock you out and get it over with instead of becoming a heavy bag! Pressure fighters can sometimes, ironically, do more damage to opponents' careers than an early KO artist.
     
  12. tinman

    tinman Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    The vast majority of FMJ KOs were against bums. Like, half of them had losing records.
     
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    Ike Williams KO rate at 39% isn't especially impressive, but he was well known as a very hurtful puncher.
     
  14. Unforgiven

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    They were good fighters I'm not saying otherwise.
    But LaMotta was strong and aggression and a whole weight division bigger at least.
    LaMotta wasn't a big puncher.
    He does have a few very good stoppages wins on his record though.
     
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    I'm not sayin he was a big puncher either .. I do think he hit hard enough to be a top twenty five middleweight or so and that's pretty good.
     
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