What fighters said hit them the hardest?

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  1. Moggy94

    Moggy94 Member Full Member

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    Okay so what fighters do we know said hit them the hardest? Here are some to start off the thread:

    You fought a lot of heavy hitters in your day. Who would you say is the hardest puncher that you ever faced?

    Ray Mercer: Tommy Morrison definitely.

    Tommy Morrison in your opinion was a harder puncher than Wladimir Klitschko or Lennox Lewis?

    Ray Mercer: Yes. Wladimir Klitschko hit me in the temple, first time I was ever hit like that, but it wasn't a hard punch. I'm talking about pain, it was Tommy Morrison and Bert Cooper.


    The Hardest puncher?

    "Mike Tyson. He was strong . . . a powerful man. Even when his punches didn't connect, they hurt." - Francois Botha

    "He doesn't hit as hard as Tyson, but he's more consistent." - Danny Williams after fighting Vitali Klitschko

    "4 sure he is bigger stronger n faster Worked w him this past week hardest puncher I have ever been in with" - Jameel McCline on sparring with Deontay Wilder.
     
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  2. Stiches Yarn

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    Muhammad Ali: Earnie Shavers.
    Larry Holmes: Earnie Shavers.
    Tex Cobb: Earnie Shavers.
    James Quick Tillis: Earnie Shavers.
    Ron Lyle: Earnie Shavers.
    George Foreman: Ron Lyle.
    Riddick bowe: Herbie Hide.
    Michael Spinks: Mike Tyson.
    Cleveland Williams: Sonny Liston.
    Joe Frazier: George Foreman.
    Chuck Wepener: Sonny Liston.
    Michael Moorer: David Tua (dunno why...i mean he fought foreman too.)
    Mike Tyson: Evander Holyfield.
    Evander Holyfield: George Foreman.
    Floyd Patterson: Sonny Liston.
    Sonny Liston: Cleveland Williams (i don't remember where i have seen this tbh, i guess it was in a book or something like that).
    Tyrell Biggs: James Bonecrusher Smith.
    Frank Bruno: James Bonecrusher Smith.
    Jose Ribalta: James Bonecrusher Smith.
    James Bonecrusher Smith: Mike Tyson.
    Tony Tubbs: Mike Tyson.
    Pinklon Thomas:Tommy Morrison.
    Earnie Shavers:Ron Lyle.
    Tim Witherspoon: Frank Bruno.
    Lennox Lewis: Did my best not to find out!!!
     
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  3. OP_TheJawBreaker

    OP_TheJawBreaker NOBODY hit like that guy! Full Member

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    Tyrell Biggs: Jeff Sims (He never fought Smith)
    Jake LaMotta: Bob Satterfield
    Floyd Patterson: Ingemar Johansonn (He said Liston hit hard but Johansonn hit harder)
    Bob Satterfield: Cleveland Williams
    Sugar Ray Robinson: Artie Levine
    Roy Jones Jr: Merqui Sosa
    James Toney: Merqui Sosa
    Frank Liles: Merqui Sosa
    Yaqui Lopez: Michael Spinks
    Murray Sutherland: Michael Spinks (I dunno, he fought Thomas Hearns too tho...)
    Vonzell Johnson: Michael Spinks
    Marvin Johnson: Michael Spinks
     
  4. JohnThomas1

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    You can add Leroy Caldwell, Charley Polite Jimmy Young, Bugner and Ken Norton to Shavers.

    Shannon Briggs.
     
  5. Entaowed

    Entaowed Boxing Addict Full Member

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    How about Young, Norton Caldwell-& about anyone who fought Earnie-also affirming Shavers as the #1 bomber?
    Edit: John Thomas added Mr. Bugner & Polite to the mix! Really anyone who fought Shavers did not pick anyone else, I know of nobody else who has such universal agreement attached to their power.
    Not the best, not who landed most often flush, not most effective combinations, not finishing ability-but pure horsepower & blunt force trauma.

    Edit #2: Someone else said Patterson named Johanson, but hard to believe he hit as hard as Liston.
    Also, you say Tyson named Holyfield? This I must wonder if you are mistaken about, do you have a source?
    Clearly Bruno & Ruddock & Smith hit harder, & others Tyson fought must have too.
     
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  6. Stiches Yarn

    Stiches Yarn Active Member Full Member

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    Yes.
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    BEST PUNCHER
    Holyfield: He threw terrific shots with both hands and with bad intentions.
     
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  7. Entaowed

    Entaowed Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Ah but the "best" puncher does not mean who hit them the hardest. Tyson was not asked that question. he If he did, I doubt he would not answer Ruddock "he hits like a fu*king mule" Bruno, or Smith-likely not the latter because he was mostly a "Bonehugger".
    Holyfield was many great things, but even with all the 'roids he was never accused of hitting the hardest by anyone.

    I think Tyson would clearly have beaten old Foreman-just like Tyson in his 40's would have even less of a chance against prime George.
    But he is wrong that would have proven anything about who was the bigger puncher. Because with his reduced speed & Tyson's skills he would not land flush very often.
    Holyfiled attests to Foreman hitting him harder than anyone, & that was when George was over 40!
     
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  8. Stiches Yarn

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    Valid points. I believe Frank Bruno might have been the one who Iron Mike the hardest.
    I mean Tyson said ruddock hit like a F U cking Mule Kick, but he also stated in that recent documentary about the Tyson-Bruno fights when Bruno (in their first fight) hit him with a left hook, it was like walking right into a bomb, it felt like electricity and he saw "white lights".
     
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  9. Gazelle Punch

    Gazelle Punch Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Terrible response from Lewis.
     
  10. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Some fighters so consistently gained glowing testimonies about therir power, that I have to think there was something in it.

    Joe Choynski
    Joe Walcott
    Sam Langford
    Aurelio Herrera
    Max Baer
    Curtis Sheppard
    Bob Satterfield
    Ernie Shavers
    Lamon Brewster
    Genady Golovkin
    Deontay Wilder
     
  11. OP_TheJawBreaker

    OP_TheJawBreaker NOBODY hit like that guy! Full Member

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    Tex Cobb: Earnie Shavers
    Ali: Earnie Shavers
    Jimmy Young: Earnie Shavers
    Ken Norton: Earnie Shavers
    Joe Bugner: Earnie Shavers
    Ron Lyle: Earnie Shavers
    James Tilis: Earnie Shavers
    Larry Holmes: Earnie Shavers
    Leroy Caldwell: Earnie Shavers
    Charley Polite: Earnie Shavers
    Ron Stander: Earnie Shavers
     
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  12. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    It is almost like there is a common pattern here!
     
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  13. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    George Foreman's take:

     
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  14. robert ungurean

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    Didn't Leonard say Duran hit him the hardest?
    I believe Eubanks said Benn?
    I remember reading a couple guys saying Barkley but can't remember who
     
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  15. OP_TheJawBreaker

    OP_TheJawBreaker NOBODY hit like that guy! Full Member

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    "The first time he put me down...I thought this guy can hit! They say Marciano was a house wrecker, and he was, but it took a volley to get the job done. This guy...one punch!" - Archie Moore on Yvon Durelle