Which boxer in history was the most gifted?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Thirdtonunn24, Jan 15, 2022.

  1. Barm

    Barm New Member Full Member

    Sep 28, 2011
  2. Ken Ashcroft

    Ken Ashcroft Boxing Addict Full Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    Thomas Hearns was taller ……. at both middleweight and welterweight.
  3. Jel

    Jel Reserving the right to be inconsistent Full Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    He was, but Hearns came along 3 decades later. For the 1940s, a 5’11 welter - as SRR was - was crazy.
  4. Seamus

    Seamus Proud Kulak Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    Benny Leonard ran a 4.26 40. I'll go with him.
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  5. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Liston was good, but no "Tire Iron" Jones Full Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    This is a difficult question to answer because there's no easy way to determine how much was a "gift" and how much was training, acquired skill, and hard work.

    You'd have to look for outliers like Carnera who just plain shouldn't look or perform like they do, relative to their own era and the training resources available. (Carnera being an example because he's a 6'5" man with 260 pounds of muscle -- very abnormal even today -- and good stamina in an era before PEDs.)

    Or people with verifiable testing showing them to be extreme outliers from a young age, physically. Or medical exams showing actual advantageous conditions, etc.
  6. he grant

    he grant Historian/Film Maker Full Member

    Jul 15, 2008
    Robinson has size, speed, power, stamina, chin and heart.
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  7. META5

    META5 Active Member Full Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    In my opinion, it's nobody mentioned here.

    Natural great athletically co-ordinated fighters such as SRR, Ali, SRL, RJJ, Sweet Pea, Floyd, Benitez, Hearns, Duran etc. are all worthy of mention.

    Going left field, there are fighters that have had incredible grappling or wrestling/Muay Thai/MMA careers and have then had excellent boxing success or vice versa - amongst this group likely lies my answer.
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  8. Flash24

    Flash24 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    At 6'3" 210 - 220 pounds and moved faster than most Middleweights in history, balance, reflexes, intuition, and physically stronger than most heavyweights . Not to mention much tougher. How can it NOT be Ali. Especially when considering the size difference between him and most of the fighters he's compared to.
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