Who had faster hands? Sugar Ray Leonard or Roy Jones Jr

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Who had the faster hands?

  1. Roy Jones

  2. Sugar Ray Leonard

  3. Undecided

  1. Showstopper97

    Showstopper97 The Icon Full Member

    Oct 7, 2020
    Who had faster hands? I'm undecided in this one.
  2. Soxial experimennt 2.0

    Soxial experimennt 2.0 Trans and proud banned Full Member

    Jan 11, 2021
  3. apollack

    apollack Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    Ray probably was ever so slightly faster but Roy had more combined speed and power.
  4. The Morlocks

    The Morlocks Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Sugar Ray. Faster hands and feet and reflexes shown against 10x the opponents Jones had.
  5. Bulldog24

    Bulldog24 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 2, 2013
    Jones. Otherworldly for a guy that size. Ray was small, 147 same day weigh in, and Jones still looked faster.
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  6. Fuzzykat

    Fuzzykat Member Full Member

    Jun 18, 2019
    Don't know the answer to that one. They were both fast. I do know that Ray as a welterweight and Roy as a middleweight/super middleweight were two of the best I saw.
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  7. escudo

    escudo Boxing Addict Full Member

    May 13, 2014
    When you consider the size difference I'd say they are dead even pound for pound.
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  8. Devon

    Devon Well-Known Member Full Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    Jones and there is no way you can say otherwise
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  9. Flash24

    Flash24 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Hard to really say tbh. Both men were at the top of charts as far as hand speed is concerned.
    But so many fighters were.
    Were those two much faster if at all than M.Taylor, T.Norris, P.Whitaker, H.Camacho Sr. R.Robinson ,M Pacquiao, or F.Mayweather Jr in their primes?
    Or better still Ali, who outweighed them all at the least by 50lbs? Or J.Louis whom may have had average foot speed, but his handspeed was better than most Middleweights.
    Its a hard challenge almost impossible to really have a strong opinion based on reasoning between the speed of fighters of different weight classes.
    Based on weight Jones Jr was faster because he for the most part was heavier than Leonard and looked just as fast as he was.
    But, how many fighters did Jones Jr face was as fast or as skilled as prime Duran,, T.Hearns or W.Benitez at respective weight? Thats right none.
    So many variables to consider when trying to compare fighters of different weight classes in the speed or power category.
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  10. Richmondpete

    Richmondpete Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Ray Leonard fought over 600 fights?
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  11. Richmondpete

    Richmondpete Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Both were blazing fast and it's splitting hairs but Roy Jones was quickness epitomized.
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  12. Richmondpete

    Richmondpete Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    How does the quality of your opposition prove anything about your speed? Amir Kahn's hands were faster than Oscar Delahoyas even though odh resume at the same weights ****s all over his
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  13. Thread Stealer

    Thread Stealer Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Roy’s hand speed impressed me the most. Whether it was a single shot lead or single shot counter, or arm flurry, or full on combination with leverage, I think his handspeed was the best relative to his weight classes. At least below HW, it’s hard to gauge HW.

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    Hector Camacho was probably second.
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  14. Flash24

    Flash24 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Sure it does. Especially in the cases I presented Hearns and Benitez were also noted for their speed. Duran for his quickness and distance closing ability, those 3 fighters were capable of competing with Leonard's atheletiscim and speed.Conversely, Jones Jr never faced anyone whom could compete with him, or was noted for speed , so he was facing opponents he had a very definitive physical or speed advantages over its harder to gauge how he would've responded with an opponent with equal physical ability or speed.. Its easier to look superfast against weaker competition.
    But Its all speculative.
    Was Kahn really that much faster than ODH? Or was Kahns competition much weaker and because of this he only seemed faster than ODH because of the weaker,less talented competition?
    How many of Kahns opponents can be compared to prime Shane Mosely ? Who was noted for his speed.
    I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel just trying to take all the information available and present it in a logical conclusion.
    Am I writing this in stone???? Hell no lol.
  15. KuRuPT

    KuRuPT Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 26, 2011
    RJJ for me, and it's clear. Don't get me wrong, SRL has amazing speed, but that is how fast Roy was
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