Who hit harder, Foreman or Shavers?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Thirdtonunn24, Jun 22, 2022.

  1. Thirdtonunn24

    Thirdtonunn24 New Member Full Member

    Jan 9, 2022
    This thought kept resurfacing in my head, in my opinion, the two are the top of the list when it comes to hardest hitting heavyweights.
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  2. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    May 30, 2019
  3. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    I wouldn't like to personally find out. Lol
    But for sheer power I've always thought it's George.
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  4. CroBox29

    CroBox29 Active Member Full Member

    Nov 24, 2019
    A dead man can't find out who's hitting harder...
  5. Barrf

    Barrf Active Member Full Member

    Sep 19, 2021
    Any quotes from Lyle? He had wars with both.

    Leroy Caldwell, who was KOd by both, said Shavers hit much harder.
  6. White Bomber

    White Bomber Well-Known Member Full Member

    Mar 31, 2021
  7. Eddie Ezzard

    Eddie Ezzard Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 19, 2016
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    Not sure if this will work but it's the page I got when I typed 'Shavers' and 'Harder' into the search facility (top right of the page) and then specified 'Threads Only'.

    I tried exactly the same words on Pornhub's search engine too. That opened my eyes, I can tell you.
  8. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

    Dec 31, 2009

    george was the better puncher because he hurt everyone he fought.

    Put it this way, shavers hit hard..but he was never going to knockout Joe Frazier.
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  9. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    No one will ever truly know
  10. Boxing2019

    Boxing2019 If you want peace, prepare war. Full Member

    Jul 22, 2019
    From Boxrec:

    Shavers: 74W (68KO)

    Foreman 76W (68KO)

    Considered Foreman fought even as old, I thiink Foreman. Shavers lost power with the passing of the time and didnt face fighters of other generations.
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  11. Kid Bacon

    Kid Bacon All-Time-Fat Full Member

    Nov 8, 2011
    IIRC Ali said once it was Shavers the one hitting hardest
    I think Ali should know what he was talking about since he fought both.
  12. Stevie G

    Stevie G Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    Shavers certainly hit Ali more OFTEN than Foreman did. Good reason for this being that Muhammad was a lot easier to hit with full on shots in 1977 than he was in '74. Foreman hit hard with left and right whereas Earnie's power was all right hands.
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  13. Holmes77

    Holmes77 New Member Full Member

    May 28, 2022
    Foreman was a way better boxer than Shavers. If he got you hurt he could finish you. And I think Foreman fought better competition. Shavers may have hit harder- I personally don’t think so but the point being he didn’t have the skills to follow that up. I wonder if prime Foreman would have put Holmes away in that same scenario where Shavers could not
  14. Glass City Cobra

    Glass City Cobra Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jan 6, 2017
    They're different punchers.

    Shavers was more explosive and got more leverage. He was punching right through you like he was aiming for what's behind you. He had less skill and didn't set up his shots as well and was a worse finisher, but he was even more reckless and more willing to put all his weight into a punch.

    Foreman was a heavy handed clubbing puncher who mostly battered guys with his tremendous arm strength and underrated timing.

    It's like comparing a jeep going 80 vs a semi truck going 60. Either way, if you get hit by the full force, you're done for.

    I fought some huge stocky guys with big arms and the punches felt like baseball bats or 2x4's. They had a dull, numbing sensation. The guys who had good speed and leverage felt more like a towel or whip. It's a different sensation.

    I think Shavers definitely hit harder with the straight right cross. Foreman was the overall more effective puncher and had superb power in either hand with just about every other punch.
  15. cross_trainer

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

    Jun 30, 2005