Who hits harder: Muhammad Ali or Mike Tyson?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Ironfox222, Nov 18, 2023.

better power

  1. Muhammad Ali

    9 vote(s)
  2. Mike Tyson

    59 vote(s)
  1. Themessiah

    Themessiah El Jefe Full Member

    Feb 1, 2021
    Ali is the better fighter but he doesn’t punch harder. Ali even said himself he wasn’t the biggest puncher
  2. Marvelous_Iron

    Marvelous_Iron Active Member Full Member

    Jul 9, 2022
    Tyson was probably hitting harder than Ali at 15 knocking out larger sparring partners
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  3. Barrf

    Barrf Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 19, 2021
    Ali is a bit of an underrated puncher, but he's nothing like Tyson who can fairly be considered to be one of the hardest hitting HWs. Maybe he's only mid-pack in the group of "hardest hitting HWs", but Ali isn't remotely in that group.

    Difference between Ali and a real puncher can easily be seen by comparing him to Foreman in fights against Norton and Frazier. Ali just could not knock out either man and fought them both three times. Foreman blew them out easily. Tyson is a LOT closer to Foreman in power than Ali.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2023
  4. PRW94

    PRW94 Active Member Full Member

    Nov 26, 2020
    Tyson of course but the notion that Ali was a patty-cake puncher is an absolute myth, prime Ali could come off his toes and pop you, he was swiveling Foreman's head in Zaire way before Foreman got tired.
  5. northpaw

    northpaw Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 5, 2010
    Ali pressed Foreman's gas pedal then finished off a spent force, his ko had nothing to do with power. If you look at some of Foreman's fights, he's taken some hellacious shots (bigger than the right Ali dropped him with) and fired back.

    Tyson was a much bigger puncher.
  6. Bokaj

    Bokaj Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    I love that Ali got 7 votes. People taking a bit of a ****.

    And how is this 3 pages and still going?
  7. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Mar 23, 2019
    Mike by a large margin. Ali had his moments (check out the right hand that ruined Ron Lyle), but he rarely sat right down into his punches. In fact (I could be wrong but) I think the Lyle shot was more perfect timing and placement than actual power.
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  8. BoB Box

    BoB Box Rollin with the punches Full Member

    Jun 13, 2022
    Foreman was knocked out by Fatigue and all Ali did was help him fall.
  9. Sangria

    Sangria You bleed like Mylee Full Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Foreman WISHES he could overwhelm Tyson.
  10. Sangria

    Sangria You bleed like Mylee Full Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Ali did tag him though, and hard. Foreman's face was banged up like never before. Obviously not the way Alex Stewart dinged him up but there was substantial damage on George's mug after 8 rounds.
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  11. Sangria

    Sangria You bleed like Mylee Full Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Really? Sounds like something Tillis would say about Tyson...
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  12. Dempsey1238

    Dempsey1238 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 10, 2005
    Of course Ali hit harder, the guy flatten the great Sonny Liston in 1 round with 1 punch. Knockout Big George and stop Fraizer.
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  13. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 VIP Member Full Member

    Apr 27, 2005
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  14. Pugguy

    Pugguy Ingo, The Thinking Man’s GOAT Full Member

    Aug 22, 2021
    Sorry Dude if you took me literally - it was meant to be tongue in cheek (maybe your post was too) but you’re bang on.

    I was definitely sourcing from Tillis and his ridiculous comments re Iron Mike - who Tillis did originally nominate as the hardest puncher he had ever faced...before he later switched to Shavers whilst trying to belittle Mike at the same time.
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  15. Pugguy

    Pugguy Ingo, The Thinking Man’s GOAT Full Member

    Aug 22, 2021
    Georges face during and after the Stewart fight was horrific. Eye watering just to look at him.

    Stewart could punch but didn’t Foreman have an issue with his sinuses or something like that - a blockage that exacerbated the swelling, causing it to build up well above normal without normal drainage?
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