Who was the better fighter, Jack Dempsey or George Foreman?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by mark ant, Dec 26, 2019.

  1. mark ant

    mark ant Canelo was never athletic Full Member

    May 4, 2017
    I feel George beat better and bigger fighters than Dempsey did, Norton and Frazier were smaller than Willard but far better as was Chuvalo, but which of these bangers was better overall inthe ring?
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  2. The Undefeated Lachbuster

    The Undefeated Lachbuster I check this every now and then Full Member

    Jul 18, 2018
    Dempsey was the better student of the sweet science but Foreman was the overall better fighter due to his sheer brute force and granite chin
  3. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Mar 3, 2019
  4. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Mar 3, 2019
    Yeah this is more of a statement than an opinion
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  5. KernowWarrior

    KernowWarrior Bob Fitzsimmons much bigger brother. Full Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    I would say Dempsey was the better all round fighter, however in a match up i see Foremans size and power being too much for Dempsey, though if it got taken into second half of fight may be Foremans stamina might be found wanting.
  6. ETM

    ETM I thought I did enough to win. Full Member

    Mar 19, 2012
  7. Seamus

    Seamus Proud Kulak Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
  8. Hookandjab

    Hookandjab Well-Known Member Full Member

    Feb 19, 2014
  9. swagdelfadeel

    swagdelfadeel Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 30, 2014
    Dempsey (though Foreman is greater)
  10. KasimirKid

    KasimirKid Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jun 1, 2018
    I'll dodge your question by saying that I think Dempsey advanced the art of fighting more than Foreman did. To support my argument, I submit Dempsey's little tome, "Championship Fighting -- Explosive Punching and Aggressive Defense." As I understand it, the book was based on 50 pages handwritten by Dempsey himself and then made ready for publication with the help of sportswriter Jack Cuddy. I also refer readers to pages 89 to 93 of volume one of The One Is Jack Hurley trilogy. The volume's subtitle is Son of Fargo.
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  11. he grant

    he grant Historian/Film Maker Full Member

    Jul 15, 2008
    First of all you have a skill for making simple questions confusing .. if I have your question right, I'd say P4P Dempsey was the much better fighter but H2H I'd have to favor George but give Jack a shot ..
  12. The Morlocks

    The Morlocks Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Nov 21, 2009
  13. catchwtboxing

    catchwtboxing Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Probably the one thing you have written that I agree with.
  14. Ted Stickles

    Ted Stickles Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jun 24, 2007
  15. Bummy Davis

    Bummy Davis Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Aug 26, 2004
    Dangerous fight for both men- Dempsey was fast hit very hard and mean as a junkyard dog. Young Foreman was a beast -flawed- and lacking stamina - make no mistake Dempsey had hands of stone was mean and quick - this would be a shootout and IMO not last 5 - could go either way

    Foreman's comeback enforced his career and it was impressive- however the older version loses to a prime Dempsey....The younger version more dangerous but also vulnerable this fight - Prime Dempsey also a beast

    Foreman had the longer impressive record but a lot of cannon fodder mixed in with impressive wins - Dempsey inactivity - Foreman more impressive resume but head to head prime I may favor Dempsey -shootout- 5 rounds most
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