Why do we have weight classes?

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  1. Wass1985

    Wass1985 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    A few folk on here seem to have the opinion that size counts for very little in boxing which is baloney IMO.

    If what some claim is true then why do we have weight classes?
     
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  2. lufcrazy

    lufcrazy requiescat in pace Full Member

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    We have weight classes because in general a good big guy will beat a good little guy.

    It's why I have to laugh at these people thinking AJ will beat Miller.

    The guy is giving up 100 pounds in weight.

    That's Minimum weight to Heavyweight, and yet Joshua is somehow going to win?

    Please. Miller is gonna walk right through Joshua the same way Joshua would walk right through Amir Khan.

    Size matters.
     
  3. Wass1985

    Wass1985 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    But the thing is AJ will almost certainly beat Miller whereas Lomachenko would never beat AJ.

    Why do you think that is? AJ is good but Lomachenko is elite.
     
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    lufcrazy requiescat in pace Full Member

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    Well Lomachenko would never be sanctioned in a fight against Joshua so we'll never know.

    But I don't see AJ dealing with the punches or being able to hurt a man 100 pound heavier than he.
     
  5. Jel

    Jel Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I don't think people think size doesn't matter. When two equally skilled fighters meet, the bigger fighter will have a distinct advantage. It's just that a higher skill level of one fighter over another can sometimes (but not always) negate a size advantage.

    The old adage of a good big'un beats a good little'un holds true. But a good little'un could also beat an average big'un. I don't see a contradiction or problem with that logic.
     
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    BitPlayerVesti Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I don't know of anyone who thinks that.
     
  7. TBI

    TBI Member Full Member

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    There's quite a spectrum of relative power for a weight and chin for a weight. Same as speed.

    That's why there are so many opinions.
     
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  8. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Of course nobody is suggesting that size doesn't matter.

    What we are debating, is the extent to which it matters!
     
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  9. Wass1985

    Wass1985 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Silly beggar is pretending to think that but I know he's acting up.
     
  10. Wass1985

    Wass1985 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Well that's one thing we will never know.
     
  11. mrkoolkevin

    mrkoolkevin Doesn't believe the hype booted Full Member

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    I think they realize that size matters—they just think that some of the medium-sized (165-190lb) men of yesteryear were super heroes. The normal rules of athletics and physical activities don’t apply to those guys because they’re basically immortal. But other than that, they recognize that size matters.
     
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  12. Wass1985

    Wass1985 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    In other words they haven't taken off their rose tinted spectacles yet......
     
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  13. Wass1985

    Wass1985 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Here's the question though, why do you think Evander Holyfield lost to Lennox Lewis.

    That was a case of a great big'un against a great little'un.
     
  14. mark ant

    mark ant Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Doesn`t work that way because reach is a factor also, AJ punches powerful enough to knock anyone out and if this Miller is so big, ten he`s probably slow like Valuev who was 7'2 and lost to 6'3 Haye who was a former cruiser, by your logic Miller would beat every fighter that was ever the heavyweight champ of the world and Foreman would have beat Holyfield in 1990, even though he was far too slow carrying the extra weight, you need a great jab at heavyweight because it`s all about who can set up their power shots with the jab first.
     
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  15. mark ant

    mark ant Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Holy was advanced in years also, but yes Lewis benifitted greatly by being taller and longer than opponents often.
     
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