Why haven't we seen an all time great southpaw heavyweight?

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  1. dmt

    dmt Hardest hitting hw ever Full Member

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    Why haven't we seen an all time great southpaw heavyweight? The closest anyone has come is Moorer. Perhaps i am forgetting someone but i believe all of the true ATG's were orthodox fighters.

    Is it simply because southpaws in general are exceedingly rate?
     
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  2. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Rocky Balboa was a southpaw although he showed the ability to switch orthodox in the Creed rematch.

    Some say his opponents after winning the title were hand-picked, but I think he showed in Creed II, Lang II and the Drago fight that he could hang with the best.
     
  3. Dubblechin

    Dubblechin Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Left-handed heavyweights have historically been taught to fight in the orthodox stance.

    Jim Corbett was left handed. So was Jim Jeffries. But they fought out of the right-handed stance.
     
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  4. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I would like to see a Clubber Lang vs Ivan Drago match, Foreman vs Frazier?
     
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  5. William Walker

    William Walker Active Member Full Member

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    cuz people avoid southpaws, except the bum ones
     
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  6. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Very true, a southpaw was like poison to fight managers, they kept their fighters away from them at any cost.
     
  7. dmt

    dmt Hardest hitting hw ever Full Member

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    Drago would have won the rematch though
     
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  8. dmt

    dmt Hardest hitting hw ever Full Member

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    I wonder if they could have been even better in their natural stance
     
  9. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Balboa won rematches against Creed and Lang. Mason Dixon ducked him after escaping their first fight with a win and wanted no more.
     
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  10. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Maybe Tyson vs Drago? Lol
     
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  11. InMemoryofJakeLamotta

    InMemoryofJakeLamotta Boxing Addict Full Member

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    We did see an ATG southpaw. We saw Michael Moorer.
     
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  12. janitor

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    There are probably more switch hitters in the cannon than people realize.
     
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    AwardedSteak863 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I'm really interested in seeing more of Uysk at heavyweight. I have seen all of his Cruiserweight fights and he is one if the more impressive fighters that I have seen in a long while in the upper weight classes. Outside of him, Moorer, Byrd, Sanders, and Sultan were all very good but not great southpaw heavies.
     
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