Would Prime Louis Have Stopped 90s Foreman??

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  1. Fergy

    Fergy Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Can we picture it, Joe Louis at his best, I'd say around 1938.
    Facing off against the brick building, monster punching, former champ George Foreman,
    the one who's just gone the distance with Holyfield.
    Question is not does Louis beat him, but can he actually ko /stop him?
     
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  2. PhillyPhan69

    PhillyPhan69 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Probably....over 15 I would say yes. Over 12 rounds as per the 90’s era more like 50/50. Either way Louis gets his hand raised
     
  3. dinovelvet

    dinovelvet Antifanboi Full Member

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    The only thing Louis has raised is his head , clean off his levator scapula
     
  4. Boxing2019

    Boxing2019 If you want peace, prepare war. Full Member

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    No man on the Earth of the past and the present could have floored old Foreman. Too big, too chinned, too full of Holy Spirit.

    But more than one could have beaten him for decision.
     
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  5. The Morlocks

    The Morlocks Boxing Junkie banned Full Member

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    Prime Louis stops ANYONE he hits. And he hits anyone he fights.
     
  6. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    There’s a strong chance of that yes. Foreman would have made an easy target for the fast and accurate combinations of Louis
     
  7. BCS8

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    I'm not sure. Louis has the firepower but Foreman is going to also be doing stuff to him. It could be that Louis tastes the power early and decides that maybe doing it on points is wiser.
     
  8. Glass City Cobra

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    Yeah, I can't see him staying in front of Foreman, getting nailed by an uppercut, and thinking it's a good idea to continuing staying right in front of him. No one really chose to do this on purpose, well, except Moorer and we know how that ended.

    It's certainly within the realm of possibility given Louis' blend of explosive power, hand speed, and accuracy, but the chances are very slim. Given his shaky chin and weakness to right hands, the more likely scenario is Louis gets dropped rather than the other way around and plays it safe. 90's Foreman doesn't gas out and could have very tight defense with his cross arm block when hurt. I don't think he gives Louis the opportunity even if he does get nailed by a powerful combination.
     
  9. CharlieFirpo85

    CharlieFirpo85 New Member Full Member

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    HAHAHA made my day.

    Tony: "Our sparring partners are better"
    Moorer: "Hold my belt"
     
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  10. janitor

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    I find this highly implausible, given that Jimmy Young floored him in his prime.
     
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  11. Boxing2019

    Boxing2019 If you want peace, prepare war. Full Member

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    Old Foremans chin and stamina were better than when he was young.
     
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  12. janitor

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    That is impossible.
     
  13. Boxing2019

    Boxing2019 If you want peace, prepare war. Full Member

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    Young Foreman was dropped by Ali and Young (not properly two big punchers). Imo he would have been dropped both by Holyfield and Morrison who had heavier hands than Ali and Young.

    Not old Foreman.
     
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  14. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Obviously not.

    Chins don't get better with age, they only get worse.
     
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  15. Boxing2019

    Boxing2019 If you want peace, prepare war. Full Member

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    Right for 90% of fighters. Old Foreman is a separate case.

    Holyfield, Cooney, Morrison and Briggs hit him with clean punches.

    Holyfield hits hard enough to drop Tyson, Bowe and Mercer, and he hit Foreman with 10+ power punches in a row.

    Briggs is very hard hitter (ask Lewis, Mercer and Lyakhovich).

    Morrison and Cooney both have one of the hardest left hooks ever.
     
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