Would Tyrell Biggs have been more successful if he had more power in his punches?

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  1. drronnie

    drronnie Member Full Member

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    Many were considering Tyrell Biggs to be similar in style to Muhammad Ali however Biggs never made its past being a formidable amateur boxer but lacked the ko power in the professional heavy weight division. I think if Biggs had more snap in his punches he may have fared better against Tyson
     
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  2. GOAT Primo Carnera

    GOAT Primo Carnera Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Biggs had as low power in his punches as Ali had. Why not compare here? Ali didn´t need more power to mess up his opponents, at least the little guys from the 60s.
    Next to other tall guys, Biggs could move well. His problem was he´d get hit in between anyway. Difference between Ali and his impersonators is that
    1) Ali could move and punch effectively
    2) Keep up the movement long enough and consistent to not get tagged big in between
     
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  3. mark ant

    mark ant Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Ali was better than Briggs in every department.
     
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  4. mark ant

    mark ant Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    He never had Ali`s chin or his ability to adapt to his opponent, no way could he have done the rope a dope v Foreman power punches or not.
     
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  5. PernellSweetPea

    PernellSweetPea Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    anyone with more power will do better. This is boxing, but will it take away from something else. In Biggs case. A lot of his speed was made by not fully committing and pulling his punches out so he wouldnt be countered.
     
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    Titan1 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    It would've helped.
     
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  7. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Biggs needed to do more than set down on his punches to improve. He lacked in the durability department and had shaky defense. His devotion to training could have been better as well.
     
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    Glass City Cobra Well-Known Member Full Member

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    You can give a car a brand new set of tires, an oil change, new brake pads, and a new alternator, but if the driver is bad it won't make a difference in the long run.

    Biggs was not dedicated to his craft. Like a lot of guys in the 80's and 90's, he had so much talent and could have been a world champ with hard work and focus. Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol derailed his career despite looking so promising in the amateurs. Point being, adding a little more power wouldn't have changed anything unless Biggs changed himself. He was talented enough as evidenced by winning a gold medal and having the athleticism to help his High school basketball team win 68 games and his style wasn't centered around punching power anyway. He had very leaky defense and his lateral movement, while good, was fairly predictable and not too hard to time or corner him.
     
  9. Sangria

    Sangria You bleed like Mylee Full Member

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    Tyrell Biggs to me was the biggest waste of talent that I've seen in boxing. Dude could move and box and did have some power to boot, but if he had more power he could've been extremely dangerous. He had some damn good skills and used the ring well. His stamina, chin and addictions were difficult to overcome.
     
  10. BoxingDialogue

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    Didn’t he have a drug problem?
     
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    GOAT Primo Carnera Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Have you guys seen the Mason fight? What a bizarre fight with an even more bizarre stoppage....
     
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  12. Unforgiven

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    Biggs's problem was getting hit too much. In theory, being 6'5 and having an 83 inch reach and skipping around the ring like a kangaroo and flicking out a nice jab sounds great ........ but every time he stepped in the ring with someone half-decent he took a bit of a beating.

    Yeah, more power would have helped. But his flaw was his defense.
     
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  13. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

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    Biggs seemed to always bring the best out of everyone he fought. He was talented. He was brave.. but he always seemed to get too involved in the other guys fight.

    You can have all the talent and punching power in the world but if your not preventing the other guy from doing what he wants to do to you then every fight is harder than it should be.

    It was crazy. Guys that usually didn’t always want to win would want to win against Biggs. They would fancy the job because Biggs would fight their kind of fight.

    Biggs could look in shape. He could look like he was really digging deep. But he just never was the boss man in there. And he had the tools to do it.
     
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  14. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    He was a very good world class amateur. That doesn't always translate into the professional ranks though .
    I don't think he was "wasted talent". World Champion and Olympic Champion in the amateurs. A top 10 contender in the professionals. Those are good achievements. Sometimes there's too much hype and 'expectation' attached to Olympic champions and what they should achieve in the pros.
     
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  15. Glass City Cobra

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    I don't think anyone is claiming he could have been a top 5 ATG or a h2h monster, just that his career could have gone a little better had he dedicated himself to boxing, worked on defense and his drug problems. You can't possibly think he'd turn out exactly the same.
     


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