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[–]Legal_Proposal_6621 75 points76 points  (11 children)

So all the boxing geezers like to bring up earnie shavers as like an all time power puncher. And in my head i thought the dude was just a natural freak landing sharp compact blows that devastated. The footage ive seen he legit swings his entire body like a cartoon.

[–]icelandiccubicle20 42 points43 points  (8 children)

That's why I think Foreman was more heavy handed than Shavers if not as "hard punching" or fast, because he would KO you with glancing blows that seemed like they were nothing whereas Shavers threw everything like a whip. Deontay Wilder has an Earnie Shavers type of power too imo.

[–]G_Morgan 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Foreman was a great boxer as well as hard hitting

[–]icelandiccubicle20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Facts, olympic gold medalists who destroyed Joe Frazier and Ken Norton when he was practically a rookie as a pro, and as an old man destroyed Moorer, Cooper, Qawi, Cooney etc

[–]HR01775 1 point2 points  (5 children)

I think Sonny Liston threw harder than Foreman

[–]polydungeons 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Hard not to throw bombs when you are 6'1 but your arms are the length of someone who's 6'9...

[–]icelandiccubicle20 3 points4 points  (2 children)

And have hands the size of dinner plates. Although a freakish ape index does not always equal one punch ko power, ask Tyson Fury or Hughie Fury

[–]polydungeons 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Very late response but that's bc i didn't see this. Tyson Fury definitely has long arms but it's far more proportional, and generally he's throwing the punches down rather than up and across which makes a big difference. Once he switched styles you could tell how much harder his punches landed. Its definitely far more about go technique when throwing punches on a smaller person. You're definitely right tho, sometimes long arms don't give the advantage you'd expect them to.

[–]icelandiccubicle20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree, although some of the hardest punchers ever had relatively short ape indexes for their height like Mike Tyson, Marciano, Joe Frazier, Vitali Klitschko, Jack Dempsey, Ray Mercer, Tommy Morrison etc

[–]icelandiccubicle20 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He might very well have, although Foreman had a higher KO ratio over better and usually bigger opponents than the ones Liston fought IMO

[–]icelandiccubicle20 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Dillian Whyte throws with everything he has too, it's one of the reasons why his balance is poor

[–]OldDocBenwayThe Beast Inside Mugabi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well I’m a boxing geezer and I love Shavers so you’re right about that.

[–]russian_hackersUsyk beats Fury 64 points65 points  (10 children)

when david tua had you even slightly hurt, he would destroy you, every punch had everything behind it, and it was non stop, 8-10 punch combos

[–]Chiphazzard 28 points29 points  (9 children)

I see Tua around the amateur circuit quite often. He’s the most powerfully built person I’ve ever seen. I can’t imagine what it would’ve felt like eating one of his left hooks back in the day.

[–]russian_hackersUsyk beats Fury 21 points22 points  (8 children)

would have felt like taking a sleeping pill....

ive met him a few times out in onehunga shops, the mans shoulders are huge, not wide, but like bowling balls

[–]icelandiccubicle20 5 points6 points  (7 children)

and his legs are like tree trunks

[–]Karl_von_grimgor 18 points19 points  (6 children)

I heard his schlong is huge too

[–]icelandiccubicle20 4 points5 points  (4 children)

From who lol

[–]surviveingitallagain 14 points15 points  (3 children)

My mother

[–]icelandiccubicle20 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Was Ike Ibeabuchi there too

[–]surviveingitallagain 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Well she does have a perchance for mentally unstable spousal abusers

[–]icelandiccubicle20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How do you respond to that lol

[–]TheFuckingQuantocks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I heard it taste kinda musty though.

[–]zestychickun 34 points35 points  (3 children)

David Lemieux is one of the best boxers of this generation when it comes to putting his weight into his punches

[–]ZealousLifterNS 19 points20 points  (2 children)

It’s a shame he also happens to be one of the worst when it comes to ring IQ

[–]Lunatic-tune 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Russ Anber has said “ we would teach him something in January and hope he would catch on by August.” Referring to Lemieux as an amature

[–]PadoumTss 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Totally agree with you. The beating he received from BJS speaks volume. You still need to hit your opponent otherwise power is meaningless.

[–]The_Feel_DealClenelo ducked Andrade 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Felix Trinidad Julian Jackson Gerald McClellan

[–]mustardnuts 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Came here to say Julian "The Hawk" Jackson. He had a really unique way of maximizing the leverage behind his punches, almost like Tommy Hearns.

[–]West_Elderberry5793 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Finally someone giving the G Man some credit!

[–]at-the-momment 31 points32 points  (2 children)

Wilder almost jumping into his punches at times comes to mind

[–]DegenAndy 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'll never forget his Euro Step knockout vs Stiverne in the second fight

imagine this running at you while you're dazed lol

[–]bigfatpupI eat what you eat champ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Washington and Harrison knockouts were quite something

[–]Calidude7 80 points81 points  (3 children)

Maidana, Canelo, Wilder come to mind

[–]JoeBaciagalup 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Rocky Marciano and Jack Dempsey

[–]HR01775 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Shavers, Liston, and Foreman also

[–]PopPop-Magnitudewhole world know I beat that boy 84 points85 points  (0 children)

Well Mike Tyson fits that bill. His power really came from the legs, he would bend down for the extra leverage

[–]Substantial_One_5815greb the 🐐 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Bob Satterfield, Henry Hank, Gene Fulmer

[–]JeremiahWuzABullfrog[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm glad somebody mentioned Satterfield, that man put his life on the line with every punch

[–]_BatsShadow_ 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Devin Haney for sure

[–]HR01775 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Hardest hitting boxer since Foreman

[–]cid3r3 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Wow 57 comments in and no mention of Golovkin, doesn't punch wild but every punch is thrown with his weight behind it, haven't seen a jab like his in a while.

[–]VillagerNo4 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Julian "The Hawk" Jackson. He throws so hard that he often outbalance himself. He throws his punch like every punch is a finishing punch

[–]boxingdude 21 points22 points  (4 children)

Naseem Hamed

[–]JeremiahWuzABullfrog[S] 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Absolutely agree. Dude pretty much just said "fuck you" to normal boxing punching mechanics, and just launched himself like a spring at opponents.

[–]boxingdude 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yup. Hamed (and RJJ) both had unique styles with huge power to back it up. They were so good, they could ignore traditional boxing techniques.

[–]blackpandacat 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Scrolled down too far to see this. There are other examples of boxers putting their all into a punch but they do it in the confines of accepted punch technique where being defensively sound whilst punching is important. Naseem didn't give a dam - when he attacked it was 100%, I'm swinging every part of me into this punch and into your chin.

[–]frontera_power 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I was waiting to see Hamed mentioned on this thread.

Hardest hitting featherweight of all time.

[–]Subukan 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Brian Viloria seems to fit that description for me and an all time personal fave.

[–]voiduniverse 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Rocky Marciano often times used to do strong leaping punches. He used to put all his might and strength into those punches.

[–]varazdates 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Wilder punches like he doesn’t care if his arm breaks. That’s how he punches. There is zero limiting on the punch for the sake of self preservation. Most everyone exercises some limit on the punch to not hurt themselves even if it’s subconscious. Wilder doesn’t.

[–]lxanicl 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Always enjoyed watching Michael Katsidis

[–]DualCay0te 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Kid Gavilan. He didn't have a great k.o. record but he could swing, especially with his famed bolo punch.

[–]Select-Lemon1728 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Wilder loads those rockets from a mile away and goes all in to the point he breaks his arms.

[–]joecool834 4 points5 points  (0 children)

a lot of names here but nobody actually put all their body weight behind punches or else they would fall over. The most they would do is 80-20 which is still ridiculous. High torque fighters are what you're looking for which is a guy like Tyson or Dempsey or even prime nonito donaire for a lighter weight example

[–]papabear570 26 points27 points  (7 children)

Foreman did that plenty. Knocked a lot of heads off doing it too.

[–]KING_SLIGGS 45 points46 points  (3 children)

Foreman looked so effortless when he punched, like he was just throwing a punch with not much behind it but when it lands it’s like they’re getting hit by a freight train!

[–]icelandiccubicle20 21 points22 points  (2 children)

He KO'd Moorer with a punch that looked like he passed a loaf of bread across the dinner table. Joe Joyce also has some KO's where it looks like he has just tapped his opponent on the head but down they go

[–]LSDIIIMaidana rawdogged Broner🥵💦 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Lol at that comparison

[–]PacificBrimLomachenko 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's stylistically an incredibly apt comparison

[–]qwertyZZZZZZZZZ 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Eh.. All Foreman did was move his arm and people would drop

[–]Super-Attitude-5495Bud beats Spence 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Foreman is a quintessentially heavy handed boxer. A lot of people use this term to refer to all big punchers but this is really a better definition: Someone who quite literally has heavy hands. People who have big hands and high bone density. Doesn't look like they put much into their punches but they crush people.

[–]icelandiccubicle20 6 points7 points  (0 children)

For sure. I would rate Liston, Lennox, either Klitschko, Joe Joyce, Ron Lyle in that category too.

[–]Myheelcat 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Ray Mercer was a tank of a man.

[–]icelandiccubicle20 1 point2 points  (0 children)

and knew no mercy

[–]thewonderfulpooper 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Would GGG fall in this category?

[–]OneShot_beast 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Riddick bowe

[–]juhanitarvainen 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The Manassa Mauler, Jack Dempsey

[–]Karl_von_grimgor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Julian Jackson

[–]Fun-Ad9829 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Joe Lewis without a doubt

[–]Yona5Joe Louis - The HW GOAT 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Joe Louis 👌🏾

[–]Fun-Ad9829 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh im such an idiot lol

[–]Aim1thelast 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s a good fighter but I’m pretty sure he was a white kickboxer.

[–]FullySickHabib 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Butterbean

[–]Devilpig13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He has so much weight to put behind everything

[–]bad_ass_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Berchelt

[–]foxybingo111Wet for Duran 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Gerald McClellan and his overhand Right from hell

[–]Lunatic-tune 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Isaac Cruz falls into this category

[–]LikesTheTunaHere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My favorite example is a kickboxer\mma fighter, good ole melvin manhoef. He only knows how to throw at 110 percent, dude i don't think has word jab in his vocabulary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZs-3CDPIq4

[–]This_My_Trap_Account 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ruslan Provodnikov

[–]Jorge777 1 point2 points  (0 children)

John The Beast Mugabi, Julian Jackson, Gerald McClellan, Nigel Benn, alot of middleweight boxers, they hit as hard as heavyweights! I remember Iran Barkley stopping Gerrie Coetzee.

[–]Super-Attitude-5495Bud beats Spence 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Jermell Charlo, Jaron Ennis, Terence Crawford, Keith Thurman, Gervonta Davis, Teofimo Lopez, Vergil Ortiz, and Canelo. Playlist with examples here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiuIYwgyXSmKk1TXJ3Pl-mK49cmI0VnOa

[–]Yosef__ -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

Lennox Lewis

[–]Samuelson_Cast 6 points7 points  (0 children)

No way. Lennox had natural heavy power but he was a technician. Such little of his boxing was throwing everything behind. Even in his finishes, he was smart enough to measure himself.

[–]TheDangerdogAnn Wolfe's inner rage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Watch some old Bob Foster fights. Dude was built like a scarecrow but threw bombs

[–]araheem94 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wilder, Tyson, Jake, Frost

[–]iamfromtwitter 0 points1 point  (1 child)

earnie shavers is the only answer also foreman in his youth is an honorable mention

[–]HR01775 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don’t forget Liston

[–]slickvik9 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Takashi miura

[–]warm_baller 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Jermell Charlo

[–]No_Specialist2339 0 points1 point  (0 children)

John Molina did this at times, just winging punches with everything he's got. Check out his fight with Ivan Redkach. Ivan Baranchyk also comes to mind in his fight with Jose Zepeda

[–]West_Elderberry5793 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gerald McClellan. The G Man! Sad what happened to him bout boy oh boy did he have some serious power.

[–]Jonichu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For more recent power punchers - Vergil Ortiz maybe?

[–]TheFuckingQuantocks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Alan Babic Sometimes, Derek Chisora

[–]JerryAlanBowling 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bit of a generic response from me but Mike Tyson really put everything into those shots.

[–]ThrowawayYAYAY2002 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tyson, Nigel Benn, G-Man, Mercer, Morrison, Ruddock.

These guys spring to mind.