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Stoppage
10-07-2009, 02:20 PM
Can you guys name me any great boxers who were also into heavy weightlifting?

Primarily from lightweight to light heavyweight.

Thanks in advance.

TheGreatA
10-07-2009, 02:45 PM
Not necessarily a great boxer but I know that George Chuvalo lifted weights and still does at 70 years of age.

STILL_DETOX
10-07-2009, 02:46 PM
tyson, holyfield

TheGreatA
10-07-2009, 02:49 PM
tyson, holyfield

I don't think Tyson did until post-prison.

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GreatRubdini
10-07-2009, 02:50 PM
Shannon Briggs

Stoppage
10-07-2009, 02:57 PM
Are there any in some lower weight classes?

sonnyboyx2
10-07-2009, 03:12 PM
Mike Tyson could benchpress 500lbs

Benncollinsaad
10-07-2009, 03:27 PM
Frank Bruno!:eek: He looked like a weightlifter all his career. I've read an article on him where somebody said he came to the gym and would just lift weights all day long. The man was a beast! Oddly enough it didn't help him against Tyson...

Eric Holder
10-07-2009, 05:05 PM
Sugar Shane Mosley

Joey Giardello
10-07-2009, 06:31 PM
I fight at middledweight i lift alot of weights, also kosta tszyu and vic darcityan lift weights both are freakishly strong in the weight room i believe, also terry norriss could bench press 350 pound i think

RightCross94
10-07-2009, 06:38 PM
Virtually every good fighter in the last 20 years uses weights. As long as you use them properly, they not only increase your strength and power but speed too.

Tszyu, Mosley, and Darchinyan are all known for being exceptionally strong in the weights room. In fact I have read Darchinyan, who last fought at 118 lbs, can bench 250 lbs

MonsieurGeorges
10-07-2009, 06:43 PM
Franco Columbu was an amatuer boxer, 4 time mr.olympia, powerlifting champion of europe, and benched 525 at 5 foot 5 180lbs.
http://www.fitnesshealthzone.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/franco-columbu.jpghttp://images.tmuscle.com/forum_images/b/d/bd1ff-FrancoColumbu_96.jpg

here he is hanging with arnold back in the day
http://www.sportowiec.org/wp-content/uploads/image/Treningi/w***322;ókna%20bia***322;e.jpg

RockyB
10-07-2009, 06:45 PM
Mike Tyson could benchpress 500lbs

for real? :o

MonsieurGeorges
10-07-2009, 06:47 PM
for real? :o

no ****in way

Dynamite Kid
10-07-2009, 07:04 PM
Virtually every good fighter in the last 20 years uses weights. As long as you use them properly, they not only increase your strength and power but speed too.

Tszyu, Mosley, and Darchinyan are all known for being exceptionally strong in the weights room. In fact I have read Darchinyan, who last fought at 118 lbs, can bench 250 lbs


No offence but id put money on that not being true, not calling you! a liar though.

Ive seen guys in the gym that were 195lbs who could not lift that much, that is a lot!! of weight for a guy that size, he would be a lot more muscled than he is or heavier if he could do that.

I used to bench press 115KG myself max, but i was 168lbs at the time. If you went down the gym you would be hard pressed to find a guy that size who could lift that much without being on the gear, trust me.

RightCross94
10-07-2009, 08:50 PM
No offence but id put money on that not being true, not calling you! a liar though.

Ive seen guys in the gym that were 195lbs who could not lift that much, that is a lot!! of weight for a guy that size, he would be a lot more muscled than he is or heavier if he could do that.

I used to bench press 115KG myself max, but i was 168lbs at the time. If you went down the gym you would be hard pressed to find a guy that size who could lift that much without being on the gear, trust me.

I dunno, just read it. I wouldn't doubt it, Vic is a strong muthafuka

LondonRingRules
10-07-2009, 10:00 PM
Franco Columbu was an amatuer boxer, 4 time mr.olympia, powerlifting champion of europe, and benched 525 at 5 foot 5 180lbs.
http://www.fitnesshealthzone.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/franco-columbu.jpghttp://images.tmuscle.com/forum_images/b/d/bd1ff-FrancoColumbu_96.jpg

here he is hanging with arnold back in the day
http://www.sportowiec.org/wp-content/uploads/image/Treningi/w***322;ókna%20bia***322;e.jpg

** Columbu was the real deal in the day and was a talented boxer. In his projected weight class, he probably did much better financially and healthwise turning body builder although I can't imagine those steroids did his health any favors.

Strongest man to EVER put on the gloves is Paul Anderson, finishing his career at 2-1, 2 KO. Here's the account of his last bout: Anderson knocked Tondo down 3 times, but ran out of gas. The Ring, July, 1960, page 58

Anderson was 5-9, 300-350 lbs and set all manner of state, national, world powerlift and Olympic lift records in the late 50s-60s. and holds the record for the most weight lifted, a half dead lift of some 1200+ lbs. Likely he could take one of these cheap import trucks and roll up the back of the cab with his bare hands. Got a wild hair at age 27 and boxed for a couple of months.

Believe Rahman is on record as benching 500-550lbs. Weights are used in boxing now, but I assumed the question pertained to weight lifters who were boxers or vice versa, and most weight training in boxing ain't traditional lifting.

Think Mosley competed in some powerlift tourneys, and guys like Too Tall Jones and the like would have lifted prodigious amounts. Don't think Valuev lifts much if any, but the guy can throw around 200-230 lb fighters like rag dolls when he gets off his boxing discipline in a manner suggestive of Andre the Giant.

Dynamite Kid
10-07-2009, 10:03 PM
I dunno, just read it. I wouldn't doubt it, Vic is a strong muthafuka

If you had weight trained on regular basis you would know its extremely doubtful believe me.

I worked out with a guy who was on steroids he was only benching 120/130lbs, he worked out 5 times a week occasionally, he also had 6 stone on Darchinyan.

Dynamite Kid
10-07-2009, 10:09 PM
Believe Rahman is on record as benching 500-550lbs. Weights are used in boxing now, but I assumed the question pertained to weight lifters who were boxers or vice versa, and most weight training in boxing ain't traditional lifting.


No offence but this is pure fantasy.


Ive worked out for years and been to many gyms and ive never!! seen anyone bench press 200kg+, let alone a Boxer who does not use steroids.

There is no way in the world Rahman can bench that, no way!

blaze778
10-07-2009, 10:20 PM
If you had weight trained on regular basis you would know its extremely doubtful believe me.

I worked out with a guy who was on steroids he was only benching 120/130lbs, he worked out 5 times a week occasionally, he also had 6 stone on Darchinyan.

Back in my high school PE days, there's was a wrestling star who competed at 140 lbs. and I saw him max 280 lbs. But he was built and stocky for a guy 5'6". So while I it's very possible for a guy Darchinyan's size to lift over 250 lbs, I don't think he can based on his physique. Could be wrong, but I just don't see it.

blaze778
10-07-2009, 10:22 PM
If you had weight trained on regular basis you would know its extremely doubtful believe me.

I worked out with a guy who was on steroids he was only benching 120/130lbs, he worked out 5 times a week occasionally, he also had 6 stone on Darchinyan.

Back in my high school PE days, there's was a wrestling star who competed at 140 lbs. and I saw him max 280 lbs. But he was built and stocky for a guy 5'6". So while I it's very possible for a guy Darchinyan's size to lift over 250 lbs, I don't think he can based on his physique. Could be wrong, but I just don't see it.

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masta
10-07-2009, 10:37 PM
Timothy Bradley lifts weights.

RightCross94
10-07-2009, 11:05 PM
If you had weight trained on regular basis you would know its extremely doubtful believe me.

I worked out with a guy who was on steroids he was only benching 120/130lbs, he worked out 5 times a week occasionally, he also had 6 stone on Darchinyan.

I use weights, but not in conventional "pumping iron" sorts of ways, stuff like medicine ball throws, explosive stuff with varying weights, various circuit exercises etc

But obviously I can't confirm or deny anything, I might try and dig up the article for you

JAB5239
10-08-2009, 03:45 AM
for real? :o

I have read that when he was 14 he could bench 300. I doubt he gets 500, but it wouldn't shock me if it were true.

Czarek
10-08-2009, 05:57 AM
tommy morrison

Dynamite Kid
10-08-2009, 06:28 AM
Back in my high school PE days, there's was a wrestling star who competed at 140 lbs. and I saw him max 280 lbs. But he was built and stocky for a guy 5'6". So while I it's very possible for a guy Darchinyan's size to lift over 250 lbs, I don't think he can based on his physique. Could be wrong, but I just don't see it.



Thats possible though. 140 is a significantly bigger than 115lbs.

I have a friend who was 140 lbs and he could bench press over 100kg, but he worked on a regular basis and his physique looked like he was capable of lifting that kind of weight, he was very heavily muscled, where is Darchinyan's muscle? the guy has a pigeon chest, if he worked out his chest would be a lot more defined and bigger.

Yaman
10-08-2009, 06:58 AM
mariusz pudjanovski has actually boxed. That's good enough for me.

Benncollinsaad
10-08-2009, 08:09 AM
If KIMBO starts boxing, then he will be the most muscular boxer in history!:D