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McGoorty
09-29-2011, 04:02 AM
Great Fighters Who Had Phenomenal Reach.I have always been amazed by shortish fighters who had a reach many inches longer than their height. Thanks to one of our best posters who posted a nice link about Barbados Joe Walcott, a fighter who legendary KO ability. These guys are rare in this sport and are considered to be freaks, and I think that their incredible reach had a lot to do with their power. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I won't name a lot of guys who qualify for this thread but I will name Walcott and Langford to start with,these guy are not the only ones,...... I may give a prize to the clever one who names the most obvious name that I have not Named due to reasons of my own,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, It won't need Einstein..... LOL. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would really like some opinions of those of you who can explain the technical advantages of being a 5 ft 7 in high MW with a 6 ft 2 in reach........... especially those of you who have ring experience.......... New England, I know that you will shine on this thread mate, and you too JAB. --------------- :ghost::notworthy:notworthy

SCtrojansbaby
09-29-2011, 04:16 AM
Monzon
Lopez
Segura
Hearns

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 04:22 AM
Monzon
Lopez
Segura
Hearns
Can you post their height and reach measurements, obviously Hearns and Monzon had long arms, if they have longer reach than they were tall, that's the main thread of this thread, but not exclusively........ I have Hearns penned down, but I can't remember his statistics.

SCtrojansbaby
09-29-2011, 04:25 AM
just google it

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 04:40 AM
just google it
That's not the point, it's for ease of access, I post stuff like that all the time, and links, and videos and pictures...... This is about sharing information.... Man, you are on the internet.

JAB5239
09-29-2011, 04:46 AM
That's not the point, it's for ease of access, I post stuff like that all the time, and links, and videos and pictures...... This is about sharing information.... Man, you are on the internet.

I agree 100%.

rorymac
09-29-2011, 05:30 AM
Great Fighters Who Had Phenomenal Reach.I have always been amazed by shortish fighters who had a reach many inches longer than their height. Thanks to one of our best posters who posted a nice link about Barbados Joe Walcott, a fighter who legendary KO ability. These guys are rare in this sport and are considered to be freaks, and I think that their incredible reach had a lot to do with their power. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I won't name a lot of guys who qualify for this thread but I will name Walcott and Langford to start with,these guy are not the only ones,...... I may give a prize to the clever one who names the most obvious name that I have not Named due to reasons of my own,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, It won't need Einstein..... LOL. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would really like some opinions of those of you who can explain the technical advantages of being a 5 ft 7 in high MW with a 6 ft 2 in reach........... especially those of you who have ring experience.......... New England, I know that you will shine on this thread mate, and you too JAB. --------------- :ghost::notworthy:notworthy
Shane Mosley has a 74 inch reach at 5 foot 9, which is pretty impressive.

The longest heavyweight reach recorded was Julius LONG :lol1:, at 90 inches, but he definitely is not a great.

Primo Carnera's reach was 85.5 inches; again, not a great.

Now Sonny Liston was only 6 foot 1, but had an incredible reach of 84 inches. End thread??

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 11:15 AM
Shane Mosley has a 74 inch reach at 5 foot 9, which is pretty impressive.

The longest heavyweight reach recorded was Julius LONG :lol1:, at 90 inches, but he definitely is not a great.

Primo Carnera's reach was 85.5 inches; again, not a great.

Now Sonny Liston was only 6 foot 1, but had an incredible reach of 84 inches. End thread??
I don't want to be a nuisance, but I'm not good with inches, I can only think in figures like 6 ft 7 with 6 ft 2 reach,...... do you know which fighter fits those measurements ???. ----------------- Maths is not my strong point,... I've worked out that 6 ft 2 equals 74 inches, but I like things as easy as possible......... You could be the winner of a prize if you get it.

IronDanHamza
09-29-2011, 11:28 AM
Sonny Liston's reach was freakishly long especially for his height.

84" at 6 Ft 1 I believe.

Barn
09-29-2011, 11:31 AM
Shane Mosley has a 74 inch reach at 5 foot 9, which is pretty impressive.

The longest heavyweight reach recorded was Julius LONG :lol1:, at 90 inches, but he definitely is not a great.

Primo Carnera's reach was 85.5 inches; again, not a great.

Now Sonny Liston was only 6 foot 1, but had an incredible reach of 84 inches. End thread??
Hagler was also 5ft9 with a 75 reach.

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 12:20 PM
OK,.... nobody cares about the prize eh ????..... well I might just damn well buy all of you a prize (except for you know who), how do ya'll like them apples huh (or maybe a beer). ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is who we have so far colected -- Sonny Liston 6 ft 1 with 7 foot reach (11 inches* more than his height) ---- Les DARCY 5 ft 7 with 6 ft 2 reach (7 inches*) ---------- MARVELLOUS 5 ft 9 with 6 ft 3 reach (6 inches*) --- Shane Mosley 5 ft 9 with 6 ft 3 reach (6 inches*) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Names here that still do not have statistics posted yet are ;- Langford (virtually same as Darcy's), Barbados Joe Wallcott, Tommy Hearns, Carlos Monzon,..... Lopez ????. which one ??? and Segura ?, I don't think I know him. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I can tell you there are other greats still to mention who had arms like an Orang-Utan's........ So sorry Rory,... not end of thread, it's not a competition. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Any body got any technical things about the advantages of such reach,..... and does it necessarily mean they should have a killer punch, but most of them are true dynamite hitters,..... am I on to something, or is it already common knowledge ??..

rorymac
09-29-2011, 12:25 PM
I don't want to be a nuisance, but I'm not good with inches, I can only think in figures like 6 ft 7 with 6 ft 2 reach,...... do you know which fighter fits those measurements ???. ----------------- Maths is not my strong point,... I've worked out that 6 ft 2 equals 74 inches, but I like things as easy as possible......... You could be the winner of a prize if you get it.
Mosley: 5 foot 9 in height, 6 foot 2 reach.

Liston: 6 foot 1 in height, 7 foot reach.

Julius Long: 7 foot 1 in height, 7 foot 6 reach.

Liston definitely takes the prize.

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 12:30 PM
I don't want to be a nuisance, but I'm not good with inches, I can only think in figures like 6 ft 7 with 6 ft 2 reach,...... do you know which fighter fits those measurements ???. ----------------- Maths is not my strong point,... I've worked out that 6 ft 2 equals 74 inches, but I like things as easy as possible......... You could be the winner of a prize if you get it.
Julius Long eh... yeah not eligible, sounds to me like he needed a 150 inch reach.

rorymac
09-29-2011, 12:31 PM
OK,.... nobody cares about the prize eh ????..... well I might just damn well buy all of you a prize (except for you know who), how do ya'll like them apples huh (or maybe a beer). ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is who we have so far colected -- Sonny Liston 6 ft 1 with 7 foot reach (11 inches* more than his height) ---- Les DARCY 5 ft 7 with 6 ft 2 reach (7 inches*) ---------- MARVELLOUS 5 ft 9 with 6 ft 3 reach (6 inches*) --- Shane Mosley 5 ft 9 with 6 ft 3 reach (6 inches*) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Names here that still do not have statistics posted yet are ;- Langford (virtually same as Darcy's), Barbados Joe Wallcott, Tommy Hearns, Carlos Monzon,..... Lopez ????. which one ??? and Segura ?, I don't think I know him. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I can tell you there are other greats still to mention who had arms like an Orang-Utan's........ So sorry Rory,... not end of thread, it's not a competition. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Any body got any technical things about the advantages of such reach,..... and does it necessarily mean they should have a killer punch, but most of them are true dynamite hitters,..... am I on to something, or is it already common knowledge ??..
Common knowledge maybe, these fighters knew how to make leverage work to their advantage when punching. Think Hearns.

Then again, fighters with a short reach can be tremendous punchers too. Mike Tyson's reach was about 5 foot 11. Hatton has very short arms I think and he was a good bodypuncher. Marciano and Tua both had short reaches and incredible power.

Vadrigar.
09-29-2011, 12:40 PM
Panama Al Brown - Bantamweight

Height: 5'11''
Reach: 76''

http://www.teddybaldock.co.uk/images/gallery/Teddy%20and%20Panama%20Al%20Brown%201931%20weigh%2 0in_jpg.jpg

rorymac
09-29-2011, 12:42 PM
Panama Al Brown - Bantamweight

Height: 5'11''
Reach: 76''

http://www.teddybaldock.co.uk/images/gallery/Teddy%20and%20Panama%20Al%20Brown%201931%20weigh%2 0in_jpg.jpg
Haha great suggestion, his arms are almost down to his knees. Skinny guy, 5'11" and bantamweight? Jesus

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 12:43 PM
Common knowledge maybe, these fighters knew how to make leverage work to their advantage when punching. Think Hearns.

Then again, fighters with a short reach can be tremendous punchers too. Mike Tyson's reach was about 5 foot 11. Hatton has very short arms I think and he was a good bodypuncher. Marciano and Tua both had short reaches and incredible power.
Very true my friend, I think for every Liston or Les there are probably dozens of fighters with amazing reach who couldn't hit a hole through a marshmallow.... as Marciano showed it is how a guy puts his whole weight into a punch,.... but I suspect there is different techniques into hitting with power for the long reach boys. Hearns hit like he had a lead ball on the end of a chain type blow, whereas Rocky's couldn't work like that, Marciano compensated by using very short punches, sort of like a hydraulic piston.

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 12:47 PM
Panama Al Brown - Bantamweight

Height: 5'11''
Reach: 76''

http://www.teddybaldock.co.uk/images/gallery/Teddy%20and%20Panama%20Al%20Brown%201931%20weigh%2 0in_jpg.jpg
Panama Al Brown is one I expected to get from someone,.. lets see, that's 5 ft 11 with a 6 ft 4 reach (5 inches)................ time for RULE #2. Minimum required reach differential... at least 3 inches longer than fighters height.

goblin213
09-29-2011, 12:50 PM
Floyd Mayweather- ht: 5'8" reach: 72"
Marco A Barrera- ht: 5'6" reach: 70"

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 01:01 PM
Panama Al Brown is one I expected to get from someone,.. lets see, that's 5 ft 11 with a 6 ft 4 reach (5 inches)................ time for RULE #2. Minimum required reach differential... at least 3 inches longer than fighters height.
Thomas Hearns - 6 ft 1 with 6 ft 6 reach (5 inches*), --- Carlos Monzon - 5 ft 11 and a half inches with 6 ft 4 reach (4 and a half inches*) --- Sam Langford - 5 ft 6 and a half with 6 ft reach (5 and a half inches) ---- Barbados Joe Walcott 5 ft 1 and a half inches with 5 ft 5 reach (3 and a half inches*)..... and there are still some guys missing.

Brockton Lip
09-29-2011, 01:04 PM
body got any technical things about the advantages of such reach,..... and does it necessarily mean they should have a killer punch, but most of them are true dynamite hitters,..... am I on to something, or is it already common knowledge ??..

Good thread. Longer reach seems to give them a lot of leverage or torque which increases their power. And for your earlier question about a short fighter with a longer reach; that can be effective because it allows them to still box from far enough away while being a smaller target and avoiding close range uppercuts. The opponent will have to punch down typically which will create openings for the shorter oppponent.

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 01:04 PM
Floyd Mayweather- ht: 5'8" reach: 72"
Marco A Barrera- ht: 5'6" reach: 70"
Floyd Mayweather (4 inches*) --- Barrera (4 inches*)......... very good man.. keep 'em greats coming.

rorymac
09-29-2011, 01:13 PM
Floyd Mayweather (4 inches*) --- Barrera (4 inches*)......... very good man.. keep 'em greats coming.
Jess Willard? 6 foot 6 with 6 foot 11 reach?

rorymac
09-29-2011, 01:15 PM
Jess Willard? 6 foot 6 with 6 foot 11 reach?
And nobody has mentioned Paul Williams yet

Edit: Just looked at the first word in the thread title :lol1:

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 01:16 PM
Good thread. Longer reach seems to give them a lot of leverage or torque which increases their power. And for your earlier question about a short fighter with a longer reach; that can be effective because it allows them to still box from far enough away while being a smaller target and avoiding close range uppercuts. The opponent will have to punch down typically which will create openings for the shorter oppponent.
I won't pretend this thread isn't Darcy inspired, 7 inches extra reach, and he's very thick set in his build. Couple that with very quick feet and Chin,.... etc..... He was extremely hard to hit cleanly, and could land punches at a range where his opponent can't even reach him. His foot speed allowed him to get to where he really wanted to be,---- up real close and personal like...... Despite all that reach, Darcy was a great in-fighter and he could hit very hard with very short punches too, ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In those days the champions had to be good in-fighters, and good on the outside when needed,.... but most fights then ended up at close quarters.......... So my next question is, why are so many of these guys with great reach, ALSO GOOD AT CLOSE QUARTERS and CAN STILL HIT HARD THERE AS WELL........... Hearns again seems to fit this bill, he had a great short uppercut.

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 01:20 PM
Jess Willard? 6 foot 6 with 6 foot 11 reach?
Willard (5 inches*),.... mate, you are doing great,..... You are rigidly complying with RULE #2. ( lucky for you,... the penalty for breaking RULE #2 is...... DEATH.... Bwoooo-Ha-Ha_ha HAHHHHHHHHHHHHH.... ). RULE #2....... OHHHHHHH

dan_cov
09-29-2011, 02:24 PM
Struggling to think of 'greats' that haven't already been mentioned....

Gerald McClellan was barely 6ft with a 77" reach!

I know the great Marvin Hagler had a long reach for a shorter guy, very deceiving.

dan_cov
09-29-2011, 02:26 PM
Just checked Haglers stats.

Height - 5***8242; 9***8243; / 177cm
Reach - 75***8243; / 191cm

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 02:41 PM
Just checked Haglers stats.

Height - 5***8242; 9***8243; / 177cm (5 and a half inches*)
Reach - 75***8243; / 191cm

RULE #2 compliance... 5 stars.

BattlingNelson
09-29-2011, 02:55 PM
Sam Langford. 169 cm with 183 cm reach.

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 03:02 PM
George Dixon 5 ft 3 and a half inches With 5 ft 9 and a half inch reach (6 inches*) ----- YOU GUYS SHOULD KICK YOURSELVES FOR MISSING THE NEXT GUY---- MUHAMMAD ALI-6 ft 3 With 6 ft 8 reach (5 inches*). ----- George Foreman 6 ft 3 and a half inches with 6 ft 10 reach (6 and a half inch reach*...... that makes him #3. so far). ----- Ken Norton 6 ft 3 with 6 ft 8 reach (5 inches*).

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 03:12 PM
Sam Langford. 169 cm with 183 cm reach.
Already git him down buddy, but you went the centimetre rate..... almost Darcy's reach but not quite...... Gerald McClellan 6 ft With 6 ft 5 reach (5 inches*). So Far It's Liston #1 with 11 and a half inch differential..... Les Darcy #2 with 7 inches and #3 Goeorge Foreman just a half inch behind Darcy in the differential....... Obviously Darcy is much shorter so George is in front in that regard...... but the standard I'm using is fair to all weight divisions. Unless you want to put George in against Les head to head..... lol.

dan_cov
09-29-2011, 03:17 PM
Not sure you can class him as a 'great'
But Oliver McCall...
Height 6***8242; 2***8243;/ 188cm
Reach 82***8243;/ 208cm
(20cm = 7.874")
6'2" with a 6' 10'' reach!

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 03:21 PM
Already git him down buddy, but you went the centimetre rate..... almost Darcy's reach but not quite...... Gerald McClellan 6 ft With 6 ft 5 reach (5 inches*). So Far It's Liston #1 with 11 and a half inch differential..... Les Darcy #2 with 7 inches and #3 Goeorge Foreman just a half inch behind Darcy in the differential....... Obviously Darcy is much shorter so George is in front in that regard...... but the standard I'm using is fair to all weight divisions. Unless you want to put George in against Les head to head..... lol.
Here's an exact replica of Les Darcy, and new EQUAL SECOND.... Noah Brusso, "The Little Giant Of Hanover",.... you know his as TOMMY BURNS, 5 ft 7 with 6 ft 2 reach (7 inches* - equal second).

BattlingNelson
09-29-2011, 03:22 PM
Hardly a great fighter, but Bonecrusher Smith is up there with 193 cm and a reach of 208.

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 03:23 PM
Not sure you can class him as a 'great'
But Oliver McCall...
Height 6***8242; 2***8243;/ 188cm
Reach 82***8243;/ 208cm
(20cm = 7.874")
6'2" with a 6' 10'' reach!
Of course he's a great.... first boxer known to have cried during a ring bout. Firsts are always impressive.... He could really be a true pioneer.

BattlingNelson
09-29-2011, 03:26 PM
Paul Williams: 185 cm to 208 cm.

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 03:28 PM
Hardly a great fighter, but Bonecrusher Smith is up there with 193 cm and a reach of 208.
I can't relate to Height in terms of centimetres......... they were still teaching the Imperial system then...... But only Greats can be included, otherwise I can name a local boxer with almost world record reach...... but his record is something like 2 wins and 7 losses by KO.... and you may know a local orang-utan too,....... Otherwise we will go on forever..... can't believe everybody forgot to check ALI's stats.

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 03:30 PM
Paul Williams: 185 cm to 208 cm.
Owen Moran 5 ft 3 with 5 ft 7 reach (4 inches*)...... is Paul Williams a legit great ?

dan_cov
09-29-2011, 03:31 PM
I did think about Ali but I thought Liston & Holmes had longer reaches tbf & was slightly shorter.

In fact Steve Cunningham has a very long reach, i'll need to check the exact stats but I think he's like 6'2/3 & his reach is like 84" or something ridiculous.

BattlingNelson
09-29-2011, 03:34 PM
Owen Moran 5 ft 3 with 5 ft 7 reach (4 inches*)...... is Paul Williams a legit great ?
I don't know if you can say that. I suggest you ask No Ceilings (Burner). I'm sure he can tell you wheter Williams is a great or not. ;)

BattlingNelson
09-29-2011, 03:35 PM
I can't relate to Height in terms of centimetres......... they were still teaching the Imperial system then...... But only Greats can be included, otherwise I can name a local boxer with almost world record reach...... but his record is something like 2 wins and 7 losses by KO.... and you may know a local orang-utan too,....... Otherwise we will go on forever..... can't believe everybody forgot to check ALI's stats.
I cant relate to feet and inches lol. So illogical.

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 04:38 PM
I cant relate to feet and inches lol. So illogical.
WHAT !!!!!!!.... the English had it down pat simple mate,.... take their money for instance, there are/were Groats, Farthings, Shillings, the Throooooopence or Joey or sometimes a Thrup'ney bit, Pence, Pound, Nobles, a Tanner (or sixpence), a Quid, a Crown, a Half-Crown, a Florin, a Bob, a Hapney, the Guinea, The Soveriegn, the Half-Soveriegn...... much cooler than the Dollar and the cent, -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Don't panic, it's a very simple and VERY logical system..... Let's start with the pound, a Pound was made up of 20 Shillings, and a Shilling was worth 12 pennies (Illogical would be a number like 17), so one Pound was 240 pence (pennies), a Crown is 5 Shillings, a Half-Crown was 2 Shillings and 6 pence, a Bob was 1 Shilling, a Florin was 2 Shillings, a Tanner was 6 pence, a Joey was 3 pence, a Hapney was half a penny, a Farthing was a quarter of a Penny, a Guinea was very logical 1 Pound and 1 Shilling or if you like 21 Shillings, Soveriegn's were the old name for the pound but they were Gold... And the measurements were EVEN MORE LOGICAL............. Do you see the wonderful advantages of that system now ????.. I can see you will want Denmark to adopt that easy system immediately..... BTW,... how's Aussie Mary going ???... say G'day to her for me.

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 04:41 PM
I cant relate to feet and inches lol. So illogical.
And what's wrong with using the inchworm for our standard of measurement ???

BattlingNelson
09-29-2011, 04:50 PM
And what's wrong with using the inchworm for our standard of measurement ???
I use lbs for boxers weight. That's as far as I've gotten.

Mary is doing fine. Still pretty as hell.

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 05:18 PM
I cant relate to feet and inches lol. So illogical.
And remember the other day when you asked me if I was an Aussie ???.... Well I'd be 'appy to 'ave a chin wag with you about it, she'll be apples mate, but me mate's got some trouble with'is missus', you know, the old "trouble and Strife" (wife). 'E'll be waitin' fer the crows to come home 'e will, he's a real "bottler of a bloke" but. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------There's no beatin' around the bush with 'im (a bit like yerself mate, I dips me lid to ya), but as I said, 'e's got Buckleys chance with her, stone the crows what a cow, but she's got knockers that are as rare as hen's teeth, but Fair-Dinkum she's lower than a death adder's armpit, say's one thing, does t' other......... hang on a tick, I'm goin' twenty to the dozen, goin on about me mate's "ball n chain". -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I like a schooner of beer or two but you know if you drink to much of that stuff you develop the old "Awning above the toy shop", a lot of blokes with ankle biters have a beer gut problem, drown the ol' sorrows down to get away from the little buggers, then they end up as "mad as a cut snake", before the arvo is out. Battling nelson had "a head on him like a sucked out Mango", but when he went in the ring, he was "flat out like a lizard drinkin", I've 'ad a bonzer time chin waggin with ya mate, anyway I think I'll go and poach some "Cackle Berries", what else do you have with bacon, I ask yer, and I'm as dry as a 'Dead Nun's *u**", so I'd better wet me whistle first........... I suppose it's more logical than the old English Money system (even though it's simple). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By the way Bat, how on earth did you suss me as an Australian ?????..... it's not as though I write with an accent or anything......... or was it.

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 05:20 PM
I use lbs for boxers weight. That's as far as I've gotten.

Mary is doing fine. Still pretty as hell.
Oh, you'll have the old English money system down pat, what with my easy to follow guide an' all.

McGoorty
09-29-2011, 05:31 PM
Oh, you'll have the old English money system down pat, what with my easy to follow guide an' all.
Intelligent Australian Jokes #1, ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ AN OLD Australian WOMAN went to see her doctor, " Doc ", she said, " I want a hysterectomy ". The Doctor was amazed, " but Betty ", he said, "you are 83 years old, why do you want to have a hysterectomy ? ". " Because ", she said, "I've got 16 Grand-Children, and that's enough ".................... Intelligent Aussie #1.

New England
09-29-2011, 09:27 PM
Great Fighters Who Had Phenomenal Reach.I have always been amazed by shortish fighters who had a reach many inches longer than their height. Thanks to one of our best posters who posted a nice link about Barbados Joe Walcott, a fighter who legendary KO ability. These guys are rare in this sport and are considered to be freaks, and I think that their incredible reach had a lot to do with their power. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I won't name a lot of guys who qualify for this thread but I will name Walcott and Langford to start with,these guy are not the only ones,...... I may give a prize to the clever one who names the most obvious name that I have not Named due to reasons of my own,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, It won't need Einstein..... LOL. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would really like some opinions of those of you who can explain the technical advantages of being a 5 ft 7 in high MW with a 6 ft 2 in reach........... especially those of you who have ring experience.......... New England, I know that you will shine on this thread mate, and you too JAB. --------------- :ghost::notworthy:notworthy



to boil it down a bit and try and make simple a very dynamic process (for the purpose of discussion,) we can look at leverage in boxing like we look at it in other realms. the stars have to align to make a puncher, so there's obviously a lot more going on when a puncher is born.

longer and bigger levers are stronger
they have a greater potential for generating power and they facilitate more easily the generation of power (power is work/time. this is the snap in a power punch. strength / speed.)


now obviously this doesn't mean the longest fighter is guaranteed to be the biggest puncher
mike tyson was one one of the hardest punchers ever, and his reach usually gets listed at 71 inches (5'11.) very explosive puncher.
but longer and bigger guys do generally punch harder, and have an easer time generating power and have to work less do to it.

Thread Stealer
09-30-2011, 12:01 AM
Lennox Lewis: 6'5 with a 7 foot wingspan

ghns1133
09-30-2011, 12:17 AM
dempsey
6'1" with a 77" reach

McGoorty
09-30-2011, 12:33 PM
dempsey
6'1" with a 77" reach
Dempsey (4 inches*)........ thanks.

Tiozzo
09-30-2011, 12:44 PM
Herol Graham

not a great, but a decent fighter

6'0 tall, 77 inches of reach (6'5)

McCallum called him the best pure boxer he ever faced
I was surprised by that, but hey, the man said it

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Tiozzo
09-30-2011, 01:05 PM
to boil it down a bit and try and make simple a very dynamic process (for the purpose of discussion,) we can look at leverage in boxing like we look at it in other realms. the stars have to align to make a puncher.

longer and bigger levers are stronger
they have a greater potential for generating power and they facilitate more easily the generation of power (power is work/time. this is the snap in a power punch. strength / speed.)


now obviously this doesn't mean the longest fighter is guaranteed to be the biggest puncher
mike tyson was one one of the hardest punchers ever, and his reach usually gets listed at 71 inches (5'11.) very explosive puncher.
but longer and bigger guys do generally punch harder, and have an easer time generating power and have to work less do to it.

do you think there is a way to turn Paul Will into a puncher ? he lacks muscles and he doesn't sit on his punches enough, but what do you think ?

McGoorty
09-30-2011, 03:28 PM
Herol Graham

not a great, but a decent fighter

6'0 tall, 77 inches of reach (6'5)

McCallum called him the best pure boxer he ever faced
I was surprised by that, but hey, the man said it

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Graham is probably not in this list, but yes he was what you would call VERY GOOD.