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What is the minimum height needed to be a legitimate threat in todays heavyweight division era?

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  • Marchegiano
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    This implies we've seen a smaller HW who were very good lose to a size disadvantage. Who you gonna claim? Haye? Pov? Sultan? These guys would have been champions in an era before the WBO exists? Prime Holmes vs Prime Pov isn't just as lopsided for Holmes as it was Wlad? Sultan could have done 12 with prime Bowe?

    HW's are ****ty enough ro believe the biggest ought to win, I'll give you that. There's not really a HW alive who knows how to give up significant reach and still win. Because they're **** boxers.

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  • W1LL
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    Originally posted by YoungManRumble View Post

    Tommy just wants to know if he has a shot as a 5'5 232 pound man himself
    They used to call him "Lights Out" on the school bus. I'd say he has a shot.

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  • YoungManRumble
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    Originally posted by W1LL View Post
    If you've got the skills, and put in the work, I'd say about 5'5"...
    Tommy just wants to know if he has a shot as a 5'5 232 pound man himself

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  • RJJ-94-02=GOAT
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    Originally posted by HitmanTommy View Post
    I figured out the minimum height for all the other divisions, but I'm having trouble with this one.
    Still like 5”10, imagine what a prime Tyson would do to AJ for example.

    There just aren’t many talented smaller guys in this era.

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  • W1LL
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    If you've got the skills, and put in the work, I'd say about 5'5"...

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  • Zelda
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    More than the height, you must be built like a tank and be ready to hit with the intention of killing the other guy. If that is the case, even a 5'10" guy can compete (Mike Tyson style). Otherwise, 6'2"+ and a decent punch with decent skills.

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  • NEETzschean
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    To dominate the division you need to be a 6'5+, 240+ lbs super-heavyweight (as we have seen since Lewis and the Klitschko's) but you could be 5'9 like Tua or Tyson at 200+ lbs and cause an upset because there is usually a puncher's chance in heavyweight boxing.

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  • KingGilgamesh
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    Originally posted by deathofaclown View Post
    All I know is there’s no way Andy Ruiz is 6’2. Almost everyone that saw him in person doubt he’s even 6ft.

    Most heights are exaggerated. Boxrec have Parker’s height as 6’4 but I’ve stood next to him and I’m just over 6’1 and he wasn’t any taller than me really. Andy Lee looks taller than Parker in pictures and Lee is 6’2”, so that seems right.

    Chisora is listed as 6’1+ but from what I’ve seen, he’s 6ft max.

    I think most are adding 1 or 2 inches onto heights. AJ said he is 6’5 but boxrec have him as 6’6.

    Fury seems closer to 6’7.5” than 6’9, however he has terrible posture. If he stood up straight, he could be 6’8+

    I do think generally it’ll be a struggle for anyone genuinely under 6ft in today’s era.
    THIS.

    For **** sake. Tired of arguing it with people, almost no heavyweight boxers are their listed heights. I think the SHW thing is akin more to sheer size than it is height. Joshua and Fury are absolute units. 240lbs and 270lbs respectively. Because gear is pretty commonplace, it means that fighters are bigger than ever. I dont really think reach and size makes all the difference either. It is likely a real struggle for someone under 6ft, but I actually think 6ft4-5 (Wlad's apparent height...he's damn sure not 6'6 either) is the ideal height for a heavyweight to be. I don't think Fury has done enough to show that his size means he is in a class of his own.

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  • Aristocrat
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    I think 5'10 is the minimum but they have to be built like David Tua.

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  • IceTrayDaGang
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    gotta be above 6ft ... anything less than that, you will struggle.

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