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Old 07-20-2009, 03:42 PM #1
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Default The best left jabs in Heavyweight History

The best left jabs in heavyweight history in order:

Larry Holmes
Sonny Liston
Muhammad Ali
Joe Louis

BTW-Joe Louis's jab is over rated.Look at the films,he used it to set up his other punches.He used it as a "feeler" more than a powerfull jab,that some people believe.
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:49 PM #2
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I like Wlad's jab.
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:52 PM #3
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Larry Holmes
Sonny Liston
Wladamir Klitschko
Joe Louis
Lennox Lewis
Gene Tunney
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I like Wlad's jab.
The greatest ever?

Who else would you rate as having great left jabs?

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The greatest ever?

Who else would you rate as having great left jabs?

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Nah not the greatest ever, just in addition to the guys you already named. I also rate Ray Mercer's jab pretty highly considering it gave Holyfield and Lewis all kinds of trouble in fights he easily could have won.

Then there's a couple B level guys who had great jabs...I need to watch some 80s fights to remind myself who.
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Old 07-20-2009, 04:07 PM #6
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Historically it would go something like this:

James Corbett
Jack Johnson
Gene Tunney
Joe Louis
Floyd Patterson (So under rated, clocked faster than Ali's)
Sonny Liston
Muhammad Ali
Larry Holmes
Riddick Bowe
Lennox Lewis
Wladimir Klitschko

There of course were many others, Foreman's deserves a mention for its sheer force, so does Tyson's at his peak, nothing wrong with Holyfield's too.

The best heavyweight left jab in history for me belongs to Larry Holmes. I once had a chat with Earnie Shavers and asked him whose was best between Holmes and Ali because it was such a tough call. Earnie said Ali's was a touch faster but Holmes's hurt more and was so accurate, that was the clincher for me.

As for Louis's jab, I've watched the films and it was a damaging weapon on its own as well as being a range finder for his combinations. Check out the Schmelling rematch for an easy one round example, I think he tripples it at one point. I forget which hapless Louis victim said that 'Louis's left is like being hit by most heavyweight's right'. Nuff said on that one!
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I wouldn't say that Louis' jab is overrated. It actually doesn't get mentioned all that much whenever people discuss the best jabs in heavyweight history. It was a good punch though, in my opinion. He took the fight out of Baer with the jab, landed it at will.
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Holmes wins this hands down for me
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Are you trying to be cute? Why a left jab? considering the three noted greatest jabs in heavyweight history belonged to liston,ali and holmes all of whom used a left jab

why not just say um....jab?
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Then there's a couple B level guys who had great jabs...I need to watch some 80s fights to remind myself who.
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