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Old 03-12-2011, 01:17 PM #1
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Default Who was harder to hit,Jack Johnson or Muhammad Ali?

Who was harder to hit,Jack Johnson or Muhammad Ali?

Were talking about both fighters in there Prime.

Many boxing experts claim Johnson was the best defensive Heavyweight fighter in history,and almost impossible to hit.He was great at picking off punches,while Muhammad Ali was the mosr elusive and also almost impossible to hit with a clean punch in his Prime.
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Old 03-12-2011, 03:44 PM #2
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Who was harder to hit,Jack Johnson or Muhammad Ali?

Were talking about both fighters in there Prime.

Many boxing experts claim Johnson was the best defensive Heavyweight fighter in history,and almost impossible to hit.He was great at picking off punches,while Muhammad Ali was the mosr elusive and also almost impossible to hit with a clean punch in his Prime.

I wish there was good quality tape on Johnson for me to give a definitive answer. I really don't know other than their defense was very different but effective.
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Old 03-12-2011, 03:53 PM #3
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Johnson was about as cautious as a man could and the rules were on his side. His opponents rarely landed punches on him but then again they rarely punched in combinations. A young Mike Tyson made the observation that Johnson would have problems dealing with combination punching. Ali in his prime was very hard to hit with any punch other than the left hook, but he was quite open for that particular punch.
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:08 PM #4
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When Ali had his legs, he was extremely difficult to hit. I'd choose him, although with more footage of Johnson I could possibly change my mind.
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:12 PM #5
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Difficult to gauge to be honest. Both were very elusive.
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Old 03-13-2011, 12:18 AM #6
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Ali had to deal with more combination-punching from his rivals than Johnson did, but the truth is the danger level of their opponents varied pretty wildly during their prime years. Johnson avoided his foremost challengers, while Ali was handicapped into fighting several lesser rivals as a result of sanctions steming from his Draft drama.
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In all their primes Dempsey would have landed more on Johnson than on Ali.
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Who was harder to hit,Jack Johnson or Muhammad Ali?

Were talking about both fighters in there Prime.

Many boxing experts claim Johnson was the best defensive Heavyweight fighter in history,and almost impossible to hit.He was great at picking off punches,while Muhammad Ali was the mosr elusive and also almost impossible to hit with a clean punch in his Prime.
to be honest its impossible to rate how good johnson was from those grainy black and white clips
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Old 03-18-2011, 05:40 PM #9
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Ali had better defense, but Johnson was harder to hit overall because he fought more defensively and constantly would grab to stop the action.
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