Then and Now “The heavyweights”
by Tony Crooks: Everything changes in life; we all get older, technology transpires at a rapid rate and the world is in constant motion. I often ask myself would Ali have beaten either of the Klitscho’s, would Lennox Lewis have beaten George Foreman, how would Joe Frazier fared against Mike Tyson or Larry Holmes? Would Joe Louis have beaten Evander Holyfield?
I am just throwing names around, I know there are lots of other great heavyweights that I could mention, and I am sure that I will be corrected at one point or another, having said that, there is a way that you can make comparisons. It is not how hard that you are hit; it is the speed of the punch that you are hit with.
If a top heavyweight boxer can see the punch coming he can take evasive action to nullify the blow, if he doesn’t see it coming, a lesser blow can be just as destructive. We can all talk about “Ifs and buts” if my Aunt had balls she would be my uncle, simple as that.
What are more important, brute force and punching power or great boxing skills? You can have all the punching power in the world, but if you can’t hit what is front of you, what use is it, maybe a lucky punch or in boxing terms, a punchers chance. Is Wladimir Klitscho as talented a boxer as Ali, does he have the speed, the upper body movement to avoid his punches. This is a question that only your own opinions can answer. To get in a boxing ring, you need to have courage and more importantly you need to have fear, If you go in over confident, there is a good chance that you will lose.
Lennox Lewis would have probably beaten George Foreman due to his better boxing skills. Joe Frazier vs. Tyson would have been an even match, both boxers fought in a similar style but Frazier had more heart. Joe Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield is not one that I could call. On the subject of Ali vs. Klitschko, there is only one winner, you decide who is the victor would have been, something to discuss between yourselves.