JCC, your memory is starting to go. Here's the scores of the Holyfield/Foreman bout.
Judge: Eugene Grant 116-111
Judge: Jerry Roth 117-110
Judge: Tom Kaczmarek 115-112
Two of these Judges I know very well, if fact I was with one of them this past Tuesday night and he just sent me an E-Mail.
I always stand to be corrected. Thank you for correcting me. Actually, what I meant to say was that Foreman lost on points only it didn't came out that way when I typed it. It was a typo. Thanks for correcting my error.
As far as Marciano having a left hook as hard as Frazier's, I think anyone that would agree with that doesn't know what there talking about.
Frazier had one of the GREATEST left hooks in the history of boxing, anybody that knows anything about boxing would agree to that. They also would agree that Rocky had one of the best RIGHT hands in boxing history, BUT his left was no where near as good as Frazier's.
Of course, things such as this is more just simply speculation there' no way I know of to accurately judge it perfectly.
In things like this people tend to judge it more just according to their impressions they have received about certian fighter's I think is all.
For example, how could any one acurately know that Joe Fraizer could hit harder with a left hook than any one else did in the history of boxing?
But if enough people tend to believe that it tends to be accepted by many people as being a fact even though it may or may not be true. Its merely just opinions that's all.
I agree that many do believe that Joe Fraizer could hit the hardest with a left hook than any one else had ever did in the history of boxing.
He may have I'm not sure. But any way, we do know he was an exceptional puncher in throwing a left hook. That we do know.
Could he hit harder with a left hook than Rocky Marciano?
You guess would be as good as any body elses. But in having seen Rocky's fights and in having seen Joe Fraziers too. Especially Joe's for he was in my time, you see.
Its just only that Joe never impressed me that he could punch harder in throwing a left hook than Rocky that's all. He may have but if he did? Its just that hasn't been my impression.
In Rocky Marciano's early career I do know that he had exceptional power in his right hand. Also I do know that later he developed a bigger punch in his left hand and had the knockout punch in both hands.
Now I just want to say this only because I hear fans talk about punching power a lot. Its NOT lifting weights and having big muscles that creates or generates punching power. Its leverage, speed and timing.
I just mention the lifting weights thing, only just because no boxers use to lift weights and there are many today who do box who do lift weights today.
Taking my father for an example, back in the the very late 1940s and 1950s he was a good featherweight and and later a good lightweight. There were only eight weight divisions.
Not usuallly and not often but there were times in which he would spar in the gym with bigger guys even with heavyweights on some occasions. He had one hellauva punch in his right hand. Most near all the fights he won in both the amateur and professional ranks was by knocking his opponents out.
Later he came to have that punch in his left hand too in throwing a left hook.
But that is not an uncommon thing for fighters who are sluggers who can punch very hard.
In sparring in the gym my father was known at times to even knock heavyweights down. My father was a little guy, and he was a smaller man than I, but he had a big man's punch.
Back now to Joe Frazier!
It may could have been that Frazier could have punched as hard or near as hard, or even harder in throwing a left hook than Marciano. But if he did, he never impresed me that he did that all I'm saying.
In a bout against Foreman, it would be all wrong for Rocky.
BIG George would walk right through him.
Of course, that's a matter of opinion.
I've read enough of your very good posts which I don't always agree with ... (smiling), to see you may be likely saying this because Foreman was a bigger man than Marciano, and that may be much the reason you think that, but I disagree because I have seen exceptionally tough smaller guys flatten big men.
George Foreman was a pretty big guy, its always been hard for the heavyweights to go long rounds they just aren't built for it.
Of course, there can be exceptions, I think you know what I saying.
Of course, in the professional ranks the rounds are longer than in the amatuer ranks and they also go more rounds than in the amateur ranks.
Foreman has the same problem that Mike Tyson did in being that after 5 or 6 rounds he got tired.
Marciano didn't have that problem, plus we obviously know he could hit very hard. He was a knockout artist too.
Of course, any thing can happen in a fight!
Prime-to-prime comparing the two fighters George Foreman and Rocky Marciano, I would pick Marciano a winner by a knockout taking Foreman out in the seven or eight round.
I want to say this it was strategy that caused Foreman to lose his fight with Muhummed Ali.
It was the strategy Ali used that beat Foreman.
Another reason I want to say this is because fans and young inexperiened fighters all tend to think boxing is all about power and speed.
Power and speed are good, and they are tools. But like youth can be a tool. Youth is good.
But what wins fights especially between two experienced fighters that are evenly matched is always, ALWAYS strategy, and skill.
This is what beat Foreman in his fight with Muhummed Ali.
Ali out thought Foreman, and his strategy was perfect that he used to beat Foreman.
This is what gave Ali the edge and enabled him to beat Foreman.
This is just calling it the way I saw it is all.
I do believe that Rocky would beat some boxers that Foreman wouldn't, BUT head to head, it's all George. Style make fights, and this would be all wrong for Rocky.
Rocky used strategy too. Perhaps I can get more in to talking about that some time.
Rocky was really a good defensive fighter, but a lot of people never realized that about him.
Rocky would give the impression that he was a tough guy, and he was a tough guy, he was an incrediably tough guy, but he was clever too.
In fact, Ali learned that about him in the computer fight they had. Ali said he found out that Marciano was harder to hit with a punch than he had thought he would be.
Ali's manager and trainer Angelo Dundee was there and he said that also about Marciano.
Dundee said that Ali had a hard time reaching Rocky with a jab, and he talked about this and said. Rocky has his own technique in which he saw in using his leg. It looked like Rocky was standing still, but he was actually sliding away from the punch.
Rocky didn't just win his fights because he was a hard puncher, and was always so very well-conditioned. It was also strategy he used that enabled him to win fights.