The Best Weapons In The History Of The Heavyweight Division

Speed – Muhammad Ali
Power – George Foreman
Chin – Jim Jeffries
Defense – Gene Tunney
Stamina – Rocky Marciano
Killer Instinct – Jack Dempsey
Jab – Sonny Liston (the most damaging jab of all-time)
Hook – Joe Frazier
Cross – Joe Louis
Uppercut – Mike Tyson

When picking any particular weapon, you have to keep in mind the quality of opponents those weapons were used upon. In certain cases, like Gene Tunney’s, he fought some of the great offensive fighting machines at Light Heavyweight. The consideration of his rating goes way beyond two fights with Jack Dempsey.

Old timers who saw both Jack Dempsey and Mike Tyson insist that they were both the most savage individuals (at their best) to enter the ring. Killer instinct is not just the ability to finish off a hurt opponent, it’s the persona of a killing machine that seems to leak through while doing so! At least that was the case for Dempsey and Tyson.

Here’s what a few of my buddies picks:

Lee from Arizona

Speed – Muhammad Ali
Power – George Foreman
Chin – George Chuvalo
Defense – Jack Johnson
Stamina – Rocky Marciano
Killer Instinct – Jack Dempsey
Jab – Larry Holmes
Hook – Joe Frazier
Cross – Joe Louis
Uppercut – Mike Tyson

Mark Jones – Boxing Historian (New York)

Speed – Billy Conn
Power – Ernie Shavers
Chin – Rocky Marciano
Defense – Jack Johnson
Stamina – Rocky Marciano
Killer Instinct – Jack Dempsey
Jab – Joe Louis
Hook – Mike Tyson
Cross – Rocky Marciano
Uppercut – Mike Tyson

* Eddie Futch stated that Billy Conn had the fastest hands of any heavyweight and Ali had the fastest feet.

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