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Those bouts with Young and Foreman and Lyle and Foreman were among the best ever though to watch.

Posted May 17, 2013 7:31 am 


so like Eddie Chambers he would’ve been uncompetitive against larger fighters like Alexander Dimitrenko ????

Posted May 17, 2013 5:47 am 

the voice of reason

Earnie was as tough as nickel steak thats for sure but i think his power and status is a bit over-rated. The top guys in his era were no bigger on average than 220lb (even foreman) and its unlikely he would figure in todays division

Posted May 17, 2013 5:42 am 


The heavyweight fighters become bigger and better and increase in numbers with each new decade. Those champs and contenders of the 70’s would probably get lost in the huge mix of today’s division.

Posted May 17, 2013 4:20 am 


The heavyweight division fighters get bigger and better with each new decade and there continues to be more and more of them also with time. Those guys from the 70’s would pretty much be lost in the mix if they were active today.

Posted May 17, 2013 4:08 am 


The heavyweight division fighters continue to get bigger and better with each new decade. Plus there is more and more of them to compete as time goes by.

Posted May 17, 2013 4:04 am 


Yes dog would’ve been cooked and eaten with the roots,in those parts of the world at that time .That is if you had of been quick enough to catch the dog !

Posted May 17, 2013 3:33 am 


what are you talking about dog?

Posted May 17, 2013 2:59 am 


Yes thats because the rest of the “boxing” world was scratching around in the dirt digging up roots to feed there MOUTHS …

Posted May 17, 2013 2:52 am 



Posted May 17, 2013 1:55 am 


Shavers was a good puncher — no doubt about it… But Ron Lyle was bigger and stronger, and punched harder.. Lyle was very easy to hit. As easy as Shavers, but took the hardest shots Shavers could deal on his chin … and came back to hammer Earnie out … Foreman was bigger, stronger, and punched even harder than Ron Lyle — took Ronnie out in a slugfest where both were swinging from their heels, drilled each other with big shots, came back from several knockdowns.

Shavers came out on the short end against several other whackers. Not that the hardest puncher is always the one who scores the KO in a slugfest — but that’s usually the case if neither can box or defend very well. Foreman vs Lyle was amateur hour. A super light hitter, Jimmy Young, floored and almost stopped an exhausted Foreman, because Young could hit Foreman with pin-point punches and George couldn’t hit Jimmy with a big shot.

Posted May 17, 2013 12:09 am 

Jack Dempsey

No one is saying Shavers was the best heavy weight or had the toughest chin ,,,the writer is simply mentioning that Ernie shavers was perhaps the single shot hardest puncher in heavy weight history and i agree ,,,Shavers would take out fighters with one shot ,,Shavers had a straight snapping very very heavy punch that would remove all your senses ,,,

Posted May 16, 2013 11:02 pm 


wow, like John tate and pinklon Thomas, Cooney would compete with a Povetkin or a Boystov. Leave the Klitschko out.

Posted May 16, 2013 9:21 pm 


Ignorant fans like Anonymous call today’s heavyweights bums, LOL… Shavers had 14 losses. ES padded his record with easy wins on the tomato can circuit. Shaver’s only quality win in his 33 fights between his KO losses to Ron Stander and Jerry Quarry was versus little Jimmy Ellis. Ellis fought most of his career fights as a middleweight and Shavers won with a foul blow—after almost getting knocked out—Shavers held Ellis’s head stock still with his left and smashed him out with his right. Watch it on YouTube. Shavers beat Jimmy Young in that stretch but Young was a novice with 7 wins. Shavers managed to beat Joe Bugner on a cut. Bugner was whipped a few months later by novice Marvis Frazier, who came into the fight 9-0. Shavers flattened Ken Norton for his best win, but Norton suffered several KO losses. Norton’s chin was vulnerable to say the least. Shavers was a hard puncher—but when he fought other hard punchers he got knocked out. Happened to him 7 times. Shavers had a KO ratio of 76%, not bad … David Haye has a KO ratio of 86%—not as lofty as the K Bros. Just keeping some of these 70’s mythologies in perspective.

Posted May 16, 2013 8:26 pm 

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