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Exactly. While were at it, let’s ask Austin what his favorite food is. Then we’ll debate why we think his answer is wrong! :mrgreen:

Posted September 6, 2012 10:19 pm 

Bill (KlichKO brothers are the best REAL HEAVYWEIGHTS ever)

Ah that was funny, I think Austin is just kidding

Posted September 6, 2012 8:51 pm 

Bill (KlichKO brothers are the best REAL HEAVYWEIGHTS ever)

Ray Austin: “I lost in 2 rounds to a one-handed featherfist in Vladimir KlichKO”.

Posted September 6, 2012 8:49 pm 

Cab Driver

I would like to get your impression of the up-and-coming heavyweights, starting with Seth Mitchell. What do you think of him?

AUSTIN: Excuse me? I don’t know who that is. I am not sure if you are kidding me.

You have never heard of Seth Mitchell?



Posted September 6, 2012 8:46 pm 

Mark McMarky

Look at it this way: Foreman, Shavers, and Tyson iced plenty of opponents in the first two rounds. The losers always seemed to remember the devastating force in the punches that put them out. Why not Austin?

Posted September 6, 2012 8:28 pm 


You must be some kind of idiot to make a statement like that. Are you retarded???

Posted September 6, 2012 6:39 pm 


The “voice of reason” needs to update his name to the “voice of Austin’s cousin”. That was the most stupid post I ever read !! WOW !! These people are actually out there posting things like that. Did I remember to say WOW !!

Posted September 6, 2012 6:36 pm 


I must admit , that I was actually impressed by some of Austin’s answers;
they were quite insitheful and perfectly
lucid . The only problem I have is , how in the world is he qualified to asses
Wlad’s punching power vis a vis another
fighter , when Wlad knocked him out just
using his left , not even ONCE hitting him with his right ?! Why would the interviewer ( if he actually saw the fight ) , even ask such a question ? I

Posted September 6, 2012 2:56 pm 

Mike Dino


Posted September 6, 2012 2:29 pm 


If Ibragimov hits harder than Klitschko I`ll eat my hat!! hahaha Also genius, care to explain to these avid boxing fans why Sultan doesn`t have a higher KO percentage. Austin was taken out before he even had the chance to feel Wlads right hand so how the hell would he even know. You are a fool sir, an absolute moron!!

Posted September 6, 2012 1:28 pm 

the voice of reason

Hey – none of you keybord tough guys have taken any punches from ibragimov or klitschko! – how the f*** would you know who hits harder? and come to that, how can you even put up an argument against a guy who has been in with both of them? What you should all bear in mind is that punches from either fighter – or austin himself – would smash your skulls and faces and have you crying for your mamas. Lack of respect yet again gentlemen, lack of respect.

Posted September 6, 2012 1:18 pm 


Ibragimov throws wide shots with his full body behind it, so if those hit they surely are harder than Wlads jabs or straight hands. I don’t think Wlad ever threw wide shots with a lot of upper body movement with them, like smaller punchers do. A Brewster overhand with his upper body doing an arc is of course harder than a Wlad right hand with just a small pitch behind it.

Posted September 6, 2012 10:16 am 


Mr. Austin is obviously punch drunk. If Wladimir had used his right hand, Austin would still be in a coma.

Posted September 6, 2012 10:16 am 

Tone Deaf

Yes, Austin is still capable of beating some guys who are world rated. It’s a question of styles, and which fighter is having the better day.

Posted September 6, 2012 6:32 am 

Bill (KlichKO brothers are the best REAL HEAVYWEIGHTS ever)

Ibragimov hits harder than the best KTFO artist ever Vladimir KlichKO??? LOL And Ray got pulverized in 2 rounds because of the strong wind. :) Damn, Vladimir destroyed Austin in two rounds using only left hand. :)

Posted September 6, 2012 3:16 am 


If you were to ever get your tounge out of the Klitckos arse you might understand what people are saying. Your comments are so funny, you havent got a clue about boxing

Posted September 6, 2012 2:59 am 


Yeah – there is a lot of truth in that. To be honest I think if you had Vitali and Lewis teeing off on a stationary target that measure punching power, then on jab & right hand (but less so hooks and uppercuts) I`m imagine Vitali may well come out as the more powerful. I don`t think Vitali throws with full power though, or at least not until he has softened his targets up. He is more measured and would rather ensure he keeps position and balance. Lewis would tend to land harder punches earlier in fights – that is why he has KO’s like Golota, Ruddock, Grant etc happening early.

Re Briggs being bigger – I guess you can argue about how much that was “healthy” bigger, noone would put 270lbs at an ideal weight for someone Briggs size, and combined with his advanced age, asthma, and injuring a bicep in the fight I`m not thinking that he was anywhere near as good a package.

Personally I don`t entirely buy that Briggs actually believes Vitali was hitting him harder. Lewis was disrespectful and dismissive of Briggs whlie Vitali treated him with respect, like the gentleman he is, and I think that factors into his opinion, alongside the Lewis beating being so long ago.

Posted September 6, 2012 2:52 am 


You have to take how a fight is fought into your analysis when talking punching power.. Vitali probably hit harder than Lewis.. He has a higher KO ratio and staggered Lewis–while Lewis landed flush on a half blinded Vitali but couldn’t shake VK.. As for their fights with Briggs, Briggs weighed 228 for Lewis fought in kamakazi style. Both Lewis and Briggs were going for the KO full time.. Briggs continued to get up every time Lewis decked him—on his last swing Briggs missed a huge punch and went down on his own. He wasn’t hurt or badly beaten up, but Mills Lane, often a spoil sport, stopped the fight for some reason.. Briggs weighed 270, with a massive neck, for a 40-year-old Vitali, and fought an intensely defensive fight, losing every round.. Several bones in Brigg’s face were broken and he was hospitalized … I believe Sonny Liston punched harder than Ingemar Johansson, but Ingo flattened Eddie Machen in the 1st round and Machen went the distance with Liston, again, fighting extremely defensively… But Austin didn’t fight defensively against Ibragimov at all.. He actually fought MORE defensively against Wladimir than Iggy. Ray was KO’d by perfunctory lead left hooks from WK, nothing loaded, thrown from the floor, or free swinging… It was kind of, “What’s this? He’s going out from that?”

Posted September 6, 2012 2:26 am 


Most boxers will give a self-serving answer to the question of who hits hardest or how good opponents are, and very often they name a fighter who didn`t stop them because they like to dismiss KO defeats as being unlucky, or “not being there” or whatever.

Austin is just paying a backhanded compliment to Ibrigamov to try to present himself as being able to go 12 with the harder puncher . If a guy ices you quickly, then you probably aren`t even going to have a proper recollection of how hard he is hitting, and there certainly won`t be 12 rounds of being punched to emphasise the memory.

There is the same situation with Briggs saying Vitali hit him hardest when he went the distance while Lewis knocked him out in 5. YOu just have to read between the lines and see how the guy being interviewed is trying to position himself as better than he is.

Posted September 6, 2012 12:24 am 


If Austin was conscious for more than 1 of those hooks, he might have a difference of opinion on who hits harder. The fact that he laid down afterwards and didn’t want any more makes me think he suspected Wlad was going to crack him even harder the next time. Another guy “calling out” a Klitschko who is “ducking him”. From now on, the winner should get 100% of the purse. That should change quickly.

Posted September 6, 2012 12:07 am 


“A perennial contender who is still capable of winning world-class bouts at age 41” SAY WHAAAAAAAT?

Posted September 5, 2012 11:51 pm 


Though it’s an interesting comment and may explain why Wlad fought so tentatively against Ibragimov.

Posted September 5, 2012 9:55 pm 


Well he didn’t get hit by Wlads right, but Iggy hits supper hard and dinged Austin a few times so I can see where he is coming from. Iggy is fast and powerfull, but overal just lacked range.

Posted September 5, 2012 8:46 pm 


Ibragimove punches “way harder” than Wladimir… That’s a funny one. Vlad didn’t even throw a hard punch and stiffened Rainman in two… Iggy loaded up his shots and couldn’t win a distance fight.

Posted September 5, 2012 8:29 pm 


Austin says… “As far as what I work on, what I do…I don’t want to expose myself in print for my opponents.” LOL.. I guess Ray thinks his possible future opponents read more and follow Boxing more closely than he does, so he doesn’t want to give possible future opponents—Seth Mitchell perhaps—the blueprint with which to beat him … Way to play your cards close to the vest by not giving out your training secrets, Rainman. I can just see those guys pouring over this interview with a pen and notebook.

Posted September 5, 2012 8:25 pm 


Pretty nice interview. I laugh at the fact that he says Klitscko does not hit as hard as Ibraghimov. Wladimir did not even throw a single right hand ( his best punch) the whole fight Jab, and finished him off with a left hook. ( hooks)

Posted September 5, 2012 8:10 pm 

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