Originally Posted by Orion
Hm, wanted to resurrect this post to see some others input on this subject as I was thinking about it today.
I'm 5'10 and have a 70" reach.
Seems odd to me that it's that short when I stand next to a friend of mine who is also 5'10 and side by side we appear to have the same arm length, but when measured, his is 76". Sometimes I wish I had longer arms to exploit the reach advantage.
Wingspan (how we now measure reach) is also effected by shoulder width. I'm 6'0" with a wingspan of 6'2". I think this is due to me having broad shoulders more rather than having long arms.
As far as reach goes, having short arms often helps power and fighting in close. Mike Tyson and Rocky Marciano are the two most dominant HW champions of all time and they were both short with short arms. Also, Joe Fraizer (one of the greatest of all time) and Ricky Hatton (one of the best fighters in the world today) have short reaches for their heights.