Discussion in 'Boxing Discussion' started by BlockBuster, Jan 10, 2015.
I swear someone made this exact thread not too long ago.
Do you think his power was underrated?
It depends who you're talking too. He had some power but I wouldn't consider him a great puncher. He broke guys with volume mostly.
Calzaghe had power when he threw with bad intentions. He just didn't always use correct punching technique to put his weight behind his shots. He threw a lot of arm & wrist punches later in his career.
Charles Brewer, Byron Mitchell, Chris Eubank, Tony Booth, Sakio Bika, Robin Reid, Mikkel Kessler, Omar Sheika etc all said when Calzaghe hit you, you felt it big time
Roy Jones "Those pitty pats hurt worse than I thought!
Tony Booth "I always found Calzaghe to be a bit boring and sloppy and one paced..then I sparred him, fuck me that guy hits hard"
Charles Brewer "Calzaghes combinations were rediculous, I didn't know where they were coming from"
Ritchie Woodhall "Calzaghe slaps? well, he slaps hard"
there are plenty of other quotes, most Calzaghe opponents you ask about his punching power, they don't say he hits like a pussy
There is probably some middle ground between great puncher and hitting like a pussy.
so over Joe Calzaghe's 15 year boxing career, he only threw real punches for 11 minutes. Everything else was slaps, got it.
Calzaghe also had brittle hands. Im sure this might of affected his power and technique when throwing down.
that was a big part of it. Early in his career, Calzaghe actually hit pretty hard. He was able to floor Eubank (albeit not a prime Eubank), who is famous for his steel chin.
Towards the end of his career he certainly wasn't a power puncher. I mean, i had him beating Hopkins by a point but man, he really slapped his way to a decision in that fight. That was ugly.
Certainly had some pop when he was younger, but his fucked up hands meant he had to adapt his style.
Might have to do a Hopkins-Calzaghe rewatch rescore thread.
I had Calzaghe 114-113 but there was one round (rd 6 I think) where it could've been either guy. If I give it to Hopkins then he wins the fight by a point. Hopkins landed the sharper counters but foolishly allowed Calzaghe to do his slap flurries thinking the judges wouldn't score them. Calzaghe won by work rate more than anything else. He did absolutely no damage in that fight.
Joe Calzaghe would have been more of a power puncher if he fought smarter.
Make sense of that,
So he slapped, so what?
Ali slapped too
I suppose he could have learned to throw his punches with more force. I'm not sure that equates to a smart game plan in the ring.
Tim Bradley for example, is a guy who tends to not fight with a smart gameplan. Not really the same as lacking punching power.
Tim Bradley also throws arm punches. When Bradley puts his hip and his shoulder behind his punches, I'm sure he hits hard just like Calzaghe did. If you watch the vid that OP posted, the punches that did big damage had Calzaghe's body weight behind them. It was proper technique
Lmao...glad you caught the joke