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    Default Would Joe Louis be too small to be successful at heavyweight today ?

    Would Joe Louis be a successful heavyweight today or would he simply be too light to compete effectively against the likes of Fury and Joshua ?

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    Default Re: Would Joe Louis be too small to be successful at heavyweight today ?

    Some cruiser weights of today would beat Louis.
    He was great in his day.
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    Default Re: Would Joe Louis be too small to be successful at heavyweight today ?

    Yes.
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    Default Re: Would Joe Louis be too small to be successful at heavyweight today ?

    Joe Louis is ATG heavyweight with his record number of defenses, consistency and what he did as a champion. He did not weigh over 200lb at his peak because he was superstitious but could hit very hard.

    Wilder is not that much heavier than Louis but AJ, Lewis and Fury’s of this world are considerably heavier and would use it to their advantage.

    Conversely if Joe Louis was born in this era he would be bigger so would have smashed them all.
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    Default Re: Would Joe Louis be too small to be successful at heavyweight today ?

    I agree with Master. Looking at Louis' comparative size against the average person in the 1930's ..... if he was born today he would be a 6'8 monster.

    A 6'8" Joe Louis utterly destroys anybody he steps in the ring with.
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    Default Re: Would Joe Louis be too small to be successful at heavyweight today ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Joe Louis is ATG heavyweight with his record number of defenses, consistency and what he did as a champion. He did not weigh over 200lb at his peak because he was superstitious but could hit very hard.

    Wilder is not that much heavier than Louis but AJ, Lewis and Fury’s of this world are considerably heavier and would use it to their advantage.

    Conversely if Joe Louis was born in this era he would be bigger so would have smashed them all.
    This is exactly the point of comparing fighters from different eras. Not only size, but technological advancements in Training and nutrition enabling guys to be quicker and stronger all have to be taken into consideration when making comparisons. So basically , give the fighter of the old days all the advantages and attributes of the modern day fighter he’s being compared with and then the question is fairer, and the answer very different.
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    Default Re: Would Joe Louis be too small to be successful at heavyweight today ?

    People forget that Louis fought big heavyweights. Max Baer was 6’3 and very strong. Primo Carnera was 6’6. He was basically the size of Wlad. Buddy Baer was the same height. Abe Simon was 6’4.

    Now I’m not saying these guys were as good as AJ or Fury, but Louis destroyed these fighters. It wasn’t even close. I think he would do much better than many think. Also, he would walk through the cruiserweights of today. Even from todays standards Louis has great technique.

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    Default Re: Would Joe Louis be too small to be successful at heavyweight today ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Primo Carnera View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Joe Louis is ATG heavyweight with his record number of defenses, consistency and what he did as a champion. He did not weigh over 200lb at his peak because he was superstitious but could hit very hard.

    Wilder is not that much heavier than Louis but AJ, Lewis and Fury’s of this world are considerably heavier and would use it to their advantage.

    Conversely if Joe Louis was born in this era he would be bigger so would have smashed them all.
    This is exactly the point of comparing fighters from different eras. Not only size, but technological advancements in Training and nutrition enabling guys to be quicker and stronger all have to be taken into consideration when making comparisons. So basically , give the fighter of the old days all the advantages and attributes of the modern day fighter he’s being compared with and then the question is fairer, and the answer very different.
    I find these amusing because people always think about the ways improved life makes better fighters but you don’t often hear how improved life makes worse fighters. People today aren’t tough, not their fault they just don’t need to be. Fighters today are very strong, very fast, and very good at what they do well. But they are not very diverse. Real inside fighting stopped 80 years ago, that art is dead. We have no clue what a Joe Louis of today would be, why would he choose to get hit in the face? Would he put on muscle, would he cut to lightheavy, would he be a rapper, we don’t know. We couldn’t possibly. Wet blanket response, but that’s what I do. He was great in his time and that’s enough

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