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Tall fighters for their weight?

 

Just noticed that Aaron Pryor Jnr is listed as being 6 foot 4! That is tall for a Super Middleweight.

 

What other fighters have been exceptionally tall for their weight class.

 

Paul Williams as a Welterweight and Nikolai Valuev as a Heavyweight come to mind. What others are/were there?

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I recall watching the old Fight Night at the LA Forum, which I think in this case was actually from the Pond in Annahiem, during the late 90's and they had a Jr Featherweight by the name of Marius Frias that was 6 ft 2. You never saw 122 pounds stretched out so far :) Wasn't a bad little boxer though, but unlike some of the thin guys who've had freakish power (someone mentioned Arguello already and Hearns certainly comes to mind) Frias had none.
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Re: Tall fighters for their weight?

 

Hey @Donlevy -

 

It's a free country & all that, but would you kindly consider changing that avatar?

I can't make you, (actually, I COULD, but that would be an abuse of power :laugh: ) but it's kinda' making me sick.

 

 

Be a pal, wont' ya' ?

 

 

 

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Re: Tall fighters for their weight?

 

I think being tall and in your weight-class just offers a good advantage overall. Besides being intimidating, you have greater reach as well.

 

 

Actually, being tall has only one advantage: It usually goes along with having a reach advantage. (Also, you can clinch and lean on your opponent, if you're Wlad Klitschko and have paid off the referee for every fight.)

 

 

A tall fighter with a short reach actually is at a huge disadvantage to a shorter fighter, all else being equal:

 

It's much harder to throw power on a downward angle.

It's harder to work on the inside. It's almost impossible to throw body shots.

It's near impossible to throw uppercuts.

And finally, taller guys tend to move less fluidly, so they have worse defense.

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Re: Tall fighters for their weight?

 

I think being tall and in your weight-class just offers a good advantage overall. Besides being intimidating, you have greater reach as well.

 

I don't think being tall is that much of an advantage. The tall ones have a hard time defending against normal figthers.

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