Best Left Jab? Sonny Liston or Larry Holmes?

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Best Left Jab? Sonny Liston or Larry Holmes?

George Jefferson
Which is better? The jab that can knock you out on impact, or the one that stays in your face and frustrates the hell out of you?
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Re: Best Left Jab? Sonny Liston or Larry Holmes?

Evan Fields
Larry had the more effective jab. Larry could hit you three times for every one jab that Sonny lands.
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Re: Best Left Jab? Sonny Liston or Larry Holmes?

Duggerman
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Larry's jab stood out because it was the most famous punch in his arsenal. His punching power was moderate. His uppercut or right hand weren't anything to be afraid of. Liston was the more complete fighter, imo. He had a lot of powerful punches to go with his plowing jab. I vote Liston.
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Re: Best Left Jab? Sonny Liston or Larry Holmes?

Shane
Depends on what you're looking for, really. Effectiveness and style or brute strength and raw power. Larry's jab was much harder to overcome than Liston's. But Liston's jab could score instant KOs. If he stunned you with the jab and followed up with his left hook then you're finished. But it's easier to escape Liston's jab than Larry's. Gotta vote Larry here kidos.
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Re: Best Left Jab? Sonny Liston or Larry Holmes?

George Jefferson
Good answers here gentlemen
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Re: Best Left Jab? Sonny Liston or Larry Holmes?

Leo the Lion
Liston's jab would absolutely WRECK that version of Ali. Don't think you can bring up Holmes' jabs against Ali as the benchmark of Holmes' jabbing prowess.
Leo Rothmann - Amateur Boxer 183lbs
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Re: Best Left Jab? Sonny Liston or Larry Holmes?

GatorPurify
Good one. Larry's was more effective. It was money all day. Larry could jab you all day and it was difficult to overcome. Sonny's jab wasn't as accurate as Larry but if and when he hit you with it it was bed time. Or you could be instantly stunned.
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Re: Best Left Jab? Sonny Liston or Larry Holmes?

MAGUIRE
I like P-O-W-E-R. Sonny Liston for me.
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Re: Best Left Jab? Sonny Liston or Larry Holmes?

Joe Kingman
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Think about it this way. If they fought, who would outjab who? Whose jab would be more prominent?

Larry Holmes. That's who. I doubt Sonny would even be able to get his jab going.



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Re: Best Left Jab? Sonny Liston or Larry Holmes?

It's Dale
Larry was king of the heavyweight jab, much like Joe Frazier was the king of the left hook.

But between he and Sonny, both jabs had their flaws.

Against Cooney, Cooney actually was almost outjabbing Larry for a few rounds. He was jabbing right in there with him. He started to time him and countered with his own jab and it was just as quick. Now, Cooney was a great prospect, but not a great fighter. If he could pull this off, what do you think a skilled technician with even faster hands and perfect accuracy like Joe Louis or Jack Johnson would do? Larry would find himself in trouble without his jab as his defense. Ken Norton also neutralized Larry's jab and this turned their fight into a shoot-out brawl. Larry couldn't jab so he had no choice but to fight.

As for Sonny, it was slow but strong. You could probably counter Sonny with your own jab twice before his even leaves his body. Easier said that done but possible if you have the hand speed and ring smarts to pull it off.