QUOTE(Mean Mister Mustard @ Sep 25 2008, 06:34 PM) [snapback]405224[/snapback]
By stopping tough guys like Reid, Feliciano, Suarez, Estrada and Mathysse. Not only that he stopped them but the way he did it. I think it will be hard for you to find anyone who hits harder at 147 than he does.
Since when did guys like Teddy Reid, Jesse Feliciano, Mark Suarez, David Estrada and Walter Matthysse become the measuring stick for punching power?
Not for nothing, but...
1. Teddy Reid
got stopped by Ben Tackie (TKO 5) at jr. welterweight two years before Cintron ever laid a glove on him.
2. Jesse Feliciano
got knocked the fvck out by Demetrius Hopkins (KO 4) at jr. welterweight two years before Cintron went life and death with him. He also got stopped by Mohamad Abdulaev (TKO 8) a year before that.
3. Mark Suarez
took a three year layoff in 2000 after losing a majority decision to Ricky Quiles...ironically it was just one day after Cintron turned pro. Suarez didn't start fighting again until 2003 and it was against a bunch of nobodies until he ran into Cintron in 2006. In other words, a KO or TKO over Suarez is pretty meaningless in my book...but hey...that's just me I guess.
4. David Estrada
...eh...I'll give him that one...probably his most impressive win...but honestly, I don't recall jumping out of my seat and saying, "damn, that guy's a killer" when he stopped him.
5. Walter Matthysse
...eh...I guess I can give him that one too...the KO was pretty, but honestly, who the hell is Walter Matthysse? I mean, Paul Williams had already stopped him a year before Cintron...and even then, people were asking, "who the hell is Walter Matthysse?" Besides, after Cintron knocked him in 2, he got knocked out in 5 by Sebastian Lujan right after that fight and then got knocked out AGAIN in 6 rounds by Alex Bunema after that. for all we know, Matthyse's chin may not have been that solid to begin with.
Personally, I've never been sold on the Killer's vaunted punching power. Truth be told, Miguel Cotto, Paul Williams, Joshua Clottey AND Andre Berto might all have better punching power than him. With the exception of Berto, they've all probably had the tougher assignments over the past few years.
Until I see him do something impressive against a top 10 contender, I question his punching power.