QUOTE (Lil-lightsout @ Feb 23 2010, 10:32 PM)
Anyway you want to slice it, Chris Byrd does not have good power for a fighter. Some fighters do, and some don't.
All I am trying to say is Chris Byrd has under average pwer for a fighter. Period.
I'll disagree with that to some degree. For a heavyweight, Byrd's power isn't what most would consider true heavyweight power. Of course, Ali wasn't exactly a killer as a puncher either.
I approach the analysis of Byrd the same was I do Pernell Whitaker. Both guys had what I would consider average power, not below average. However, it does appear that way because of they way they fight: defense first. Neither guy would make a point to sit down on their punches enough, or to stay in prime punching range long enough, to really do a great deal of damage. Defense comes first. Both guys showed power when necessary, or when it was time to finish (see Byrd vs. Thunder, Whitaker vs. Nazario & Hurtado, etc.) but certainly were not punchers at the end of the day. This is evidenced, more from Byrd, by the fact that his power wasn't enough to keep the really big guys off of him (Klitschko, Ibeabuchi, Povetkin) but, of course, considering Chris isn't 'really' a heavyweight and every fight against a big man was essentially a catchweight bout... it's not surprising. Again, average but nothing better.
When I think of someone with below average power, comparatively speaking between divisions, I think of guys like Paul Malignaggi, Winky Wright, and Ivan Calderon; guys who aren't going to knock many people out whether they're trying or not.
QUOTE (The CEO @ Feb 24 2010, 12:06 PM)
Maybe that's why Byrd went downhill so fast...all those years of Tracy milkin' his prostate finally caught up with him...
Well played, sir.