Frank Bruno battled some of the hardest hitters in heavyweight history—and had three of the most standings.
The British boxing legend put the nation on its feet after winning the heavyweight title in his fourth attempt in 1995.
But before that heroic night at Wembley Stadium, Bruno boxed some of the best ever and hit some heavy blows along the way.
Revealing his most powerful boxers to date, Bruno said: “I go for Jumbo Cummings, Bonecrusher Smith and Tim Witherspoon.
“They all had different punches, they all had different methods, when they hit you it hurt.”
Bruno defeated Cummings in 1983, but had to cross a big right-hander in the first round, which enabled Barley to make it into the corner.
It was then that a year later the American Smith defeated the British favorite in the tenth and final round of their fight.
Former world champion Witherspoon successfully defended her WBA belt against Bruno in 1986, winning 11 rounds.
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Bruno also had two classics with Mike Tyson, in 1989 and again in 1996 – his last fight – as well as the Battle of Britain with Lennox Lewis in 1993.
The two heavyweight heavyweights might not even make it to their list of top three hitters, but they still packed a different kind of punch.
Speaking at the launch of Vau Hydrate’s new store in Oxford Street, Bruno said: “Tyson is sharp and he’s powerful, he hits like a whip, but it’s a different variety.
“Tim Witherspoon, he wore you, Bonecrusher Smith, that was a different cup of tea.
“Lennox Lewis was a different cup of tea, everyone has their own style and how they can punch, different skills.”