Originally posted on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 8/22/13
Which boxers had the best jab in history? The jab is the key, fundamental punch of the Sweet Science. Power punches might get the glamor, but the jab is the foundation tool for both defense and offense. Everyone should know this if for no other reason than the way CompuBox tallies its punchstat numbers, with jabs in one category and all other punches lumped together as "power punches." Not to mention that anybody who has ever participated in boxing training knows that when you step foot in the gym, you do nothing but jab until you have that down good enough to continue learning the rest. So who were the best jabbers of all-time? 5. Sonny Liston: This man's jab should have been labeled "The Liston Piston," and it struck with such force that even glancing hits often caused real pain. Liston's jab carried so much force as to be the same as a power punch from a normal heavyweight, and Liston knew how to use that kind of force to set up his bone-crunching power shots and to make opponents pay
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