It has always gleaned my contempt when a journalist or armchair fan who has never been in receipt of cultured leather refers to a world class fighter as ‘feather fisted’. Other sages from the sofa will gleefully proclaim that one top flight boxer or another ‘couldn’t crack an egg.’
While I have little time for such flippancy from the touch lines it is undeniable that the history of boxing has seen some legendary talents who could reasonably be described as ‘non punchers.’
To the layman it seems inconceivable that a boxer could rise to greatness without being in possession of the equaliser but we should remember that the late, great A.J Liebling called it the Sweet Science for a reason.
Expanding upon this theme, I proffer to you my personal Top 5 greatest (relatively) light punchers in history.