A conventional boxer or stylist (also known as out fighter) looks to maintain distance between opponent and himself, fighting faster, and longer range punches, most precisely the jab, and slowly wearing his opponent down. As a result of the dependence on reliance weaker punches, out-fighter tends experience victory by point decision rather then by knockout, though there are some knock out fighters who have notable knockout records. They are regarded as the strategist for boxing due to their ability to control the speed of the fight and methodically lead their opponent, wearing him down and showing more skill and finesse then a brawler. Out fighter need hand speed, reach and agile footwork.
Boxer puncher is a well rounded boxer who is able to fight at close range with combination of power and technique, with the ability to knock the opponent out with combination and in some cases a single shot. This tactic and movement are similar to that of out-fighter, but instead of winning by decision they tend to wear their opposition down using combination and then move in to score knockouts. A boxer must be well rounded to be effective using this style.
Slugger or brawler is a fighter who mainly lacks footwork or finesse in the ring, but makes up for it by punching power. This style of boxing was mainly popularized by the Irish, Irish-American, Mexican, and Mexican-American boxers. In some cases, brawlers tend to lack mobility, preferring less mobile and more stable platform and have difficulty pursuing fighters who are agile and fast on their feet.
These fighters have tendencies to ignore combination of punching in favour of continuous beat down with one hand and by throwing slower, more powerful single punches (such as hooks and uppercuts). Their predictable and slow punching pattern (single punches with obvious leads) often leaves them open to counter punches, so successful brawlers must be able to absorb substantial amounts of punishment.
In-fighters/swarmers, also known as pressure fighters, attempts to stay near an opponent, throwing powerful flurries and combination of uppercuts and hooks. This game style requires a person to have a strong chin as it involves constantly getting hot in the chin. In-fighters function best at close range because they are shorter and have little reach then their opponents, hence are more effective at short distance where the longer arms of their opponent make the process of punching awkward. However, many fighters tall for their division have been relatively adept at in-fighting as well out-fighting. The main essence of swarmer is non stop aggression.
In many cases short in-fighter utilize their stature to great advantage employing bob-and-weave defence by bending at the waist to slip underneath or to the sides of incoming punches.
|More Articles in Boxing in India (38)|