Boxing Styles


What Are The Various Boxing Styles?

Firstly, no two boxers styles are truly identical. A fighters style tends to grow and evolve as their experience in the sport increases. So constantly practice, then you can begin to adapt what you learn, to fit in more with your own personal attributes and abilities.

For example - If you feel that your best punch by far is your uppercut, you can learn to adopt a boxing style that gives you the best chances of getting up close to your opponent, as that will give you the maximum opportunity of using your uppercut. Of course, trying to get up close to your opponent means that you also need to have a good defence, as you are going to get jabbed a lot on your way in there. So if you choose to box using that type of style, you would also need to work hard on learning a 'bob & weave' style of defence to help you avoid those jabs. That is only one very basic example of developing a personal boxing strategy, but it helps you to understand how a boxing style can begin to evolve to suit your own personal strengths and weaknesses.

Remember that you are not limited to just using one particular style. You should ideally strive to learn how to become accomplished at using more than one boxing style, so that you can switch things around when necessary. That ability makes it much easier for you to deal with the particular boxer, or circumstance, that you are facing in the ring. 

Boxer/Out-Fighter Boxing Style
What is a boxer/out-fighter boxing style?
A classic out-fighter likes to keep some distance between himself and his opponent, fighting with faster, longer range punches (usually the jab) and trying to gradually wear his opponent down. As an out-fighter mostly has to rely on delivering weaker punches, that style of boxer tends to win by point decisions rather than knockouts. A boxer who is an out-fighter is often seen as the best boxing strategists, due to their ability to control the pace of the fight and lead their opponent, gradually wearing him down by using more skill and finesse than a basic puncher does.

What do out-fighters need?
For a boxer to be successful using the out-fighter style, you would need to have a good long reach, quick hand speed, good footwork and sharp reflexes.
Boxer/Puncher Boxing Style
What is a boxer/puncher boxing style?
A Boxer/Puncher is usually a fairly well rounded fighter, who is able to fight at closer range while using a mixture of technique and power. Often wiith the ability to knock opponents out with a combination of punches, or sometimes a single punch. His movement and ring tactics in this style are fairly similar to an out-fighter (although they do tend to be less mobile), but instead of winning the fight by a points decision, after wearing their opponents down, they tend to move in when they feel that the time is right to look for the knockout punch.
What does a boxer/puncher need to succeed?

For a boxer to be effective using this style, you have to be a very well-rounded fighter.


Brawler/Slugger Boxing Style
What is a brawler boxing style?
A Brawler is a boxer who lacks finesse and footwork, but tries to compensate for his lack of technique through sheer punching power. Many brawlers lack mobility, so they can have difficulties when facing fighters who are quick on their feet. Brawlers often have a tendency to ignore combination punches in favour of continuous beat-downs with one hand, and by throwing slower powerful single punches like hooks and uppercuts.

A brawlers slow and predictible style in the ring, often leaves them wide open to counter punches. So to be successful, brawlers must be able to absorb a substantial amounts of punishment too.
What does a brawler need to be successful?
A brawlers most important assets are power and a strong chin, if they want to have success using this style.

Swarmers/In-Fighters Boxing Style

What is an in-fighters boxing style?

In-fighters/Swarmers (sometimes called pressure fighters) prefer to stay close to their opponent, throwing flurries of punches, often combinations of hooks and uppercuts. A successful in-fighter needs a good 'chin' too because infighting usually involves being hit with many jabs from their opponents defence before they can move inside, where their fighting style is going to be much more effective. In-fighters operate best at close range because they are often less tall and have a shorter reach than their opponents, so they are much more effective when fighting at a short distance, where the longer arms of their opponents make punching awkward. The essence of an in-fighter style is constant aggression.
Many short in-fighters also use their build to their advantage, using a 'bob & weave' defence by bending at the waist to slip underneath or to the sides of incoming punches, making themselves real difficult to hit. Unlike blocking, slipping makes your opponent tcompletely miss a punch and that upsets their balance, allowing the in-fighter to take advantage and move forward past their extended arm. It also leaves both of his hands free to counter punch.
What does an in-fighter or swarmer need to be successful?
The key to being successful when using an in-fighter boxing style is - Aggression, endurance, strong chin and a good grasp of the Bobbing & Weaving type of defence.

Counter Puncher Boxing Style
What is a counter puncher boxing style?
Counter Punchers tend to be mostly slippery and defensive fighters, who use their defence of head movement and constant blocks to try and counter their opponents style. When an opponent throws a punch, counter punchers use their defence to avoid those punches and immediately try to fire off one or two of their own. A counter puncher can either fight at a close range, or remain at the distance of a typical out-fighter.
What does a counter puncher need to succeed?

To be successful using this style, you must have good head movement, quick reflexes, speed, a good chin and exceptional reach.
Boxing Style Match Ups
So how does each boxing style match up against the others?

In general, an in-fighter has an advantage over an out-fighter, while an out-fighter has an advantage over a puncher.

Punchers tend to overcome in-fighters, because in trying to get close to the puncher, the in-fighter will have to walk straight into the hard hitting fists of the typical puncher. So unless the in-fighter has a very good chin and the latter's stamina is poor, the punchers superior power will often win in the end.

Although boxers who use an in-fighting boxing style tend to struggle against heavy punchers, they tend to have more success against out-fighters. Out-Fighters prefer a slower fight, while keeping distance between themselves and their opponent. The In-fighter tries to close that gap and unleash furious flurries of punches. On the inside, the Out-fighter loses a lot of his effectiveness, because he cannot find the space to throw those hard punches. So the In-fighters boxing style is often successful in this case, due to his intensity in moving in on his opponent and his agility, which makes him real difficult to hit.

The boxer or out-fighter tends to be most successful against a brawler, whose slow speed and poor boxing technique makes him an easy target for his much faster moving opponent. The Out-fighters main concern is staying fully alert against a brawler, as the brawler only needs to land one really good punch to potentially finish the fight. If the out-fighter can avoid those power punches, he can eventually use those fast jabs to wear him down. If the out-fighter is successful enough using that style, he may even put extra pressure on in the later rounds, to try and chase the knockout himself.

The various boxing styles form a cycle with each style being stronger relative to one, and weaker relative to another, with no style really dominating the fight scene completely.
That was really just a bit of fun and naturally many other factors, such as the skill level, along with the fitness and training of the boxer's, will do much to determine the outcome of any fight, regardless of the styles used.   

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