Originally Posted by orriray59
I agree with all of this. Wladimir is excellent at maximizing his strengths and minimizing his weaknesses.
What's so devious about it is the trap of it all.
What you THINK you know about him, the weak chin, the panicking, the lack of inside ability, it dictates your whole strategy. "If I can just close the distance, I can work tight hooks and uppercuts, I'll hurt him, he'll panic, it'll be over."
Thing is, that insistent pressure to get inside just makes it easier for him to land his jab and his right hand, and when you get there, he ties you up. It's like a vicious circle, and I've seen it swallow like 5 of his last few opponents. I'll give Wach this, he tried to fight his fight, he was just utterly inferior.