Originally Posted by SteelShoulders
Does anyone else think that the left forearm is used somewhat as a 'weapon' in the shoulder roll defense? I've watched countless mayweather fight's and he hide's it pretty well, but Broner's destruction of demarco last night it seemed obvious he was pushing the forearm against demarco's throat.
I can think of three advantages:
1) Defense. You'll notice the other fighter more often than not hits the extended forearm before his punch gets any momentum. Broner was using that very efffectively.
2) Creates space. The slight push off creates more space for a cleaner punch.
3) It could also be slightly dirty. The forearm is dense and with the elbow right there it's not too difficult to use it to your offensive advantage even when you don't intend to. People have accused floyd of using elbows.