Originally Posted by rusak
The heavyweight boxing champion as "the baddest man on the planet"? That was dumb then and it's dumb now. You really think that any heavyweight boxing champion would have an easy time with a wrestling champion of comparable size? The boxer's only chance would be to strike first and get a quick KO. Otherwise, the wrestler will take the boxer down and from there the boxer is at a huge disadvantage. And this is from before MMA even existed.
somewhat true but, having done some mma working out with fair college wrestlers (guys who were better wrestlers than I was a boxer) i have to say that many wrestler can't do mma because they end up being too scarred of punches....you start moving you hands and they freeze. In fact many wrestlers are like that the first few times they do full strikes with takedowns. It is really just a question of whether or not they can get past that hurdle and learn enough basic defense to be able to get inside without being hit clean. That usually takes a few months. So...I will say that a wrestling base with a few months of boxing will beat a boxing base with a few months of wrestling. But a pure boxer vs pure wrestler is a bit less certain.