Originally Posted by dyna
The cross armed defence used by Foreman (Also Archie Moore) is extremely efficient in stopping hooks and straights but it is a little bit on the weak side against uppercuts.
But Foreman was such a strong man those uppercuts mostly didn't bother him in any significant way.
And some fighters don't throw uppercuts anyway
It wasn't just a regular cross armed defence though, not like, say, the way Norton applied it. Foreman just seemed to stick his arms out there and stop the momentum of the punch dead in its tracks. It wasn't a tight guard like Moore and Norton applied.
I can imagine it being like trying to punch someone through a padded cage.