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View Poll Results: Iron chins, born or bred?
An iron chin is a genetic trait 34 64.15%
Iron chins are developed 1 1.89%
They're a combination of the above-mentioned factors 10 18.87%
You cant generalize. Chins are complex and must be examined on a case by case basis 8 15.09%
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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Iron chins, are you born with them or are they developed through training and fighting style?

Could it be that fighters that dont get accostumed to get punched in the face since they're kids are destined to become glass jawed frauds in the pro stage?

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Mexican fighters are famous for the quality of their chins, they're also famous for their agressive style that disregards defense for attack, the typical mexican fighter gets hit a lot, yet he also posseses a great chin so he can be succesful with that style. Mexicans barely spend time in the amateurs so they get accostumed to get punched in the face since an early age in the pro stage.

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On the other hand you have the cubans, most of them seem to possess fragile glass mandibles in the pro stage, they also tend to have very, very extensive amateur bgs, so they're accostumed to be protected by headgear most of their boxing lives. Cubans are proud of their skills, they dont like to get hit, and they dont get hit very often in the pros, but the moment they do, stuff like this happens:


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So what do you think? are solid chins a genetic trait? are they a by-product of getting used to get punched in the face since an early age? or maybe a combination of both factors? what's the secret behind the Haglers, Chuvalos, McCalls of the world?
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Born.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:53 PM   #3
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Born.
So let's assume Marvin Hagler was a cuban amateur who was boxing with headgear until his 30's, then becomes a pro in the U.S. Do you think his punch resistance would have been the same?
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:01 PM   #4
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Born, you can make it better with neck training but if you are sadly born with glass jaw you cant improve it to be decent.
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So let's assume Marvin Hagler was a cuban amateur who was boxing with headgear until his 30's, then becomes a pro in the U.S. Do you think his punch resistance would have been the same?
When Hagler is in question he is absolutely born with iron chin no mater if he boxed with headgear or not he had iron chin.
many of guys here act like amateur headgear protects chin suggestion for you put it on and let boxer hit you on the jaw with a straight punch, you will find out there is no difference.
Tyson had very good chin and got dropped in sparring with headgear on!!
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:46 PM   #6
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lol this guy thinks headgear is to protect that chin
Very weak thread and logic/reasoning
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:49 PM   #7
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Born. You can build up your body, neck, legs, defense, etc to help you take punches better. But flat out takin bombs flush is just sumthin that comes natural. It's more about your mentality than anything else.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:32 PM   #8
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When Hagler is in question he is absolutely born with iron chin no mater if he boxed with headgear or not he had iron chin.
many of guys here act like amateur headgear protects chin suggestion for you put it on and let boxer hit you on the jaw with a straight punch, you will find out there is no difference.
Tyson had very good chin and got dropped in sparring with headgear on!!
It protects it partially, and it makes taking hits to the head overall much easier, the gloves and the padding are smaller in the pros too. But this is not only about headgear and gloves. There's also the amateur mentality, they're more concerned about defense and technical aspects than the pros. Pros know a good punch can reverse the result in any fight and the matches are much longer so even if they lose some rounds they know they can turn the tide, not the same with amateurs. You dont see guys trying to grind down their opponents to KO them late or taking two punches to land a good one, etc in the amateurs.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:40 PM   #9
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Most of the time it comes down to defense. But of course some fighter are able to absorb punches better than others
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:54 PM   #10
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ye born i think, dont think kahn and others dont put loads of training on there neck
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:51 PM   #11
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Born, but can be trained to a certain extent.

You can train your muscles that help absorb punches, but you can't change the shape of your jaw or head or size of your head.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:10 PM   #12
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A bit of both.

Some weak chinned fighters get stopped less often than what they might because of good conditioning/defence etc, and some iron chinned guys get stopped because they neglect defence and just allow themselves to be hit with hard shots repeatedly.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:53 PM   #14
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Probably a bit of both.

Chuvalo spent a lot of time training to absorb punches ....
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You can't generalize.
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