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Old 03-23-2011, 07:14 AM   #1
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Default How highly do you rate SRL:s technical abilities?

He was without a doubt technically well rounded. Always in balance and a very sharp combination puncher. But he wasn't as adept at fighting in the pocket as the Durans, Moores and McCallums of this world. And I don't think his footwork quite matches up that of for example SRR and Ali either, for example.

For me he had very good technique, but not quite up there with the ATG technicians. Your thoughts?

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Old 03-23-2011, 07:23 AM   #2
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Not that highly, technically he made mistakes and you could see his defense being very leaky against Mayweather, HEarns, Duran 1, Benitez
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:30 AM   #3
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No, you're confusing technician with pure boxer.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:42 AM   #4
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No, you're confusing technician with pure boxer.
That was a bit unclear.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:01 AM   #5
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Default Re: How highly do you rate SRL as a technician?

He's not a technician IMO; his style is too heavily reflex-based/reliant on physical attributes. He's not unorthodox in any real way and isn't somebody you'd describe as overtly aggressive, so that can lead to the perception that he's a textbook fighter and therefore a technician... in reality, a technician is more than just a well-rounded boxer with no glaring weirdo traits.

If you want to go into detail, his vulnerability to counters (if you're quick enough), occasional tendency to wild punching, casual defence are all examples of absence of technicianship.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:02 AM   #6
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Not that I think he was a bad fighter or anything, just not strictly a technician. In a way it was an advantage, made him more adaptable where somebody like Hopkins got unstuck.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:06 AM   #7
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Not that I think he was a bad fighter or anything, just not strictly a technician. In a way it was an advantage, made him more adaptable where somebody like Hopkins got unstuck.
Hmm, I was a bit afraid we'd get stuck on the phrase "technician". I'll refrase the thread question.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:07 AM   #8
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He was without a doubt technically well rounded. Always in balance and a very sharp combination puncher. But he wasn't as adept at fighting in the pocket as the Duran's, Moore's and McCallum's of this world. I don't think his footwork quite matches up that of for example SRR and Ali either, for example.

For me he had very good technique, but not quite up there with the ATG technicians. Your thoughts?
He had problems with the taller,rangy Thomas Hearns. On the whole he was pretty well gifted,technically. As you say though,he had weaknesses that certain types could exploit.
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