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Old 10-03-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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Default Sugar Ray Robinson's defense

Just how good was SRR's D? Was he very good at avoiding punches with upper body movement, slipping, parrying, blocking, and using footwork? Or was he defensively limited but his great offense and chin helped him get away with it?
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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Very good imo.Hes never going to unhittable with a balanced style like that, but he always knew where he was and didn't often get hit with stupid punches or into situations where he was taking shots he didn't see.

Easier to tag with a sneaky jab than heavier punches.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:17 PM   #3
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Good enough, though I don't know I'd categorize it as a particular strength as I would with say, Duran; Robinson was a phenomenal athlete and would be today, as he was then. He had outstanding movement, speed and reflexes which in addition to his boxing ability (or vice versa), made him almost impossible for his contemporaries. He could slip and evade shots on the strength of the former alone. Add to the fact he had dynamite in both hands and one of the greatest chins of all-time.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:34 PM   #4
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He had a good pocket defense. Robinson was able to also use his feet to get out of danger. He was an aggressive offensvie fighter and he took alot of chances so he got hit more than he wouldve had he been a cautious fighter.
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