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Old 02-09-2013, 12:35 PM   #1
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A lot of the guys from the late 1800s until the mid 20's kept their guard low, I've always wondered if it was because the fights went so many rounds, as you might know keeping your guard up in a grueling fight alone is beyond intense. Ive always wondered if it just was customary because it was so grueling to keep their hands up for that many rounds as they fought. Thats what i've always thought.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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I always hear people say the sport evolved, which it definitely did in some ways, but I think it was too hard to keep a high guard for as long as their fights went
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:39 PM   #3
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they usually came out for the first round with their hands low................
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:45 PM   #4
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I know. I'm saying they I think they perfected the low guard stance an worked strictly out of it because they went so long. they adapted to it. doubt they would come out with a high guard an just switch to a low guard as soon as they got gassed, wel not all of them. Alot of them probably could use a hgh gurad but most of their skills were built around low hand placement. All comes down to the number of rounds. As time went on an roundswent down the guards got higher in most cases. I know its a weird topic but its just my opinion watching them
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they usually came out for the first round with their hands low................
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:49 PM   #5
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I remember going onto a website called "tysontalk" years ago...was a bunch of mike tyson nut lickers who thought boxing only really began in 1986..anyhow..they had a thread about the low guard. The general consensus was that "old time" fighters just didnt know how to fight, and were not smart enough to try boxing with their hands up.
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Lol yeah. I think they just didnt bother training or perfecting around a high guard because the fights went too long to keep that pace with it
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I remember going onto a website called "tysontalk" years ago...was a bunch of mike tyson nut lickers who thought boxing only really began in 1986..anyhow..they had a thread about the low guard. The general consensus was that "old time" fighters just didnt know how to fight, and were not smart enough to try boxing with their hands up.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:58 PM   #7
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Lol yeah. I think they just didnt bother training or perfecting around a high guard because the fights went too long to keep that pace with it
I think you had some fighters who used a high guard....and of course plenty of guys who use a low guard today.


I tend to think a low guard actually takes more skill..it also has its advantages....you can slip shots and than come up with counters out of "nowhere".
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:03 PM   #9
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My stance is you can **** around with the left...but keep that right at your chin.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:16 PM   #11
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Vlad fights with his left dangling down all the time and so does David Haye guess it makes them feel less restricted/a bit freer - obviously they're confident in their abilities to anticipate anything coming in good time to avoid it
Or block sufficiently with their right hand - but yeah I'd say it was a combination of not wanting your arms to feel like lead and then be forced to dropping them through sheer pain and landing yourself in real trouble and also the freedom of movement I guess
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:24 PM   #12
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Yeah, thatīs what some people say about the old timers.....but honestly, it didnīt change that much, most of the guys today also donīt keep their hands high that much....
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high guards...relying on ear muffs..also works better as gloves get bigger.....so sparring it works a bit better than a fight.
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Yeah, thatīs what some people say about the old timers.....but honestly, it didnīt change that much, most of the guys today also donīt keep their hands high that much....
only time you really saw it being real common was in the wake of tyson..when allot of guys copied the high guard peek a boo style. However, that style has its own draw backs.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:28 PM   #15
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Smaller gloves meaning blocking punches with your arms meant they would get bruised. (not a funny feeling)
Longer rounds.
Lack of knowledge.

Factors...factors

Probably smaller gloves is the biggest reason
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