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Old 07-17-2007, 01:13 PM   #16
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Winky doesn´t commit fully to his punches because of his defense first style. If he would risk more, imo he would have some KOs and TKOs more but he also would be countered more often. Against Hopkins i think he has to open up a little more because Hopkins will negate his best weapon, the jab, and so he has to throw more power punches, we will see if he then also commits fully to his punches.
I just viewed footage of him for the first time, and find this an accurate assessment.

He sacrifices power for speed and safety. He doesn't extend, doesn't rip the canvas with his toes, doesn't follow through with his shoulders and hip rotation, and also probably doesn't telegraph much. He appears to prefer high volume and low risk in his punching technique. That style of punching also involves a minimal expenditure of energy. This means he can readily beat opponents to the punch when they're trying to load up, and if he misses, his hands never stray so far away from "home" that he can't bring them back in time to defend himself. Because his punches travel such a short distance, he could successfully neutralize any speed advantage an adversary might possess. He seems very economical in his approach.

Wright appears to be an example of somebody who wouldn't need to resort to growth enhancing substances to continue being successful at an advanced age. He looks to be pretty good at continually keeping his fists in an opponent's face, especially that southpaw jab. (You can't hit what you can't see.) He doesn't come across to me as a boxer who invests much in his punches. Very savy at making his opposition work harder than he does.

I don't know how strong his hands are, but mechanically, he could indeed improve his punching power a great deal, if he had any interest in doing so. However, if it's not broken, why fix it?

Facing him in the ring must be an enormously frustrating experience. He doesn't use the sort of running style which take a heavy toll on the legs.

Hopkins will need to hook to Wright's body, but he'll have to be able to do it blindly, with a glove in his face, if the clips I saw are any indication, or get underneath that southpaw jab so he can see his target and take clear aim.

That should be an interesting contest for contemporary boxing fans.
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Old 07-21-2007, 03:19 AM   #17
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I agree with your assessment of Winky's style and his strengths/weaknesses, economic is a good word.

I am backing him to a points victory over the larger 'executioner' and cant wait for the fight!

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I just viewed footage of him for the first time, and find this an accurate assessment.

He sacrifices power for speed and safety. He doesn't extend, doesn't rip the canvas with his toes, doesn't follow through with his shoulders and hip rotation, and also probably doesn't telegraph much. He appears to prefer high volume and low risk in his punching technique. That style of punching also involves a minimal expenditure of energy. This means he can readily beat opponents to the punch when they're trying to load up, and if he misses, his hands never stray so far away from "home" that he can't bring them back in time to defend himself. Because his punches travel such a short distance, he could successfully neutralize any speed advantage an adversary might possess. He seems very economical in his approach.

Wright appears to be an example of somebody who wouldn't need to resort to growth enhancing substances to continue being successful at an advanced age. He looks to be pretty good at continually keeping his fists in an opponent's face, especially that southpaw jab. (You can't hit what you can't see.) He doesn't come across to me as a boxer who invests much in his punches. Very savy at making his opposition work harder than he does.

I don't know how strong his hands are, but mechanically, he could indeed improve his punching power a great deal, if he had any interest in doing so. However, if it's not broken, why fix it?

Facing him in the ring must be an enormously frustrating experience. He doesn't use the sort of running style which take a heavy toll on the legs.

Hopkins will need to hook to Wright's body, but he'll have to be able to do it blindly, with a glove in his face, if the clips I saw are any indication, or get underneath that southpaw jab so he can see his target and take clear aim.

That should be an interesting contest for contemporary boxing fans.
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