Do people mix up durability problems with offensive style?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by 70sFan865, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Ii6 Full Member

    May 30, 2019
    Sometimes I wonder if offensive fighters aren't underrated in terms of chin and overall durability here. Quick example: most people call Holmes very durable fighter (and rightfully so) while calling Louis chin weak. We have to keep in mind though that Louis pressured the action, fought within smaller margins of error and had more agressive style.

    Why chins of fighters like Fitzsimmons, Moore, Louis, Frazier or even Holyfield sometimes are questioned when they always kept coming against the most powerful fighters in the world and still weren't knocked out?
  2. Eddie Ezzard

    Eddie Ezzard Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 19, 2016
    By the same token, great chins are sometimes the product of excellent defence. Oliver McCall refers to himself as a defensive specialist (presumably he missed the Lewis rematch) when explaining his dentproof chin. It might be a case of tucking the chin and being braced as much as a titanium plated jaw. Likewise, hanging your chin out and not biting down because you're trying to batter your opponent might actually be what a glass jaw gets mistaken for.

    Not doubting the stength of Hagler's chin but its sturdiness was undoubtedly helped by his compact defence.
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