Do you have more respect for defensive boxers after what’s happened to Stevenson?

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  1. blackbolt396

    blackbolt396 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    What do you think of Bhop?
     
  2. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Well-Known Member Full Member

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    You saw how Lara had to change his style and go toe to toe with Hurd and then got thrashed in the process? You have to see it in their perspective. If they’re style was built on avoiding getting hit why would they risk getting themselves hurt by fighting up front just to please the fans, especially if that’s not their style?
     
  3. bandeedo

    bandeedo quaecumque vera Full Member

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    all relative. it takes courage to take the subway in new york, but its not the same as walking down a gunman firing at you. i find it more courageous when an 8yo stands up to the bullies who have been preying on him, than i do a professional athlete competing in a controlled environment designed to limit the danger.
     
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  4. tinman

    tinman Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    He was a spoiler but he was no stranger to hard competition and a fight. Yes during his legendary reign he fought relatively weak competition or smaller guys.

    But this is a guy who fought the best of the best. Can you imagine Mayweather ever fighting a guy like a prime RJJ? He wouldnt touch somebody like that with a 10 foot pole.
     
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  5. tinman

    tinman Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Because like I said pro boxing is basically exploitation of the fighters by the fans. Lara, Ward, FMJ, Rigo. They tried to flip the script.
     
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  6. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I kind of figured that these would be some of the answers I would get. To each their own. There's defensive boxing that can be watchable (Farmer, Loma) and others that are unwatchable (Lara, Ward). But I don't blame fighters who prefer to rely on defense and fight safe, even if they can be hard to watch at times.
     
  7. Robney

    Robney ᴻᴼ ᴸᴼᴻᴳᴲᴿ ᴲ۷ᴵᴸ Full Member

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    No, maybe a bit more respect for offensive fighters who are willing to put it all on the line for our entertainment.
     
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  8. DonTyson

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    Boxing fans are fickle hypocrites. They want to see a guy step in the ring and go life and death trading blows for their entertainment. When the same fighter reaches his fifties he’s a “punch drunk fool who should stop talking” according to those same fans.

    Boxing is about not getting hit as much as it is inflicting damage on your opponent, it’s a brutal sport. When a fighter gets seriously injured we have an appreciation thread and everyone forgets about him after and get on with their lives. In other words they don’t really give a crap. If a fighter is smart enough to adopt a defensive style to have a career whilst preserving his health you can’t blame him for that. If I were a young fighter I’d definitely be going that way
     

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