How come HW fights so rarely end via body shot?

Discussion in 'World Boxing Forum' started by Curlew, Mar 25, 2023.

  1. Curlew

    Curlew Member Full Member

    Dec 11, 2020
    Lower technique levels? More padding? What gives?
  2. FrankinDallas

    FrankinDallas Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jul 24, 2004
    Padding. No use hitting fat slobs like Ruiz, Fury, Big Baby in the gut.
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  3. ertwin

    ertwin Active Member Full Member

    Aug 2, 2016
    the higher the weight class the more the long range matters.
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  4. miniq

    miniq Big Stiff Idiot banned Full Member

    Oct 23, 2011

    They can be hurt to the body though

    Heavies rarely find a path for powershots to the body. especially hooks. Inside fighting at HW is basically clinchwork or getting stuck behind a high guard and letting a little fat man like Ruiz batter you (AJ)

    Fury whips in some great hooks to the body at range for a big man...when he can.

    Joyce works the body well if you let him get in distance.
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  5. DoubleJab666

    DoubleJab666 Dot, dot, dot... Full Member

    Nov 9, 2015
    Too tempting to head-hunt when the power is there to put lights out with a single punch. Most decent HW, merely because of their size/weight, have the potential to end or, at least, turn a fight with a single shot to the head.

    Also, footwork. Fighters need to close the range to target the body and HWs are much slower to do this before getting wrapped up in the clinch. And closing the gap to target the body leaves a fighter vulnerable to a counter to the head. Which takes us back to my original point...
  6. Badbot

    Badbot I Am An Actual Pro. Full Member

    Apr 17, 2011
    Andy Ruiz landed a lot of fantastic body shots on Joshua that made Joshua drop his hands and try to take a breather.
  7. BenUndertheradar

    BenUndertheradar New Member Full Member

    Sep 25, 2022
    Joyce vs Hammer was a good one though.
  8. Dubblechin

    Dubblechin Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    The higher the weight, the higher some guys tend to pull up their trunks.

    Big Baby Miller's trunks were pulled up under his armpits so only his nipples were showing. ;)

    Fury does it, too.
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  9. YCGS

    YCGS Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 13, 2013
    When you throw body shots you are opening yourself up to a potential head shot and these dudes can BANG. It takes a decently placed bodyshot to really hurt a guy, whereas most bodyshots have this cumulative effect of draining stamina as you are essentially throwing off the dudes breathing rhythm.
    Even a glancing headshot at heavyweight can cause a flash kd or off balance situation.
  10. Redbeard7

    Redbeard7 Active Member Full Member

    Oct 9, 2022
    Ugonoh tried a concerted body attack on Breazeale in a fun shootout and paid the price for it:

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  11. highlander

    highlander Active Member Full Member

    Sep 26, 2017
    lennox vs holyfield 1- while that fight lewis clearly won, yeah, holyfield should have almost been disqualified for hitting below the nipples. lewis' trunks looked like he was wearing a breast plate they were so high.
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  12. highlander

    highlander Active Member Full Member

    Sep 26, 2017
    vasilly jirov carried his body shots over for his brief time at heavy weight. forget the fight, but he did knock out an opponent with a vicious left hook to the liver.
  13. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    To be fair though, during referee's instructions, Holyfield was told where he could hit.

    The "high shorts" thing is a bit of a fallacy.
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  14. highlander

    highlander Active Member Full Member

    Sep 26, 2017
    making a bit of a joke on it. :) but the trunks for lewis that night were a bit high.
    have a great day!
  15. chacal

    chacal F*** the new normal Full Member

    Jun 21, 2015
    The chances of knocking out a guy by hitting his head are so high at HW that it is not worth it to try to knock him out punching his liver.

    It is more risky and difficult to punch the liver than to punch the head.

    Punching the body is important though, but specially to create openings in your oponent's guard to be able to hit his head easier. Being Joe Louis the absolute master here, imho.