Puzzled By Henry Armstrong’s Fighting Style

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  1. Mendoza

    Mendoza Hrgovic = Next Heavyweight champion of the world. Full Member

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    By outworking, I mean punches thrown, and roughing / grappling in the clinches combined. I never saw his punch stats.
     
  2. Eddie Ezzard

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    Advantage Pat M.

    Game, set and match, Pat M.
     
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  3. roughdiamond

    roughdiamond Ridin' the rails Full Member

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    He would also bring his head upwards from down low into his opponents head slot, which would make any opponent trying to crouch or bend straighten up, then Hank could apply his pressure on the sides, head on the opponents right shoulder for left body shots and hooks (like Olivares), on the left shoulder for conventional inside defence and uppercuts (like Duran). A very wrestler like tactic; Chavez was also a master at it, but Armstrong is unique in how he seamlessly juggled all three head positions constantly.
     
  4. Blaxx

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    Just in case you haven't watched these. Very good analyses of Armstrong's style. He did so many things at a very high level that he gets underrated for.
     
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  5. Jel

    Jel Reserving the right to be inconsistent Full Member

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    From the footage I've seen of him that's widely available, he seems a master at getting his opponent to fight his fight. Ross, Ambers, Garcia - they are all forced into unnatural fighting positions, their own work smothered. Armstrong uses his shoulders (and his head) to keep them on the back foot perpetually.

    If he was around today, I don't think he would be able to use that style because he would be constantly at risk of being docked points or being disqualified for using his head too much.
     
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  6. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Ii6 Full Member

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    **** off with any refs that wouldn't give Armstrong fighting his fight, it's a beautiful boxing. Purest infighting imaginable.
     
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  7. McGrain

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    There isn't a lot of Armstrong footage, sadly, but is he ever discouraged by a punch on what exists? I don't think he is. It's like he's able to operate totally independently of the punches he takes. That's what makes him unique on film, for me.

    But we don't have that much film. So who knows really.
     
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  8. Jel

    Jel Reserving the right to be inconsistent Full Member

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    No argument from me on that!
     
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