The defensive skills of Roberto Duran and Dwight Muhammad Qawi

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  1. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Who do you think has better defense? IMO these 2 were the most skilled pressure fighters in terms of defense and counter punching ability.

     
  2. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Full Member

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    Duran. He had more dimensions whereas Braxton had great head movement Duran had mastered every aspect of the defensive game and combined it seamlessly with his offense. Not to cut Braxton short and I dont mean to imply all he had was head movement I'm just saying he wasnt a true master of the craft like Duran. He was damn good though especially considering how late he started boxing.
     
  3. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I agree 100% with what you wrote. With that said, the clip of Qawi standing in front of Leon Spinks smiling and slipping all of his punches is a reminder of how truly special Qawi was.
     
  4. PhillyPhan69

    PhillyPhan69 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Wierd I don’t really think of Qawi as a pressure fighter, although he could slip into and out of that mode. I certainly don’t see him as a pressure fighter in the mold of Duran. I think his size makes people want to put him in this group.

    I do think his defense sometimes goes under the radar. I do think he was a great counter puncher with a great counter jab especially when we factor in size and reach.

    Before his fight with Spinks Braxton said of his style: “I am a counter puncher who makes people pay for thier mistakes”.

    Rock Newman: “people have the wrong impression of Braxton's style.

    'Somehere along the line, some people have gotten the misconception that he's a brawler. He's a boxer.”
     
  5. roughdiamond

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  7. Clinton

    Clinton Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Great ****ing post. Cheers
     
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  8. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

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    Cracking post, smashed it out the park
     
  9. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Boxing Junkie Full Member

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  10. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Liston was good, but no "Tire Iron" Jones Full Member

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    One wonders what a terror Duran could have been if he'd jumped up weight classes with the methods Pacquiao used.
     
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  11. Journeyman92

    Journeyman92 Resident Gadfly Full Member

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    Roberto Duran was class. Qawi was good for a bigger guy but not “good” when you take a wider gaze or on the same level as Roberto. But I’m just a guy watching I’m probably wrong.
     
  12. Philly161

    Philly161 "Fundamentals are the crutch of the talentless" Full Member

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    Any reason you won't refer to qawi by his chosen name?
     
  13. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Full Member

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    Duran was the all around master
    Braxton was slick though