Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Showstopper97, Apr 28, 2021.
Name some fighters with underrated defense
Some of mine are:
To add to others already mentioned list
Tyson's defense are rated about right IMO. The extremly underrated thing about him was his stamina, in his prime he was no Frazier or Marciano but it was certainly better than foreman's and Morrison's
Joey Archer and Sven Ottke. Both of those guys were excellent outside fighters that had an understanding of dictating range. What the lacked in power they more than made up for in ring IQ and defensive ability. Neither man was ever knocked out and were very rarely hurt.
Most think of him as a punching bag when it comes to defense but he was far from it.
Yea real annoying myth, I think most of it came from raging bull and just how good his chin was.
Roberto Duran (though I think most people now acknowledge how beautiful his defense was)
Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Louis - they were very attacking but their defense was obviously also really good and embedded into their attack so that it's not so immediately noticeable. SRR used his footwork and athleticism more whereas Joe Louis parried very well and his textbook stance put him away from most danger.
Jake La Motta
Basically a lot of offensive minded boxers are type cast and their defensive nuances go under the radar