Underrated Defense

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  1. Showstopper97

    Showstopper97 The Icon Full Member

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    Name some fighters with underrated defense
    Some of mine are:
    Liston
    Frazier
    Cotto
    Pacquiao
    Marquez
     
  2. JackSilver

    JackSilver Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Tyson
    Hagler
    Mike Spinks
    Jones Jr.
     
  3. Gazelle Punch

    Gazelle Punch Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Wlad
    Marciano
    To add to others already mentioned list
     
  4. Stiches Yarn

    Stiches Yarn Active Member Full Member

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    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
     
  5. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    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.
     
  6. Young Terror

    Young Terror ★ Griselda ★ Full Member

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    Jake Lamotta.

    Most think of him as a punching bag when it comes to defense but he was far from it.
     
  7. George forearm

    George forearm The forearm of George Full Member

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    Yea real annoying myth, I think most of it came from raging bull and just how good his chin was.
     
  8. Blaxx

    Blaxx Member Full Member

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    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
    Henry Armstrong

    Basically a lot of offensive minded boxers are type cast and their defensive nuances go under the radar