You described it exactly. Kids that can think in the ring are usually the ones who go the farthest. I think you have put into words exactly what the kids do who "anticipate" - they make it happen. Some are many moves ahead. Of course, those moves work best against good fighters. The fighters who are not good are hard to anticipate. It's like a story I read from an old football book. The guy who wrote the book played right guard in the 60s and when his team would run a sweep to the left, he would pull and lead the sweep. The good defensive tackles and linebackers would see him pull and they would anticipate the sweep and run to their right toward the sweep. So the next step would be to have the guard pull, then the DT and LB would move to their right leaving a hole where the guard pulled, and then run a back through the hole that was left. This worked well until they played against a DT who wasn't "good." He just stayed there and the running back ran into him. Same type thing can happen in boxing.