Which Boxers Had Underrated Defense

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Joeywill, Nov 28, 2021.

  1. Joeywill

    Joeywill Member Full Member

    Aug 2, 2021
    Which fighters do you think were better defensively than given credit for.
  2. MarkusFlorez99

    MarkusFlorez99 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jan 13, 2021
  3. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    Sonny Liston was a very good defensive heavyweight with a very versatile defense.

    Most caught up on Michael Spinks when he slipped up to Heavyweight but his defense was superb well before that. If you put peak Spinks against a frightening guy like Foster you'd see him ramp up his awareness and defensive effectiveness due to the situation dictating just that.
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  4. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 16, 2018
    When people think of George Foreman they think of his power but his defense was really good especially during his comeback. As slow as he was when he was in his 40's he was never knocked out despite facing brutal punchers like Moorer, Holyfield, Briggs, Morrison and Cooney due to his very underrated defensive abilities.

    Watch videos of his comeback when he used that cross arm defense when guys got close to negate hooks and uppercuts and at range, he was great at simply sticking his arms out (mummy guard) to blind dudes and keep them at range or deflect oncoming straight punches like jabs and straight rights. For a guy with little speed he certainly made use of his arms a lot like a slower fighter should.
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  5. MarkusFlorez99

    MarkusFlorez99 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jan 13, 2021
    Also Manny Pacquiao i guess
  6. Jpreisser

    Jpreisser Active Member Full Member

    Jan 29, 2015
    Johnny Dundee. He wasn't a puncher, had 330+ fights, and was only stopped twice.
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  7. Pugguy

    Pugguy Active Member Full Member

    Aug 22, 2021
    Joe Louis. The subtleties of his highly effective defensive measures are often overshadowed by the brilliance of his more dramatic offensive executions.
  8. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Boxing Addict Full Member

    May 30, 2019
    Louis defense is very underrated on this forum!
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  9. ETM

    ETM I thought I did enough to win. Full Member

    Mar 19, 2012
    Just recently I've come to appreciate Julio Cesar Chavez's defensive ability. It was subtle bit he blocked well and moved his head better than given credit for.
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  10. META5

    META5 Active Member Full Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Marciano - slips, parries, weaves, coming in low, broken rhythms and leaning away from jabs - by no means greatest and he could get tagged, but better than given credit for.
  11. Devon

    Devon Well-Known Member Full Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    Foreman, Tarver, McCallum, Golovkin, Jack, just because they aren’t defensive wizards, and not doing fancy shoulder rolls and hands down avoiding 10 punches and showboating, they don’t get recognized as good defensive fighters, you rarely seen any of these hurt in their career, they’re tight and responsible defensively and people don’t really take note of that
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  12. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

    Mar 3, 2019
    I completely, 100% agree on McCallum, he had an excellent defence and it's clear to see how effective it was in contrast to the flashier guy in his first fight with Toney.
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  13. scandcb

    scandcb Active Member Full Member

    Jun 9, 2020
    Duran and Chavez Snr.
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  14. HandsOfSt0ned

    HandsOfSt0ned New Member Full Member

    Sep 6, 2021
    Roman Gonzalez and Golovkin currently, from the past, Jake Lamotta, i dont know if it is underrated but Roberto Duran to me is one of the best defensive boxers i seen, Chavez too.

    Most of the pressure boxers are the ones who doesnt get much credit for their defense.
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  15. mrkoolkevin

    mrkoolkevin Never wrestle with pigs or argue with fools Full Member

    Jan 30, 2014
    Maybe Duran, though his defensive abilities aren't really underrated so much as they're overlooked.