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> Skilled Boxing Verses "Running", How Do The Fighers Influence The Perception of These Terms?
Jack 1000
post Apr 14 2013, 06:49 PM
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In my view,

I think that today's generation is so accustomed to the brawling, slugging mentality, that we are seeing a trend of masterful boxers being booed and accused of running. I personally think that a masterful boxing is one who can employ the strategy of hit and not be hit. Jab, stick and move show the ability to dodge punches. A boxer defined as a "runner" refuses to engage, goes into a track meet, and does not try to win.

However, masterful boxers of the past like Pep, Ali, Leonard, Nelson, Whitaker were never accused of running, even though sometimes that had to run a little bit as part of the master boxing plan. However, because Ali and Leonard were master showmen, who were often loved, sometimes hated, with often no middle-ground, they could be forgiven for anything they did because of who they were.

Boxers like Mayweather and Hopkins are often criticized not only because of their personality, but because they don't brawl. Would today's generation of most fans and writers of boxing find Pep, Ali, and Leonard "boring?" Has boxing gotten to the point where so many fighters who don't brawl are considered "runners?"

Could elusive boxing be influencing judges in a negative way, where judges are thinking "effective aggressiveness has to involve brawling?" If a boxer is not coming forward, they think he should be punished for that? Is ineffective aggression being overly praised where the boxer is coming forward and throwing, but punches aren't landing?

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Jovi
post Apr 14 2013, 08:56 PM
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I know people used to hate on Leonard for "running" around the ring, Duran and Hagler hated him. alot of people still hate on Mayweather for "running away" as of now. Rigondeaux will be the new target for the excuse.

I think it has to do with if a fan is actually a fighter or not. Only boxers can appreciate styles like Mayweather/Rigondeaux/Ward/Leonard/etc. We know that the name of the game if hit and don't get hit. Getting hit by someone who knows how to punch is never something that to look forward to. To the untrained eye a boxing match is just 2 guys in a ring fighting trying to knock each other out. They don't know how much it takes to walk into that ring, to be ready for battle, to be training day in and day out for combat. And when you're in the arena, how its a mind game, keeping your eye on the opponent, picking the right punches, having the right game plan.

what i noticed from the people who are casual fans which think its just about brawling are the people who "Dont know shit about boxing". The real hardcore fans who appreciate the technique and skills are the people who are train in boxing or have grown up around it.

....PS i think this is were Broner and Mayweather differ from each other, Broner for the most part stands toe-to-toe with his opponent, doesn't do a lot of the dancing or circling his opponent. I guess he hasn't really needed to yet though. At least from what Ive seen
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