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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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neophyte7
post Apr 15 2013, 07:19 AM
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Before MMA boxing was and still suffers from the "MIKE TYSON" SYNDROME---- MANY PEOPLE who "don't and didn't know shit about boxing can reference one name, MIKE TYSON-- people would often say I don't watch boxing much but I used to watch Mike Tyson----- TYson although in his prime had subtle skills besides his ferocious style, he etched BRAWLING INTO the stone of the PUBLIC mental. If they ain't bringing it Tyson style it is boring. ALSO credit analysts like LARRY MERCHANT who often criticized Floyd-- Hopkins-- MERCHANT WAS ALWAYS REFERRING TO HOPKINS AS BORING AND MAYWEATHER A RUNNER. COMMENTARY is responsible in big part for boxers being discredited as boring runners
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