QUOTE (JonnyBlaze @ Sep 29 2010, 01:36 AM)
Clinches are strategic when used properly..In Holyfield/Tyson,Holyfield used clinches as strategy,not to just clinch..
Is it a lost art??I think it might be..It isn't used as strategy as much as it is for fear or being a bitch and not wanting punches coming back at you..Also,you need to know how to clinch..Most guys just hug and don't know what they're doin..Ray Robinson and Louis showed how to fight out of a clinch and how to make room for punches,especially uppercuts..If Tyson tried to clinch Louis,he'd be getting hit with BRUTAL uppercuts..Louis was good at timing guys coming in to clinch and if they did get in,he knew how to roll his shoulder which would create the space that wasn't there before..
Louis could really work a clench, my favorite is SRR though. Sugar could be brutal in a clench. I remember in SRR/LaMotta VI SRR had Jake a little dazed and wrapped him up with one hand, turned their backs to the ref and was just pounding Jake to the face with his free hand. Such a totally vicious display of boxing skills.
Louis would often just hold you with his gloves and move you around by pushing on you, attack the midsection, and could block your punch and separate by pushing with his free hand and moving his arm out to parry your punch. There are a lot of subtle things that really make him the GOAT.