By Dar Mead
Many boxing fans prefer a certain style of fighter when they watch boxing, they either like the high action fighters like Manny Pacquiao who’ll throw a lot of punches and go for the finish or slick scientific boxers like Floyd Mayweather Jr. who will usually fight to decisions but rarely get hit in a fight. And you have those who appreciate almost all styles of boxing.
I happen to appreciate most fighting styles, but I favor someone who goes for the finish like Pacquiao or Tyson. If Floyd Mayweather Jr. actually threw more combination punches and took chances he would be one of the most exciting fighters today because his punches are so sharp and accurate, same can be said for light heavyweight boxer Chad Dawson, who seems too conservative when he fights, but also has great boxing technique.
Just because you are a technical defensive fighter doesn’t mean you cannot be exciting. If you combine good defensive technique with more a offensive arsenal you will be very crowd pleasing, a boxer-puncher, like Sugar Ray Robinson, Terry Norris, Julian Jackson, Thomas Hearns, and Alexis Arguello. Look at Sugar Ray Leonard he had good defense but also liked to throw a lot of punches in his fights.
Some good boxer-puncher/ counter-punchers are Muhammad Ali, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricardo Lopez, Lennox Lewis to name a few.
Some people prefer the grinders or swarmers — guys who don’t have the prettiest style but will get hit and hit back. A lot of Mexican and blue collar American fight fans love these pressure fighters like Marvin Hagler, Aaron Pryor, Julio Cesar Chavez, Roberto Duran, Alfredo Angulo, Antonio Margarito, fighters that like to dig into your chest for the whole 12 rounds with a non-stop barrage of punches.
You also have the boxer-punchers that are explosive high action combination punchers like Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson, Sugar Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Andre Berto these guys catch you with very explosive combos and use their quick hand and foot speed in spurts to confuse you can catch you off guard.
The only style that I notice the majority of fight fans don’t particularly like is the hug, hold and hit style of a John Ruiz, Andre Ward, and Ricky Hatton.
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