"The boxing guy" is just posing for a photograph, but Sullivan's form as a fighter was good enough to rise to the top of the sport (both in bare knuckle and glove fighting) and stay there throughout the 1880s. The "Boston Strongboy" was a badass - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_L._Sullivan
Originally Posted by TehDeadlyDimMak
The rules and techniques of boxing were different in the late 1800s to those of the modern sport and there isn't a lot of point in judging one by the standard of the other.
Last edited by DdlR; 8/01/2006 12:25am at .
He's from Boston?
In that case he has great form... and he's also very good looking.
[I WANT THE SAME PANTS].
Another thing is that with his hands down like that, it looks a bit like the modern MMA's guard: not too high in case someone takes you down. They're still a bit lower in that pic tho.
Oh and by the way, if _ing _un's guard is like the old prize fighter's guard, maybe in a hundred of years their guard will look like the modern boxing's one?
In MMA you shouldn't drop your hands any more, but you should fight from a lower stance in preparation to sprawl. The low hands you see often in MMA isn't recommended. Given fighters like Liddell fight with their hands low, but not everyone is Liddell.
I didn't mean drop your hands, but more like having lowered hands instead of the traditional boxing stance, or something.
That's a good point - old-school prize fighters could throw their opponents, although the throws were standing trips and hip turns rather than leg dives.
Originally Posted by Sokaku
The main reasons for their upright stance was because they fought bare-knuckle and really, really didn't want to get punched in the face, and also they couldn't hide behind gloves, so they used distance (hence upright stance, extended lead hand with a slight backward lean). That said, there was a lot of variation and personal preference in their guard positions, depending on the individual's physique etc.
That would be Karl Godwin. Not sure how accurate the theory is, though I'd have to give it more creedence than the usual WC origin story.
Originally Posted by DdlR