Defensive boxers are those “slick” boxers who usually make their opponents miss and punish them for doing so. They might throw less punches overall and are seen to be “technicians” more than anything else. Here, I analyze the greatest boxers known for their defensive mastery.
If you think about which defensive techniques are more spectator-friendly, you can get a rough idea about which of these techniques are viewed as better than other ones. This is where the idea of Passive and Active defense comes in.
This article covers a defensive tactic called “The Pull-Slip,” an effective maneuver for discouraging your opponent from proceeding.
The pendulum step is a rhythmic, quick back-and-forth step and is useful for amateur boxing.
Parrying is a defensive maneuver, where you swipe your opponent’s punch away.
An L-step is a distinctive step that boxers take to quickly move laterally. Moving laterally is necessary if you want to find more angles and openings for your shots.
This article offers some guidelines for blocking in boxing. For rookies and seasoned boxers, blocking is probably the easiest active defense there is. Along with being relatively easy, it is probably the most effective active defense there is. What more could you ask for?
Slipping punches is the most basic form of dodging, at least in boxing. It is not easy to get wrong, but some would-be boxers manage to mess it up. However, when it is done successfully, for a brief moment it makes you look untouchable.