I found a lengthy article on bloodyelbow.com promising to analyze the technical aspects of boxing for MMA and for pure boxers. I was fascinated by Scott Lawlor’s explanations and thought I would repost on my blog, a small portion of his analysis.
Straight Boxing Tutorial for MMA Fans
There was so much listed, I’ve decided to respond to the various methods he explained in a blog post instead of dominating the comment stream. Plus, it’s hard to read it all in one go. I’ve re-visited his post several times to digest and memorize what he says about particular moves. It’s like taking a “boxing for sparring” class.
Fight Analysis – Mayweather vs McGregor
“Does Conor McGregor have the ability to dethrone the greatest boxer alive today? In this article I will thoroughly analyze the boxing techniques and tendencies of both men in order to paint a picture of how this super fight may play out.” Scott Lawlor
Scott Lawlor fulfilled his promise to the reader with an encyclopedic fight analysis that helped me to understand what to look for, on the boxing side, of this much-anticipated battle.
You can find the full article in the bloodyelbow fanpost section. Scott’s post is beautifully written, using the technical language of fighting, with lots of GIF examples (published on June 14, 2017).
Will his predictions and fight analysis play out on August 26, 2017 when “Mystic Mac” Conor McGregor representing MMA meets Floyd “Money” Mayweather, in the ring, for a boxing only challenge?
All of the boxing analysis is taken from Fight Analysis – Mayweather vs. McGregor
- “The difference here is that Mayweather feels more comfortable at long-range and will ideally wait for the counter to present itself naturally, due to the openings present in his opponent’s attack. While McGregor prefers to pressure his opponents into giving him the openings — by exposing the predictable responses his opponents have to his reach advantage and lead hand control.” Scott Lawlor
- “The left hand becomes such an obvious response to his counter-intuitive movement that opponents get lured into throwing it, only for Mayweather to anticipate this by slipping the shot and escaping or landing a counter punch.” Scott Lawlor
The GIFs he chose really illustrate his points well:
There’s so much more where that came from. If you want to nerd-out and get the low-down on great boxing technique to increase your appreciation for the “who would win in a pure boxing vs boxing for MMA battle”, then check out Scott Lawlor’s post.
Because of Scott’s explanations, I’m seeing things I didn’t see before. I might actually become a boxing fan after all this studying of the finer points of how a boxer moves.