[quote]Robert A wrote:
I am going to go against the grain and say that you should watch tape of fairly conventional fighters that made it with fundamentals, as opposed to phenoms who are one of a kind talents. Under no circumstances should you watch and try to imitate Ali, Mayweather Jr., Whitaker, Willy Pep, George Foreman (the young stage), Ken Norton, Roy Jones Jr., etc.
The slick amazing performances take a unique set of attributes and skill. The rules of boxing also play a large part in their success. I am a believer that the “text-book” was written for a reason and especially for the more wide open world of MMA.
I do not mean this as a shot, I just assume that people are the rule, not the exception until proven otherwise.
General advice is to learn to work your jab. It is an amazing punch. Learn to set things up with it.
I consider Joe Louis possibly the greatest heavyweight of all time, and a very useful model.
Joe Louis Tribute Part 1 - YouTube
In order to make better recommendations I have a couple questions.
1.) Are you usually taller or shorter than your opponents?
2.) Are you more of a power puncher, a speed puncher, both, neither?
3.) Do you fight right or left side forward? If you know the handedness of your opponent please say so.
4.) What is your best punch? Hardest punch? Punch you like throwing the most?
5.) What is your best combination?
6.) How do you hold your hands in a guard?
1.) At this weight classes in cutting down to, i will be average height, 5’10 will get me both tallers and shorters fighters.
2.) I would say more of a power puncher, i don’t have the speed i had as a 155lbs anymore, but for the level i fight in i have above average punching power.
3.)I am left handed and he is right handed.
4.)My best punch would be my left straight, years from karate made it very solid, but people always commented that my left upper is a good one, but i don’t feel confident with uppers unless on clinch.
5.)I guess it would be the basic. Jab, Straight followed by a low-kick.
6.) I am training with my guard uphigh, but on my last fight, from karate background, i do have a tendency to let the guard a little under the chin if i’m lacking gas, not high muay-thai like, but around my chin, is a good height for parry and go for the counter, at least for me.
I think the greatest advantage i have from karate background is the footwork, i’m used to moving around and getting in and out without exposing myself to open-up brawls like many muay thai fighters here at Brazil use to do.
see? most of muay thai fighters here just stand & bang, they just move forward and back aggressively and with a huge gas tank, like rock’em sock’em robots.