More and more lately I'm watching videos of a young Tyson training and admiring the technical brilliance. I especially admire the way he'll have someone backpeddaling into the ropes and he'll leap across to their left side and unload. I know a lot of Amateur coaches who would chew you out for letting someone have a direct path of escape off of the ropes like that, but in my experience the more savvy guys will use the ropes to counter you as you come in, so Tyson's angles seem smart.
It's gotten to the point where I'm trying certain elements of his style in the gym, even though historically I've been a counter puncher working on the outside.
However I'm trying to understand the weaknesses of the style more. I've noticed traditional combos feel a little weird when combined with the high guard and head movement. As far as head movement goes, I can easily see how keeping the head moving creates a much harder target for guys who like to paw the jab out and dance. However, I'm also used to pulling my head out of the way at the last possible second to create a counter opportunity, so slipping left right left right right left bob weave bob every few seconds feels strange to say the least.
What do you notice when looking at this style?