The neck and trap musculature is very important but with most muscle the quality of the mass over the size of the mass is probably just as important. You want high quality, tightly knit muscle on the neck, not some kind of puffed up cotton candy that won’t truly protect you.
That being said a large, thick neck obviously helps people absorb blows.
Look at George Chuvalo, not only was the man never knocked out, he was never knocked off his feet. Never went down hard, now watching a lot of his matches he had amazing defense, his footwork/movement ensured that a lot of his blows were landing where HE wanted them to (the fore-head, the head) he very rarely got stiff shots to the chin, none the less when people ask Chuvalo about his ability to withstand powerful blows he points out that he had a thick neck, thick jaw muscles, and that he would spend 30minutes to an hour on the phone, just working his neck the entire time, all the time.
Allegedly a big powerful neck will help you take a shot to the head. It makes sense.
Allegedly big powerful jaw muscles that you can gain from chewing endless wads of gum, this makes less sense to me personally, but hey, it’s probably worth a try too.
Like Chuvalo points out, having a neck like a “stack of dimes” is probably going to get you knocked down.
if you plan to fight another human, working the neck would be very important and it would make little sense to avoid neck training minus some previous spinal injury, in which case fighting is probably a risky hobby.
Hell most people should train their necks better, it’s the reason we see a lot of people with spinal and neck problems in life. In areas where people have to do real labor in the day to day life, like carrying jugs of water or baskets of fruit on the head, they tend to have very good posture, very healthy and vital. the women even have some impressive neck and trap musculature from doing it so often.
a stronger neck is some-thing most people in general would do a lot better to have, to slow down the advance of disease, to improve quality of life, to lower the risk of injury through accident (having a built up neck can prevent some injuries in accidents)
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George Chuvalo was of CROATIAN descent,so THAT explains why he was never knocked out. ;))