What do knowledgeable people associate with geographic labels? How does a ‘Cuban’ boxer fight compared to a Russian, a Brit, a German? We are obviously talking anbout sterotypes to some extent. The only thing I have to offer is that Germans have been said to excessively round their shoulders forward as a deflective measure; I may be wrong though.[/quote]
Cuban boxers are genereally considered to be fleet footed technicians- ice cold on the offense. That is the stereotype.
In my experience of cubans, most box flat footed, but their movement is sublime. We must remeber that the Cubans that box outside of their country are the creme de la creme… coming from a terrific fighing infrastructure.
I have seen Rigondeaux train, spar anf ight first hand. The defense seems to be based primarily on movement, with a good defensive lead shoulder protecting the chin. The rear foot is distinctly to the rear and the front shoulder elevated. Rotation and angles are often sought by way of the rear foot, so as not sacrificing ground.
The British are often chalked down as the stereotypical European style. Very vertical, looking for long straight shots- the primary proponent of the 1-2. One note I must take on the British is that they are advocates of the static - or physical - defences. The parry, block, lever guard, the catch and the sweep were all traditionally in the brits armoury- and remain. In my opinion the British amateurs are among the best schooled in the world. Of course, for such a large nation there are huge diversities… Junior Witter is British and Martin Murray is British… where is the similarity?
One thing I’ve found with the English is that genetically they are a strong hard hitting people. I would go as far as to say they are stronger than my own people, but not matching us in grit.
For me the British have the best jab in the world.
The German style- for me was mastered by Felix Sturm; an unpopular but beautiful fighter. From mainland Europe I feel the represent the best in inside fighting. Stereotypically what one would expect is a high tight guard, with flat feet- primarily moving forward and looking to use the jab as a battering ram, to force the opponent to the ropes before unloading 3s and 4s. The German style is slower than many in terms of movement, but they cut the ring superbly and their hands move in flurries. It suits professional boxing and leave me with the somewhat insensitive metaphor of a tank slowly grinding its way towards a gory victory.
I think Germans- and I think uppercuts and hammering hooks with the knuckles faced toward the opponent.
The Russians… sinister speed, immaculate technique and terrific work ethic. Russians are the great whites of the boxing ocean. Opponents are prey and with the exception of the enigma Dimitry Pirog they seem to be aggressively minded. From first hand experience they seem to attack the body to open up the head.
They switch between head and body so smoothly it is a beauty to behold.
Many fighters do this by sacrificng the quality of their shots, but the Russians adjust from the feet and the corrections are so autononomous, they must drill them for endless hours.