A couple of days ago, I trained two boxers in the ring and watched the same scenario for the thousandth time. One fighter, striking many blows, rushed forward, and the other retreated, fighting off a long jab. This second one tried to keep his perfect boxing technique, but could not cope with the pressure of the opponent-brawler.
I begged this boxer to stop beating off the jab and start giving back. When the sparring was over, he asked me: “Why is my opponent winning?”
And this is what I answered him …
You can’t fight. You don’t know how to go for an exchange with blows and you prefer to run away than to strike. Your opponent kicks your ass because he is beating, and you are not. You must use your skills for battle, and not to avoid it. In short, you need to learn how to fight.
What is the difference between a “brawler” and a boxer? Answer: no.
This is boxing. Boxing and fighting are essentially the same thing. Many attribute boxers and “brawlers” to different styles, saying that the boxer is more skilled and the brawler is more aggressive.
In fact, these terms are relative. Take two of the fighters of different skill levels and you will see that one of them will look more like a boxer, and the other will look like a “brawler”. The Brawler will seem more aggressive as he tries to deliver more hits. A boxer will seem like a fighter who prefers defense, because he already knows how to strike.
The main goals of the fighter:
attack counterattack (defense + skills + attack)
The main goal is the attack. When you know how to beat, then you can think about using protection and other skills and abilities that will help in the attack. The goal of the “brawler” is an attack. The boxer is one step higher, because tries to attack and defend. When I see that my opponent is better than me in battle, I try to organize an exchange of blows. I concentrate on defense only when I know that I can beat my opponent.