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Old 05-26-2012, 02:00 PM
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For the most part, fighters typically stay the same throughout their careers. They can change trainers all they want but it seems most of the time they resort back to what they've always been. Sure there are plenty of guys who fine tune and improve their game, but rarely do you see a guy who completely changes his style in their career (a brawler becoming a great boxer, etc.).

What are some examples of fighters who changed their style and were successful at it?
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Old 05-26-2012, 02:06 PM
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George Foreman springs to mind. His style was pretty much polar opposite when he returned. Obviously a vastly different fighter though.

Emile Griffith was much less aggressive and willing to push the offence at times after the 3rd Paret fight but he didn't really change his style.

Barrera's another one.
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When Marvin Hagler goes from brawler to boxer in the minds of enlightened individuals.

Muhammad Ali is another, still "boxed from the outside" if you like but, the approach was very, very different.
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Honeyghan changed his style completely after the Curry fight.

Wilfredo Gomez changed his style in the 80s (can't really pick a specific fight) from being a boxer - puncher to much more like a brawler.

Wlad K, a more recent one, changed his style drastically when he got with Steward.

Macho Camacho after the Rosario fight.

Most drastic ones I can think of off the dome.

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duran

pacquiao

hopkins

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virtually every great fighter has adapted his style as his he's aged and moved up in weight.

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Honeyghan changed his style completely after the Curry fight.

Wilfredo Gomez changed his style in the 80s (can't really pick a specific fight) from being a boxer - puncher to much more like a brawler.

Wlad K, a more recent one, changed his style drastically when he got with Steward.

Macho Camacho after the Rosario fight.

Most drastic ones I can think of off the dome.
I was going to say Camacho aswell.

Good shout on Gomez.
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duran

pacquiao
hopkins
both klitschkos
marquez
barrera
morales
charles



virtually every great fighter has adapted his style as his he's aged and moved up in weight.
I'm not talking about fighters getting old though. That happens.

Most of these guys I say "fine tuned" there styles or changed a bit as they got older. Hopkins for example isn't drastically different, he simply got old and slowed down his pace dramatically. He's been using the same techniques and trickery he did when he was in his 20's/30's, just his workrate is low.

Pacquiao is just a more fined tuned fighter and less wild, he's more controlled.

Marquez isn't drastically different imo at all.

Vitali fights pretty similar he's just older now.

barrera is a pretty good example
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I'm not talking about fighters getting old though. That happens.

Most of these guys I say "fine tuned" there styles or changed a bit as they got older. Hopkins for example isn't drastically different, he simply got old and slowed down his pace dramatically. He's been using the same techniques and trickery he did when he was in his 20's/30's, just his workrate is low.

Pacquiao is just a more fined tuned fighter and less wild, he's more controlled.

Marquez isn't drastically different imo at all.

Vitali fights pretty similar he's just older now.

barrera is a pretty good example


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