Crawford vs. Brook: It’s Still Wait and See for TBC
SHEFFIELD, England - Unified junior welterweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford returned to the UK on Saturday night and walked away with a title. His victim, IBF welterweight champion Kell "Special K" Brook, now understands what most people facing Crawford learn: that a good start is just one step in your loss against the nastiest man […]

SHEFFIELD, England - Unified junior welterweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford returned to the UK on Saturday night and walked away with a title. His victim, IBF welterweight champion Kell "Special K" Brook, now understands what most people facing Crawford learn: that a good start is just one step in your loss against the nastiest man in Nebraska.

Or it could have been "Bud 'n' Brook" happened when their fight was less certain. Think back to 2016, before Brook had half of his face crushed by Gennadiy Golovkin and the other half by Errol Spence. At the time, no one, not even Brook, knew his ceiling as a fighter, that he was skillful enough to win a title but too fragile to endure the elite. Crawford would have shown it, anchored his face, painted it red. Crawford was a better version of himself at the time as well.

The following year, Crawford gutted Julius Indongo to become the undisputed junior welterweight champion. All the belts, Golovkin's supposed career ambition - remember that? Crawford did it in seven fights. We are encouraged to ignore alphabetical titles, often in favor of the belt or imprimatur of another organization (admittedly less harmful). It is a prescription that works in a vacuum; fighters covet titles - and who's someone to tell a man who's been through a nightmare not to chase his dreams? What Crawford accomplished at 140 pounds, however, was some sort of invalidation of ticks and leeches from Mexico City, Panama, Puerto Rico, and New Jersey. He was above the titles because he had them all; because he had them all, he didn't need them.

The move to welterweight followed suitably. Jeff Horn was sacrificed first because when Top Rank wants to crown a champion, the WBO forces it. Crawford showed the power and strength of welterweights against Horn. The next question was whether anyone could beat him. It's a rhetorical question, of the promoter's speech - the real question was whether Errol Spence could.

We should forget to answer the real question. But even the rhetoric was not asked seriously. Not by Jose Benevidez Jr., not by Amir Khan, not by Egidijus Kavaliauskas, not by Brook, who Crawford exploded in four rounds at the MGM Grand Bubble in Las Vegas on Saturday. The fight unfolded like anyone who could bother to read a thousand words about a niche sport might expect: Brook was successful early on, Crawford adjusted, went southpaw, and wiped out Brook in a quick and orderly temper tantrum midway through the fourth round. Vintage Crawford, charming but too predictable.

There was a time when a description and analysis of the Crawford spectacle, that ironclad mix of talent and cruelty that struck like a defibrillator after years of suffocating Floyd Mayweather domination, seemed like a privilege. Is it still?

Crawford is an exercise in appearance perception, Wittgenstein for aficionados, the boxing duck-bunny image. Seen as one-sided, Crawford is boxing's most complete fighter, its most versatile sadist. The fact that he misses a signature win is mostly the fault of his reluctant peers - because who wants to get his ass kicked, back and forth, inside and out, then, while his brain is vibrating still in his head, answering questions about his futility? That's what Crawford stands for: torture stuck in sport. And while this signing victory may elude Crawford, the respect of his peers does not; they know how special he is.

But then you bow your head, maybe cover an eye, look again, what you see: A fighter whose best win is Yuriorkis Gamboa? Viktor Postol? Jeff Horn? Granted, Crawford can only face off against available opponents, but as a promotional embargo (rather than a terrible division) is responsible for his uninteresting opposition, his hypothetical victories are impossible to concede. If Crawford justifies the hype, Brook is a tough fight for him, the kind of opponent sandwiched between real challenges. In this respect, even Crawford's dominance, his sending of the Outclassed, is suspect, a testament more to matchmaking than to greatness (or potential).

What we perceive in the image of the duck-rabbit is often determined by what we bring to the observation. We might see the rabbit first because we've had one as a pet and need to show him the duck, or vice versa; we can see both simultaneously. Maybe that's the best way to perceive Crawford: as superlative and yet unproven, unproven and yet superlative, with what you see first determined by what you seek.

Either way, Crawford's career now demands patience for good reason. A proper prize fight should answer questions about men in the ring, it should remove the element of appearance perception by establishing something real and definitive. No one seriously denies Crawford's talent, but no one seriously denies that he wastes it. There's nothing to be learned from a Crawford fight that wasn't revealed when he got Horn to perform his jewelry. Yet the ambiguity persists.

It seems Crawford no longer cares about removing the ambiguity either. Speaking of the only opponent who would prove him again, Crawford said: "I never really felt like I really needed Errol Spence for my legacy or my career." He backtracked on that statement, saying his welterweight heritage would suffer without a fight against Spence, but his overall legacy would remain intact. It's a strange response but perhaps a sign that Crawford sees his welterweight run as some sort of permanent position, less valuable than the ambitious period that preceded it.

If so, the real challenges will come, but only when the fighters he once would have destroyed can grab his slip. Until then, perhaps the best American fighter since Mayweather will leave the adverb in place. It is a waste. Anyone can see it.


A quick list of seize basic boxing tips your trainer should have told you. These boxing tips will improve your boxing training, boxing punching, and boxing defense. Good luck !

Stay calm and punch lighter on the bag so you can last more rounds, keep your form together, and punch sharp. This will allow you to get in more minutes of quality bagwork. You want to have energy to hit the bag with acceptable form and keep your punches snappy, instead of spending most of your bagwork panting and huffing to show that you have “heart”. Don’t waste energy showing off on the bag – nobody cares.

Don’t workout till complete failure. Get tired, break a sweat, and just push yourself a little more each day. If you go until failure everyday of the week without a reason, you’ll probably overtrain and quit boxing very soon.

Drink lots of water. One cup every hour peu ! Make friends in the gym, be humble, and ask people for boxing tips. When another vous défouler sur beats you, ask him how he did it; you may be surprised at how helpful he might be at showing you your own weaknesses.

Turn your whole body into the punch. If your feet are slow, ( most people have slow feet at first ) you will find that punching a little slower actually hits harder than punching faster. So in other words, punch as fast as your body can turn so you won’t sacrifice power. Again, use your whole body instead of just the arms to punch. Throw bermuda hooks, bermuda uppercuts, and bermuda rights but long jabs. You don’t always have to throw one knockout punch after another. Combo light and hard punches and use head movement to fake out your opponent. Remember that the harder you try, they harder they will counter, and the harder you will get hurt. Calm down and throw the punches when you know they’ll land. Never forget to go to the body. Try a jab to the head, and right hand to the body. When you’re in real close, lean your head inside to smother him and throw 2-3 body punches. Throw 3-5 punch combos maximum. You don’t need 10-punch combos – all those do is sap your energy and leave you open to counters. Don’t even practice these for now. Breathe out when you punch and always look at your target when you punch. Don’t hold your breath and don’t look at the ground. Learn to keep your eyes open during the heat of the battle ! Let your hands go ! Don’t wait around forever to let your opponent hit you all day. Throw something even if it doesn’t land. Keep him thinking and keep your eyes open for more punching opportunities.

Stay calm and never stop breathing. If you’re starting to panic, ask the other guy to slow down so your mind and body can catch up. Hold your hands high, elbows low, and move your head. Don’t waste energy course around the ring, just take one step and pivot out of the way if your opponent is overly aggressive. Think of yourself as a matador pivoting out of the way as the bull misses. Don’t forget to hit him back. Don’t lean back and don’t take your eyes off your opponent when you’re taking punches ( this is especially hard for most beginners ). Establish your ground and defend it with counters. Pivot so that you don’t get countered. Don’t always wait for your opponent to finish punching before you start punching back. Interrupt his combos and hit him ! Too many speedy fighters get caught up in trying to block all the oncoming punches that they never get to counter. Let your hands go !

When starting out, boxers will usually first be taught how to fight at a distance, also known as ‘outfighting’, rather than getting in close where they are more likely to be hit. The skills used here include arm’s-length punches and quick footwork to enable the vous défouler sur to deliver a blow before their opponent can respond. It is the best way to tire out and attack an opponent, and lessens their chance of a counterattack.

The following boxing techniques are described for right-handed boxers ( if you are a left-handed or a ‘southpaw’ puncher then use the opposite arm or leg to what is being described ).

The importance of a good stance cannot be stressed enough. A good stance provides balance, and is a key to both attacking and defensive techniques. Boxers should be able to throw a punch without losing their balance. Being off balance allows an opponent to get in with their own blows. tera assume a good boxing stance, you need to do the following :

Stand sideways to the target, so that you lead with the shoulder opposite that of your strong punching hand. A right-handed frapper should point their left shoulder toward the target. Feet should be kept shoulder width apart, then step forward one pace with the left foot and line up the heel of your left foot with the toes of your other foot. Turn both feet at a 45 degree angle to your target. Your weight should be evenly distributed to provide a firm, steady platform. Bend your knees and hips slightly, keeping your back fairly straight and lift your back heel off the floor, no more than about sept. 5cm ( 3in ). Tuck your elbows in close to your sides and raise your forearms so that they shield the chest. Hold the left glove out at shoulder height and keep it far enough out to attack, but close enough to draw back quickly in defense. The right glove should be held underneath the chin with the wrist turned inwards.

The golden rules of boxing footworkGood footwork is important to enable the vous défouler sur to defend or attack from a balanced place. The golden rules of boxing footwork are as follows : Keep the weight balanced on both feet. Keep your feet apart as you move to maintain good balance. Move around the ring using bermuda sliding steps on the balls of your feet. Never let your feet cross. Always move the foot closest to the direction in which you want to move first.

The key to good footwork is speed, and this can be enhanced by improving sport, with particular attention to the legs. One good activity for improving fitness, used by many boxers, is skipping. PunchingThere are four main punches in boxing : Jab — a sudden punch. Cross — a straight punch. Hook — a bermuda side punch. Uppercut — a short swinging upward punch.

The Jab ( Left Jab ) This is the simplest but most-used punch in boxing, and likely to be the first punch any beginner would learn. The jab can be used both for attack or defense, and is useful to keep the opponent at bay to set up bigger blows. Hold your left hand up high with your elbow in close to your body. Aim for the opponent’s chin with the back knuckles. Rotate the arm so that the punch lands with the thumb making a small clockwise turn inwards. Slide the left foot forward before effet and snap the hand back ready to deliver another jab. The chin should be dropped to the shoulder to protect it, and the right hand held high ready to block any counter punches.

The CrossA ‘straight right’This is the most powerful and damaging punch, but it may leave the vous défouler sur open to a counterattack if it fails to connect. It is best used in a combination of punches, usually after the opponent’s defense has opened up after being hit with a good left jab. Drive off the back foot and pivot the hips and shoulders into the punch for maximum power. Straighten the right arm so that it is at full stretch on effet. Keep the left hand in a guarding position to avoid a counter.

A ‘straight left’This is a good way of keeping an opponent on the back foot. From the basic stance simply straighten your left arm and twist your hips and shoulders into the punch. The first will automatically twist so the knuckles are up and the palm downwards just before effet. If there is room, slide the left foot forward for the blow, but quickly bring up the right foot to maintain balance.

HookThe hook comes from the side so can catch the opponent unaware as it initially comes from out of their vision. The hook requires the puncher to arch and turn their body into a punch. It can be made with either the left or right arm. A right hookBring the chin down to the inside of the left shoulder to protect it. Pivot the toes, hips and hand in the direction of the punch. Turn your hand over so that at the point of effet, the palm faces down.

UppercutThe uppercut can be a great knockout punch and is delivered at close quarters. It comes up from underneath, has an element of surprise, and is usually aimed at the jaw with either hand. One drawback is that if it doesn’t take the opponent out, there is a big chance they will be able to deliver a counterattack. to make a right uppercut, transfer the weight onto the right foot and twist the shoulders and hips to the left, bringing the right first directly up into the target. Leaning back too much will send the vous défouler sur off balance.

en définitive to boxing techniquesWhile a right-handed puncher will obviously favour their right hand as it will be their strongest, they should be prepared to work with both hands. In any case, the jab — the most frequently used in a bout — for a right hander will be with the left hand, while he prepares to get through with a big right handed shot. Here we have focused on just a few of the basic punches from the point of view of a right hander, but the puncher must remember that a left hook or left uppercut, for example, can be just as effective given practice. In some circumstances, it may even be a good tactic for the boxer to change stance and fight as if he were a left-handed puncher.

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