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5 best defensive boxers in the game today

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3.Andre Ward:

Ward is as good at defense as he is at offense

The Olympic gold medallist like most of them on the list carried his amateur boxing skills into the pro-boxing arena. Ward according to most boxing experts is one of the most complete fighters today possessing the necessary skill and technique to outmanoeuvre any opponent. Ward’s versatility and movement helps him move out of range of the opponent and makes him get good shots inside. Ward is perfect in his basics and his jab is one of the main assets in his offence as well as his defence. 

2.Guillermo Rigondeaux:

Rigondeaux countering the jab

Like Lara, he is a product of the famous Cuban amateur system. A fighter who has certainly transferred his amateur style to his pro boxing career. Rigondeaux is the current WBA, WBO and The Ring Super Bantamweight title holder. He has fast hands and is excellent at controlling distance, has excellent footwork and the angle that he creates makes it very difficult for the opponent to hit him as Nonito Donaire one of Boxing’s most aggressive fighter found out in his defeat to Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux is undefeated at the moment and certainly will propel to greater heights with the skills he possesses.

1.Floyd Mayweather Jr. :

The ever-evasive ‘Money’

The current pound for pound king has certainly reached the top of the pile with his unique defence. Mayweather Jr. Inherited his unique defensive style from his father and trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. His shoulder roll movement with his right hand held up makes it very difficult for the fighters to find range. He dosen’t throw a lot of punches but lands a good number of them and that is due to his good counter punching skills and movement.

Manny Pacquiao found out in his “fight of the century” against Floyd that it is not about throwing a lot it’s about landing them and certainly Floyd showed Manny how to do it when he picked the spots and landed effectively with his good counterpunching. Floyd is a strong advocate for showing how beautiful Boxing can be without the slug fests and bloodbaths.

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