A TV channel was showing "Classic boxing matches of the past" a while ago. One of the bouts featured was Steve Cruz vs. Barry McGuigan for the world featherweight title.

Now what was interesting about this bout was that McGuigan was exhausted and severely dehydrated toward the end of the bout. He was losing the fight, and in the championship rounds, his corner urged him to tie Cruz up, to hold him. This was the only chance McGuigan had of finishing on his feet.

McGuigan was inept at this. As the commentator stated "He (McGuigan) doesn't know how to hold." McGuigan finished the bout on his feet, and lost by decision.

This got me thinking; should a more formal approach be taken to holding in boxing? When I boxed, we were never taught to hold, but if necessary in a bout we were told to do so. The 2nd Queensbury rule prohibits any hugging and/or wrestling. But anyone who boxes or watches boxing knows that holding takes place in every single fight.

So should there be more specific training to show people who box how to hold? Or indeed how to break a hold without fouling? Could developing formal holding techniques to stop a person from striking you have applications outside of the gym, such as in a situation where a person who boxed could restrain someone? Perhaps that is far-fetched, but what do you think?

As ever, thanks to all who read and respond in a sincere manner.
A Tv channel was showing "Classica boxing matches of the past" a while ago. One of the bouts featured was Steve Cruz vs. Barry McGuigan for the world featherweight title.

Now what was interesting about this bout was that McGuigan was exhausted and severely dehydrated toward the end of the bout. He was losing the fight, and in the championship rounds, his corner urged him to tie Cruz up, to hold him. This was the only chance McGuigan had of finishing on his feet.

McGuigan was inept at this. As the commentator stated "He (McGuigan) doesn't know how to hold." McGuigan finshed the bout on his feet, and lost by decsion.

This got me thinking; should a more formal approach be taken to holding in boxing? When I boxed, we were never taught to hold, but if necessary in a bout we were told to do so. The 2nd Queensbury rule prohibits any hugging and/or wrestling. But anyone who boxes or watches boxing knows that holding takes place in every single fight.

So should there be more specific training to show people who box how to hold? Or indeed how to break a hold without fouling? Could developing formal holding techniques to stop a person from striking you have applications outside of the gym, such as in a situation where a person who boxed could restrain someone? Perhaps that is far-fetched, but what dou you think?

As ever, thanks to all who read and respond in a sincere manner.
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