There are four unanimously agreed upon boxing styles, the out boxer, slugger, boxer-puncher and the swarmer. Some of these styles are more aggressive while others are defensive and more counter attacking. Every boxer has a preference on what style they chose to fight in, however the choice of style is largely dictated by the boxer’s body type. For instance, a tall boxer having long arms has the reach advantage and can maintain a distance from the opponent whilst utilizing straight punches but what about the shorter fighters in the ring who naturally have shorter reach?
The swarmer boxing style is the answer and the best style for short fighters. Swarmer boxers get inside, negate the distance between their opponents and apply overwhelming pressure with dangerous close range uppercuts and hooks. Here’s 8 reasons why this is the best boxing style for short fighters:
There’s nothing more aggravating than being in the ring with a boxer who keeps their distance and throws straight punches at you with ease without you being able to land a blow on them. But, when you’re fighting from the inside and getting up close to the opponent, they won’t be able to land any punches, that’s because taller boxers need room to deliver their long punches and as a shorter boxer have a shorter reach, fighting from the inside provides the perfect distance to harass a taller boxer with close range hooks and uppercuts whilst eliminating their advantage.
You may find yourself in the ring facing an opponent much quicker than yourself. Such boxers tend to dance around you delivering quick yet not-so-powerful punches which are difficult to defend against and that means they keep raking up the points on the card. Fighting from the inside on the other hand, allows you to force such fighters into the corners or the ropes where you can unleash a barrage of powerful blows that could effectively have them lying on their back on the canvas.
When the aggressive fighter tries to put you under pressure by throwing a host of flurries, you may grip, control, and force them into the ropes, and work on their body or head from there.
Clinching may be used to control your opponent when fighting from the inside. If you're hurt after being on the end of a powerful strike and need some time to recuperate, you can stop them from pounding you. You can also tire your opponent, which will aid you in finishing them. Because knocking someone out is lot simpler when they’re gassed out.
Imagine being in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by crashing waves. When an experienced swarmer slams you against the ropes and starts throwing large combinations at you, you'll feel something similar. This style of fighting not only physically but also emotionally defeats your opponent.
The bulk of defensive boxers are extremely talented and quick. They have impeccable timing and prefer to wait for their opponents to attack before countering. When facing a swarmer that provides consistent pressure, though, this might be quite difficult. When Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought Marco Maidana, we saw that. Marco (a talented swarmer) squeezed Floyd into the ropes, pounding him with overhands. Keep in mind that Floyd is one of the best defensive fighters in the world!
Swarmers' fighting style isn't considered to be the most elegant in boxing. This is due to the fact that it appears to be brutal, violent and vicious. However, it might occasionally assist you in defeating even the most expert boxers simply because they are unprepared for such a fight. The first bout between Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard, in which Roberto pulled the talented out boxer Sugar Ray into a close range bout, is a wonderful illustration of this. He landed more powerful blows and dominated his opponent throughout the bout.
While boxing from a distance has lots of prerequisites such as long reach, precision timing and good speed, Swarming on the other hand only requires good strategy and powerful punches.
To conclude, the swarmer style of boxing can effectively be used against all other boxing styles. Remember “Iron” Mike? THE Mike Tyson? The best swarmer in the history of the sport! So if you’re short you have your own advantage!
So, put on a pair of boxing gloves, train those hooks and uppercuts on the bags and unleash the animal in the ring.