These kinds of questions are always very hard to answer, just too many variables. Would it be possible, yes absolutely it would. As to how likely it would be, in my opinion not very. Not a dig against boxing, just my view. If we are talking about fighters of equal skill level then I just think the boxer has less tools to work with. The boxer is pretty likely to have more hard sparring experience than most martial artists are likely to have, but he is also going to have to adapt his style to tactics and attacks he is not accustomed to. The boxers bobbing to evade punches could very well set him up for knees or kicks to the head, and to a lesser extent weaving out to the side or leaning back could as well.
Having trained in several different martial arts and competitively fought for many years, I would say that someone with my kind of a martial arts background would do quite well and be as conditioned to taking and giving punishment as a boxer. On the other side of that coin if we are talking about a martial artist who does not do LOTS of sparring to adapt to taking punishment and immediately giving it back out, the boxer would win most ot the time just do to the practical nature of their training. I have known black belts who were really tough and conditioned to fighting and have known others that just flat out weren't. That isn't a dig against martial arts, it is just the fact of how some people train. As with most of these types of questions it comes down to the individual and their training. Either could land the first really good shot and take and keep control from there. You never know with a fight, that's why they have to be fought out.
32 years of training and teaching martial arts, 20 years of competitive fighting.
· 1 decade ago