Big B asked in SportsMartial Arts · 1 decade ago

boxing vs. any martial arts?

Whether boxing's considered a martial art or not, I was wondering if an experienced top notch boxer; obviously with enough speed/strength/tactic could be any match for a top notch martial artist or vise versa..whether it be TKD, Muay Thai, Kung Fu, Pentjak... you name it?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    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.

    Source(s): 32 years of training and teaching martial arts, 20 years of competitive fighting.
  • 1 decade ago

    Martial means military. Martial arts were taught in the military, giving it the name. That being said, boxing is also taught in the military, so technically, boxing could be considered a martial art. Whoever would win inf a fight would depend more on how good that individual fighter is and less on the style. One boxer might kick the smacks out of a tkd fighter, but might lose to another tkd.

  • 1 decade ago

    It depends on the practitioner, not the art. With that being said, look what happened when Muhammad Ali fought Antonio Inoki. Ali was too afraid to take him in a full-contact fight, so made the fight striking only. Inoki just lay on the floor and kicked Ali repeatedly in the legs, Ali basically did nothing. Ali's legs would be cut, become infected and would never be the same again. That's how limiting an art like boxing is.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Francois Botha who fought for The world Heavyweight boxing title(s) about 5 times and he always made a good showing, was beating Tyson till he got caught and knocked loopy. So he may not be the best of the best but would have to be considered as top notch. He has fought in K1 which doesn't allow wrestling and submissions only striking, and his record isn't great but he did improve with training on his kicking.

    I would say the greater diversity of attacks that a boxer isn't used to puts him at a disadvantage especialy if you ad in the ground game. but if trained to defend against these attacks and trains to use only his boxing against these attacks then he would be able to hold his own.

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    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    the boxer would probably lose because they are not trained or anything but punching and taking punches but the martial aritst is expecting th boxer to punch because that is all he can do well. as long as the martial arist doesnt get to close they should easily win but if the boxer gets the first punch the martial artisit is screwed.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It depends on the rules. People who can't hang in boxing will go to MMA. (The paycheck in boxing is easily 30 times more than in the UFC). Therefore a boxer will definitely win in a boxing match. But in a NHB or MMA fight the boxer will obviously lose.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You basically have to fit boxing tactics in your overall game to be effective. Anderson Silva and Fedor's boxing skills are top notch and they are considered two of the best in the business. Each is also dominant in the submission game.

    If you only have boxing, you gotta be able to defend the takedown.

  • 1 decade ago

    i personally have degree in kenpo, kunfu, jujitsu, karate, tkd, n brazilian grappling-mainly due to some of my uncles who r like experts in different fields, but i definitely would say a boxer would lose...i fought against a boxing coach coz my uncle wanted to test me, its rlly easy to take them out....i mean i figured they don't use their legs n guess what? give some hard low kicks to knees n thighs along with a hook kick to head then grabbed head for a head takedown-while keeping my head guarded, BAM he was down-mainly from all the leg shots i did...if u do enough martial arts ur reaction is faster n plus if u know more than one-u can improvise n i gotta tell ya its prtty sweet!!

  • Brian
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    The boxer would loose nine out of ten times- it is too restricting in it's rules. The boxer may win with a lucky punch, but as the Gracie's have shown grappling and mixed MA is dominant!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    As long as he recognized the differences in his own style as opposed to his opponent's and does not fall prey to them. If he acts quickly and lands a good blow on his opponent, he can win with his years of dedicated training and power.

    Source(s): Instructor of Kenjutsu Martial arts for 17 years
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