Let’s take a look at two rounds of two of my favorite fighters with vastly different styles and see what their styles have to say about how we might score this fight.
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What are the fighters trying to do?
Camacho wants to stay on the outside, score points with the jab to set up his left and wait for Haugen so he can catch him with counters.
Haugen wants to get inside Camacho’s jab, punish him to the body, pin him on the ropes and rough him up.
Study what happens in the neutral zone and who risks entering it. Watch footwork and when Camacho moves to keep himself in position to score and when he merely moves to get out of the way.
Be careful because it isn’t always what it appears. Haugen steps in but off to the side at times and throws a hook to the body several times that Camacho barely notices. Haugen doesn’t come straight in when he does this and he is not committing himself to harm’s way, hence he barely scores because the punch does so little.
In round one Haugen lands several straight right hands becomes he comes in aggressively across the neutral zone risking a counter and drives the punch hard to Camacho’s face. Camacho doesn’t risk the neutral zone and his jab is being used mostly as a range finder. He barely sets his legs lonf enough to make an effective counter with power.
Though this round has very little damage, Haugen has taken more risks, committed to his punches, planted his feet and through with some conviction with his right through Camacho’s guard.
I believe that was enough to give him the round.
In the second round changes take place. Camacho continues to move but more to stay in countering position. He commits to the neutral zone and lands this time putting himself in harm’s way and when he does his feet are planted and his puncheds have his body weight behind him. I believe this takes a toll on Haugen and he becomes less eager to go through the neutral zone and begins to hesitate just a bit which in turn serves Camacho’s strategy. the slight hesitation and lack of commitment freezes Haugen enough to make him easier to hit for Camacho.
Round Two which looked very similar to round one has a different outcome because Camacho stays in range, plants his feet and commits through the neutral zone. Haugen’s goal to rough the Macho Man up is thwarted…in this round. This fight is a classic for scoring because the dance goes on for twelve rounds.