An instance of a method matchup was the historical battle of Julio César Chávez, a swarmer or in-fighter, towards Meldrick Taylor, the boxer or out-fighter (see Julio César Chávez vs. Meldrick Taylor). The match was nicknamed “Thunder Meets Lightning” as an allusion to punching power of Chávez and blinding velocity of Taylor. Chávez was the epitome of the “Mexican” style of boxing. Taylor’s hand and foot velocity and boxing skills gave him the early advantage, permitting him to begin constructing a big lead on points.

Chávez remained relentless in his pursuit of Taylor and as a result of his higher punching power Chávez slowly punished Taylor. While there was little doubt that Taylor had solidly received the first three quarters of the struggle, the question at hand was whether or not he would survive the final quarter. Going into the ultimate spherical, Taylor held a secure lead on the scorecards … Read More

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