Today I was sent the link to the old boxing footage (1894) which I have embedded below. Interesting to see how things have evolved over the last 117 years. This is just one 40 second clip, so impossible to draw overarching conclusions, but interesting nonetheless. I feel there are a few things of note in this short clip.
Firstly, notice how the hands are held. The lead hand is much lower and further out that we see today. This is probably due to the thin gloves and hence intercepting is a better tactic than covering.
Secondly, notice that the hooks are more than a little “wild”. With particular regard to the lead hand hooks, they are telegraphed and technically poor (no body motion or rotation from the hips).
Thirdly, notice how the gent in the white creates space to fight after they clinch. There is no hanging on waiting for the referee to separate them. They clinch and break quite freely.
Fourthly, the ring is small. Not exactly a great deal of space when you get two fighters and the referee in there. Also interesting so see how the observers are practically in the ring too.
Finally, there are no toe-to-toe exchanges of punches. As soon as they get close the clinch and tie each others arms up, before breaking to an extended distance.
Any other thoughts or points of interest?
All the best,