|User(s)|| Takamura Mamoru|
Makunouchi Ippo (once)
|Hand Positions||Both lowered at sides|
|Real-Life User(s)||Rocky Marciano|
|Similar Stance(s)||Detroit Style|
A brawler is a fighter who generally lacks finesse and footwork in the ring, but makes up for it through sheer punching power. Many brawlers tend to lack mobility, preferring a less mobile, more stable platform and have difficulty pursuing fighters who are fast on their feet. They may also have a tendency to ignore combination punching in favour of continuous beat-downs with one hand and by throwing slower, more powerful single punches (such as hooks and uppercuts). Their slowness and predictable punching pattern (single punches with obvious leads) often leaves them open to counter punches, so successful brawlers must be able to absorb substantial amounts of punishment.
Brawlers tend to be more predictable and easy to hit but usually fare well enough against other fighting styles because they train to take punches very well. They often have a higher chance than other fighting styles to score a knockout against their opponents because they focus on landing big, powerful hits, instead of smaller, faster attacks. Oftentimes they place focus on training on their upper body instead of their entire body, to increase power and endurance. They also aim to intimidate their opponents because of their power, stature and ability to take a punch. A brawler's most important assets are power and chin (the ability to absorb punishment while remaining able to continue boxing).
Used by Takamura Mamoru during his Jr. Middleweight title challenge and Makunouchi Ippo during his eighth Japanese title defense, the brawling stance has thus far been portrayed as a variation of the orthodox stance, though the boxer tends to face the opponent a bit more directly than they would in an orthodox stance. Their arms are lowered at their sides, leaving their torso unguarded, and their knees are slightly bent, lowering their center of gravity and hence increasing their potential punching power.
Strengths & WeaknessesEdit
The position of the arms allows punches to be thrown from virtually any angle, much like the Detroit Style some out boxers use, but Detroit Style boxers do not lower their center of gravity for the additional punching power, preferring instead to continue using footwork.
Although Sendou and Takamura can brawl naturally, it is only when they lost their temper that their full strength was brought out. Likewise, Ippo only adopted the brawling stance when he became enraged. While boxing is normally considered superior to brawling, according to Takamura fighter-types can use anger as a boost. In his case he began using more compact and accurate punches; Sendou began throwing full-swing punches repeatedly; Ippo only threw one punch, but sent his opponent wheeling through the air, earning his first one-hit KO.
Boxers have been prone to counters in the brawling stance because of its lack of a guard.