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Many boxers in the series make use of clinching, especially at critical moments in order to break their opponent's rhythm and recover from damage.
Kobashi Kenta was especially infamous for his frequent use of clinches. By making use of jabs and clinches, Kobashi dominated opponents by interrupting their rhythm and winning on points. His strategy was largely unpopular with crowds due to its dullness.
Clinching does not guarantee a safe period, however. Fighters like Makunouchi Ippo are able to land powerful short blows and force their way out of a clinch.