|User(s)|| Arnie Gregory|
|Anime||Round 18 (The Fighting)|
The cross-arm block is a defensive move in boxing.
The boxer crosses both their arms to protect their upper-body area, with the inner forearm facing outward. The arms make a plus cross in some depictions; on others the cross is an X. The plus cross is tighter and protects the frontal area more completely, so it is presumably the correct form.
Strengths & WeaknessesEdit
This defense is useful in blocking jabs and straights, though it leaves the body susceptible to body blows (in the X form), liver blows (in the plus form), and leaves the face open for hooks (whichever form). A way to compensate for this is by bobbing and weaving.
- This technique was used by Bryan Hawk in the fifth round of The Battle of Hawk, which was considered out of character due to his inclination to dodge punches.
- Ippo uses this several times following his ascension to Featherweight Champion, most notably in his first title defense against Sanada Kazuki.
- Arnie Gregory in his OPBF title match against Miyata Ichirou.
- Kobashi Kenta is the first character to use it in the series.
- Sendou Takeshi used this technique during Ippo's second JBC Featherweight title match.
- Antonio Guevarra used it against Ippo.