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Okay, so after watching Chavez vs. Camacho we know the coming forward brawler will beat the defensive wizard who knows how to evade, right?

Not so fast.

Let’s take a look at how Pernell Whitaker fought Julio Cesar Chavez. Granted, Whitaker is not Camacho. They were both fast, left-handed and crafty. Neither was known as a huge hitter and both were exceedingly tough to trap.

So why was Whitaker effective against Chavez and Camacho wasn’t.

I say it is because Sweet Pea stood his ground and evaded without moving his feet. He committed to the neutral zone and made Chavez pay when he came in. Perhaps because he planted his feet more there was more power to his shots.

Maybe Whitaker could take a harder shot. Maybe his ability to stay in close kept him from feeling the full brunt of Chavez power because his arms didn’t get extended.

Or maybe in just a few years Chavez’s power diminished.

Watch these rounds and compare and contrast Whitaker and Camacho. What does it tell us about scoring?

I believe it tells us:

1. If you evade without losing ground you can score.

2. Planting your feet will make a difference in power

3. Moving forward does not guarantee success

4. A brawler will not definitely beat a boxer nor vice versa.

Watch round 2 and round 8 and think about who wins these rounds and why:

Round 8

Round 2

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Now let’s take a look at Camacho in another bout with a fighter of a similar style. Julio Cesar Chavez was a great superstar champion who stalked his opponents. He did what Greg Haugen set out to do but he did it with dominant force.

Take a look at this first round.

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Camacho is employing the same strategy that he did with Haugen but much less effectively. Why? Quite simply–because Chavez’s punches hurt too much!

Camacho does not want to commit to his jab so it flicks without his body weight and balance behind it. He is already thinking of avoiding Chavez’s punishment when he throws his jab.

Camacho’s movement is artful but it is not setting him to do any counter damage as he becomes defensive. His feet aren’t planted and he’s avoiding the neutral zone like the plague.

Chavez is planting his feet, he is moving in through the neutral zone and he is committing to his punches–even when Camacho lands. Chavez is willing and fearless of Camacho’s shots.

Chavez wins almost every round on every card but there is a half a round where we can glimpse at what would’ve worked for Camacho if he had the strength to sustain it and the ability to do some punishing damage on Chavez.

Take a look at Round Four, particularly at the second half.

I may be reaching here but we can see what might have worked for the Macho Man. Late in the round Camacho throws two jabs with his feet planted and circles out but only after he has put some of his body into these jabs. Then he stands in front of Chavez and lands a solid uppercut. he is only able to do this because of how he has positioned himself. later he lands a looping left again when he hasn’t skitted out of the neutral zone.

At the close of the round Camacho lands a combination on the incoming Chavez who may have gotten a bit careless believing Camacho couldn’t hurt him.

It may not have been enough to win the round for Hector but we can a little of what he would have had to do to be successful.

Why could he do it against Haugen and not Chavez–Chavez’s power. Or more simply put–Chavez’s shots hurt too much to stand in and plant.

Camacho knew the right strategy. His body made him forsake it.