So you think a boxer has to work on as many aspects as a mma fighter?
Absolutely not. I never said that. Look bro, I dont mean to come across as an asshole. I know Im just a name on a computer screen. I dont claim to be any type of badass or anything like that but I have trained pretty hard in both sports and I can tell you that usually (not always), the common mma fan disrespects boxing because they think mma is superior. IMO, they're both different and should NOT be compared because in both cases, they're training specific things. The boxer trains boxing and the mma practitioner trains in multiple styles.
Ive been training boxing since '92 and mma since '02. Boxing imo is a whole lot harder and is definitely alot harder on you. You have to understand that in boxing, you KNOW you're going to get punched and thats the ONLY thing you have to defend but you still get hit with 1000 punches during the course of the fight and getting hit in the face with those heavy fuckin gloves isnt fun. It rattles your brain. It sucks. Also, boxers train for 10 to 12 round fights and have to keep up the intensity and the puch output for 12 rounds. If you cant do that, you're dead! In mma, they train 3-5 round fights and in some cases the fighters tire in the second round (see BJ Penn). Thats why I lmao when I hear some of the UGers try to say that mmaers are some of the best athletes in the world. I love mma but thats bullshit.
Are mmaers more well rounded? Of course they are, thats what they train to do but you cant tell me that the athletically gifted cream of the crop boxers cant do the same thing. Why the hell wouldnt they? Its definitely not a matter of heart or desire. If you can learn to be a high level boxer you can learn to be a great mmaer too. No disrespect to mma, like I said earlier, Ive been training in mma for quite a while now and I love it. Ive had the pleasure of rolling w/Matt Hughes, Shonie Carter (who I consider a friend) and countless others in the Chicagoland area but Im also not naive enough to downplay boxing and its worth.