Created By: Larkmarn on October 23, 2013 Last Edited By: MorningStar1337 on October 28, 2013
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Boxing Battler

Boxing as a combat style.

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In general parlance, boxing is a combat sport where two fighters square off in fisticuffs. However, once in a while writers remember that boxing is considered a martial art and it is used as a fighter's style of choice outside the ring. In these cases, boxing techniques and skills will be presented as as valid as any other martial art, Red Boxing Gloves optional, depending on the seriousness of the work.

Generally an Extremity Extremist, since traditionally boxing has no kicks. Expect Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs if the fighter is sufficiently strong. Compare Good Old Fisticuffs, which is about untrained fighters are equal to trained martial artists (and they'll generally use some boxing moves, as it's the most "accessible" martial art for them to witness).

A subtrope of Bare-Fisted Monk. Technically a subtrope of I Know Madden Kombat assuming the character was trained in boxing for sport.

Examples:

    Anime and Manga 
  • Chibodee Crocket from G Gundam uses a mishmash of "American" techniques and weapons, but his primary fighting style is boxing based. In fact, his Gundam can eject its football shoulder pads and attach them to its fists to boost its punching power.
  • Ikki Takeda "The Puncher" in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple is a boxer who frequently matches up with martial artists. Although he twice lost matches against Kenichi, the first match he was only using one hand and the second match was stopped by his trainer. He later does much of his training in the underground fighting rings, where he goes against people of all sorts of fighting styles and wins with his fists.
  • Interesting Manga-example from Black God is Kuro. Kuro, a Mototsumitama, is often frowned upon for using boxing, a human fighting style, when she fights. Which is funny because she usually wins.
  • Minai from Corpse Princess. In the DVD exlusive prequel episode, when Minai is asked if she has any fighting skills after becoming a Shikabane Hime, she says she knows some boxing, which becomes her fighting style against Shikabane.
  • Alex Louis Armstrong, also known as "the Strongarm Alchemist" from Fullmetal Alchemist uses a form of fisticuffs passed down his family (FOR GENERATIONS!) with a side order of alchemy.
  • One Piece:
    • Franky is a cyborg whose enhancements run on cola. However, he will resort to boxing techniques (called "Franky Boxing!") when he's out of cola, thus without his strongest weapons.
    • Foxy generally fights with boxing style, with spiked boxing gloves. Although he's known to use dirty tactics whenever he's got a chance.
  • Ryoko, protagonist of Okami-San uses boxing techniques, and even has a pair of electrified boxing gloves
  • Star Upper, a Toyless Toyline Character from Beast Wars II turns into a kangaroo and is skilled at boxing in both modes, being an intergalactic champion.
  • YuYu Hakusho: Murota is a bit character who gains precognative abilities at one point. He uses the powers to become a successful boxer, but also cleans the floor with some of Yusuke's allies using boxing moves.

    Comicbooks 
  • Wildcat from The DCU uses no weapons and was a Badass Normal until a Retcon slowed his aging. He's just a champion boxer who fights crime in a cat mask.
  • The Champion of the Universe, a cosmic-level entity in the Marvel Universe knows many fighting styles and has access to the Power Eternal. Despite this, he used the power primarily to hone his body to physical perfection (as opposed to other wielders of the power who use energy blasts or more creative uses), and chooses to go from planet to planet, challenging the best of the planet to boxing matches with the fate of the planet on the line should he win.

    Films (Live Action) 
  • Twister from Ip Man 2 is the British boxing champion. He manages to beat an extremely skilled martial artist to death in a match, despite the fact that Twister was wearing gloves and the martial artist was allowed to use kicks and throws, while Twister only used punches. He even nearly defeated the titular Ip Man, who bordered on Invincible Hero.
  • Fearless: Jet Li's character faces off against representatives of three separate fighting styles; among them is a British boxer, though he gets easily defeated by Jet Li's kung fu.
  • In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the villain Professor Moriarty is briefly described as a former boxing champion, during the climactic fight scene against Holmes' hybrid-bartitsu-esque style.

    Literature 
  • The protagonists of Louis L'Amour are often trained in boxing (a suspicious number by the frequently name-dropped real-world boxer Jem Mace), and tend to find themselves up against fighters who use less scientific methods, or had been used to simply relying on size and strength to beat weaker opponents. L'Amour himself was a professional boxer when he was younger.

    Live Action Television 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Marvelous Marc Mero (formerly known as "Johnny B. Badd") used a boxing gimmick as a professional wrestler in the WWF. He came to the ring in boxing trunks rather than Underwear of Power and used boxing moves (albeit bareknuckle) when he could.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Villains And Vigilantes adventure There's a Crisis at Crusader Citadel. The Shrew (Sheila Brewster) was a member of the Crushers supervillain team. She was a former boxer who used her boxing skills in combat against superheroes.

    Video Games 

    Web Original 
  • Yang, the Bare-Fisted Monk in RWBY has a fighting style that's a mishmash of many styles under Rule of Cool, but boxing techniques and stances are among her most visible influences. Based on her blocking and footwork (specifically how she slides to dodge attacks), she fights like a boxer, with some martial arts training to integrate her legs.

    Western Animation 
Community Feedback Replies: 41
  • October 23, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    Marvelous Marc Mero (formerly known as "Johnny B. Badd") used a boxing gimmick as a professional wrestler in the WWF. He came to the ring in boxing trunks rather than Underwear Of Power and used boxing moves (albeit bareknuckle) when he could.
  • October 23, 2013
    KTera
    • A few in the Tekken series:
      • Steve Fox, who was a champion middleweight boxer before he ran into trouble with The Mafia.
      • Roger and Roger Jr., a pair of genetically engineered kangaroos who were taught to box. They have a Palette Swap named Alex, who's a boxing velociraptor.
  • October 23, 2013
    Paradisesnake
        Video Games 
  • October 23, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ^ Does he use boxing techniques, or is he just an Extremity Extremist?
  • October 23, 2013
    j21
  • October 23, 2013
    KantonKage
    Ryoko from Ookami San and she uses electrified boxing gloves. Contrast Kick Chick
  • October 23, 2013
    MiinU

    Video games

  • October 24, 2013
    m8e
  • October 24, 2013
    DAN004
    Dunno if some of these count but -
    • Franky in One Piece will resort to boxing techniques (called "Franky Boxing!") when he's out of cola.
    • Makoto Nanaya from Blaz Blue has this as her fighting style. Being superhumanly strong helps.
    • Heavy D! from King Of Fighters, long before Vanessa, as the leader of American Sports Club uses standard boxing.
  • October 24, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Thanks for all the examples.

    Any thoughts on the name? I'm not terribly keen on the one I have, but it's not the worst thing in the world.
  • October 24, 2013
    KingZeal
    In Sherlock Holmes A Game Of Shadows, the villain Professor Moriarty is briefly described as a former boxing champion, during the climactic fight scene.
  • October 24, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    @OP (about my Onimusha example): Yes, Roberto uses boxing stance and techniques. He's even a half westerner by background (the game is set in the time of the first contact between Japanese and Western cultures).
  • October 24, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Thanks for the clarification. Just had to check, you know?
  • October 24, 2013
    fetchystick
    Make sure to specify that this does not apply to boxing within a boxing ring. Can it be applied to a boxing fighting style within, say, a UFC octagon?
  • October 24, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Anytime someone who can use any fighting style chooses to use a boxing fighting style, it'd count. Most video game examples are technically tournaments as well. It'd be sort of hypocritical to not include things like UFC.
  • October 24, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Fixed a Red Link.
  • October 25, 2013
    DAN004
    Tokugawa Ieyasu from Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes, as a part of his Character Development, shifts from being a spear-wielder to a bare-fisted boxer. Complete with wearing a boxer's hoodie.
  • October 25, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Villains And Vigilantes adventure There's a Crisis at Crusader Citadel. The Shrew (Sheila Brewster) was a member of the Crushers supervillain team. She was a former boxer who used her boxing skills in combat against superheroes.
  • October 25, 2013
    KingZeal
  • October 25, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Gonna need some clarification there.

    The only time I've seen him using boxing moves was when he was fighting Muhammad Ali, and arguably the Cross Counter with Doomsday.
  • October 25, 2013
    DAN004
    • One Piece: Foxy generally fights with boxing style, with spiked boxing gloves. Although he's known to use dirty tactics whenever he's got a chance.
  • October 25, 2013
    KingZeal
    ^^ In addition to the Muhammad Ali comics, it's stated that both Batman and Wildcat taught him to box.
  • October 25, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^^ I think that's questionable. In the duel between Luffy and Foxy they both used boxing gloves and boxing style techniques, so it's arguable whether that really was Foxy's normal fighting style. It sure in hell wasn't Luffy's.
  • October 25, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ^^ I know Batman taught him some moves, and I'll take your word on Wildcat... but I don't think Superman regularly incorporates boxing moves into his combat. I'm a bit iffy on that example. The Muhammad Ali comics definitely wouldn't count, since that was a competition.

    v The art style makes it tough to tell if he's using boxing, or Good Old Fisticuffs or if it's just an Extremity Extremist. Based on the guy's persona, I'd say Good Old Fisticuffs is the most likely.
  • October 25, 2013
    Bisected8
  • October 26, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Marvel Comics: Occasionally-appearing galactic-level enemy The Champion of the Universe travels throughout space challenging locals to a boxing match - if the local give the C of the U a "good fight" he'll spare the planet, otherwise he'll destroy it. Except prior to his first appearance, he never got what he thinks of as a "good" fight.
  • October 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Hrm. I think that technically might not be an example because he's using boxing in a boxing match... or were other combatants not limited to boxing rules? Wikipedia just said "boxing rules."

    Any ideas for an image? I'm having trouble thinking of one that's not just a guy looking like a boxer.

    Also, any ideas for names?
  • October 27, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Boxing in a boxing match. But thing is his opponents weren't necessarily boxers or trained in boxing; he just forced them into a boxing match against their will and they were DQed if they deviated from these rules which they don't normally follow - or even know anything about. The Hulk for example was disqualified for ripping his gloves off and turning it into essentially a (real) wrestling match; Thor was likewise hampered by his non-knowledge of boxing and was not allowed to use his hammer (though he was allowed to carry it because he'd turn back into Don Blake if he was not in contact with it for more than a minute). Let alone beings from other planets - as would be seen in comics from those other planets - who might not know of boxing at all.

    Plus (per the other wiki) he knows other martial styles but prefers boxing.
  • October 28, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch?
  • October 28, 2013
    Bisected8
    So is HoH not an example?
  • October 28, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ^ I don't think so. The Aristocrat is a bit more likely, but the way the art is done it's impossible to tell if they're boxing or not.

    ^^ I still want to see if anyone has any thoughts on names. I'm still not enamored with Boxing Battler, but it's not awful.

    ^^^ Added. Take a gander, does that look good to you?
  • October 28, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ so you want to launch it huh? I'm tempted to suggest Battlin' Boxer but that might seems a bit stupid, plus it's just a reversal of the current trope name. Maybe Boxing For Combat? BTW Can I launch it when the name is agreed on?
  • October 28, 2013
    Earnest
    Maybe: Badass Boxer, Boxing Brawler, or Boxing Bruiser? There's always non-alliterative ones like Old School Boxer and Trained Boxer. Or if you want historical puns, Rebellious Boxer. ;)
  • October 28, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ^^ Um... I was planning on launching it.

    ^ I like Boxing Brawler.
  • October 28, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ Oh, I see. forget i asked.

    Badass Boxer or Boxing Brawler could work.
  • October 28, 2013
    KingZeal
    I prefer the current name. It signifies that the character uses boxing in serious life-or-death battles.
  • October 28, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ Yeah but Larkman clearly doesn't.
  • October 28, 2013
    Larkmarn
    I like Boxing Brawler more than Boxing Battler, but I feel like it could be confused for the inverse: a competitive boxer who uses street brawling tactics rather than a fighter using competitive boxing techniques.

    I suppose for clarity's sake Boxing Battler is better, though.
  • October 28, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Boxing Battler is good. Just launch with current name.
  • October 28, 2013
    DAN004
    If we wanna be overly clear then Boxer Style Fighter or Boxing Style Fighter would work. But I like the current title anyway.
  • October 28, 2013
    Larkmarn
    No, those don't really add much. Imma just launch tomorrow morning unless someone has any brainstorms.
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