Boxing Battler

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Punches vs the most advanced suit of power armor a warrior race could make. Seems fair.

"The punch is mightier than the sword!"

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 every bit 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:

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    Anime and Manga 

    Comicbooks 
  • DCU:
    • Batman is noted to include boxing among the 127 styles of martial arts he is a master of. Not that surprising, since one of his mentors in hand-to-hand combat was the below-mentioned Wildcat. As this article notes, Batman's use of boxing was even more pronounced in his golden age appearances, where it seemed to be his primary striking style.
    • Wildcat from the Justice Society of America 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. And is one of the many combat instructors of a young, pre-Batman, Bruce Wayne.
    • Kate Kane was a boxer during her time at West Point, and flashbacks to her Batwoman training depict her continuing to learn that style.
  • Marvel Universe
    • The Champion of the Universe, a cosmic-level entity, 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.
    • Daredevil's fighting style is described by Danny Rand as "old-school jujutsu— with a little New York Irish Boxer thrown in for good measure." Makes sense, considering Daredevil's father was a professional boxer.
    • Moon Knight had a stint as a heavyweight boxer in his youth. While he learned many other styles throughout his later careers as a soldier, mercenary, and costumed hero, his hard-hitting brawling style of combat still brings to mind a prize-fighter. Emphasized by his occasional use of spiked cestus (the ancient precursor to boxing gloves).
    • In addition to being a Flying Brick, America Chavez is a trained boxer.

     Fanworks 
  • In the remake of the Battle Fantasia Project, Sailor Venus and Tuxedo Kamen and the magical girls taught by them tend to prefer boxing in melee combat. Justified for Tuxedo Kamen as he's said to have been a boxing champion in middle school (as a nod to him being often compared to Batman, who, as noted above, relied mainly on that during the Golden Age), and for everyone due the simple fact they tend to fight outnumbered, a situation where kicking means a possibly suicidal loss of mobility in-fact Sailor Venus' actual primary striking style is Savate, but she reserves kicks only for one-on-one fights, looking more like a boxer than a savateur.

    Films (Live Action) 
  • Ip Man
    • 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 the martial artist was allowed to use kicks and throws, while Twister only used punches and was still wearing his boxing gloves. He even nearly defeated the titular Ip Man, who bordered on Invincible Hero.
    • In Ip Man 3, Frank, played by Mike Tyson, also fights like a boxer, but sprinkles in kicks and wrestling moves from time to time so Ip Man can't exploit stance and grapple technique illegal in boxing. He was able to fight Ip Man to a draw.
  • Fearless (2006): 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.
  • Happy Hogan in Iron Man 2 spends a couple rounds in the ring early on. Much later, he uses the same skills to take down a mook. While Black Widow takes out all the rest.
  • In Black Knight, Jamal uses boxing moves to defeat three medieval bullies, who were quite strong but clearly didn't know how to fight, and were confused by Jamal's stances and footwork.
  • George Chambers in Undisputed II: Last Man Standing is a former heavyweight boxing champion thrust into prison vale tudo fighting. Despite his handicap, he's actually able to hold his own in his first fight against the "complete fighter" Yuri Boyka before being drugged and knocked out.

    Literature 
  • The protagonists of Louis L'Amour's works 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.
  • Sherlock Holmes is a classically-trained boxer, as well as a student of other disciplines such as singlestick and jiu jitsu.

    Live Action Television 
  • In Doctor Who, the First Doctor, a gray-haired old man beats a Roman assassin this way, then mentions how he used to be a boxing coach.
    • The Third Doctor was quite a boxer too, claiming to have gotten pointers from John L. Sullivan himself.

    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 bare-knuckle) when he could.
  • While Rodney Mack was a shoot fighter who turned to mixed martial arts, his manager Theodore Long described him as one of these during their race baiting "white boy challenges" in WWE. His wife Jazz would also adopt a jab combo.
    Teddy Long:"You got to box like Rodney Mack, knock the white boy out!"
  • Consequences Creed, an Expy of Apollo Creed from the Rocky films, from TNA fought like this.
  • Elijah Burke aka D'Angelo Dinero was a former boxer. In his wrestling matches, he often uses punch combos and is fast enough to do Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs for real.
  • Tara would take to boxing for her comebacks after her Heel–Face Turn in TNA.
  • IWA PR and WWC wrestler El Chico Illegal Chicano is a member of the famous (at least in the Caribbean) Cotto family which includes at least one world champion of four divisions in Miguel and two Pan American medalists in José and Abner. He himself has graduated from amateur to pro boxer after becoming a pro wrestler(he was forced to by Federacion Puertorriquena de Boxeo Aficionado), where he established an 8-1-1 record, so when he began incorporating boxing into his wrestling matches in 2015 in an effort to win the WWC Universal Title, no one was surprised.
  • Celtic Championship Wrestling in Ireland has Marion Armstrong - who calls himself "Mr. Knockout". He wrestles primarily with bare-knuckle boxing moves and occasionally wears the traditional robe to the ring.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The New World of Darkness has this as one of the basic fighting styles, (a series of Merits that relate to a single way of fighting) allowing for haymakers, body and combination blows, better dodging ability and even one-hit KOs and channeling your willpower into Lethal (very heavy) Damage. You can even mix in grapples and dirty moves if you spread your points out.
  • Villains & 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 
  • Probably as a tribute to his Prime counterpart, this is Bumblebee's default fighting style in Transformers: Devastation.
  • A few in the Tekken series:
    • Steve Fox, who was a champion middleweight boxer before he ran into trouble with The Mafia. His style relies almost entirely on punch attacks, with the kick buttons being repurposed for various evasive techniques.
    • 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. The pair use plenty of kicks and professional wrestling moves as well though.
  • Akihiko Sanada from Persona 3 and Persona 4: Arena was a boxer before he became a Persona-user, and his style of fighting is still based around boxing moves.
  • Street Fighter was quite a number of these in the numerous installments in the franchise.
    • From Street Fighter I, released in 1987, Mike was the very first fighter in the series to employ boxing as a fighting style. Though he has never been featured in any other game afterward, he was given a character profile for the Capcom Fighter Network (CFN) providing further details including that he was not the same individual as Balrog (read next entry for details).
    • Balrog from Street Fighter II, a big Scary Black Man with big Red Boxing Gloves. Notably, his name in the Japanese version was Mike Bison, an obvious play off of real-life boxer Mike Tyson. The name was then given the Big Bad (altered to M. Bison) to avoid being too obvious. In the tie-in comic he is soundly trounced by Ryu, who then claims that a fighter who neglects his entire lower body and two of his limbs has no right to call himself a martial artist.
    • Dudley from Street Fighter III is a British boxer who's a Quintessential British Gentleman, though he does have a few illegal techniques in his roster. (Some fans posit that he may only use the illegal techniques we see in the series' tournaments and street fights, not in actual boxing matches.) He's also never seen without his big blue boxing gloves.
    • Ed in Street Fighter V, having been raised by Balrog mixes up boxing with Psycho Power techniques.
  • T.J. Combo from Killer Instinct, he even wears Red Boxing Gloves while some of the other fighters use swords and even laser swords. He's an expy of Balrog from Street Fighter II. In the reboot however, he's much more of a mixed martial artist, adding grabs and kicks to his moveset.
  • Yugo Ohgami, from Bloody Roar, is a professional boxer, who also uses martial arts and street fighting. This makes him more of a MMA-style character, though boxing is his primary means of attack.
  • Art of Fighting has Mickey Rogers, a former boxing champion who lost his career after he accidentally killed a man in the ring. Despite this, he isn't limited to punches, thanks to his "Burning Upper" and "Rolling Upper" projectile attacks; giving him a play style similar to Sagat.
  • The King of Fighters
    • Heavy D!, as the leader of American Sports Team, uses standard boxing techniques in the KOF tournament.
    • Vanessa combines boxing with flash stepping for truly Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs and insane combos!
  • Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers gives us Rick Strowd, a champion Native American lightweight prizefighter (and former casino boxer) with some pretty wild and acrobatic maneuvers. He was in the running for a spot on the KOF '99 roster, but lost out to fellow newcomer Li Xiangfei. Rick's electric moveset has since been partially assimilated by the aforementioned Vanessa, who in 2002 has access to his Hellion special and even uses his Gaia Gear P-Power as a HSDM .
  • Makoto Nanaya from BlazBlue has this as her fighting style. Being superhumanly strong helps, though she is one of the least empowered characters in the series.
  • Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams: Roberto Frois is a half-Japanese Christian missionary whose weapon of choice are the "Exorcising Beads" implanted in his arms. Whereas the other characters use weapons like swords, almost all of Roberto's attacks are boxing techniques done by his fists (though he does have a roundhouse kick as one of his techniques). This means that when you use the special Counter Attack "Issen" as Roberto, you can actually slice through your enemies with your fists the same way if you would be using a sword.
  • 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.
  • Little Mac from Punch-Out!! appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an Assist Trophy, where he hits opponents using boxing techniques and dashes. He's actually one of the most useful Assist Trophies. He later became an Ascended Extra, becoming playable in Wii U/3DS. Everything he does is based around boxing. No cheap shots; just quick, clean, and powerful punches.
    • It also goes without saying that all the opponents from Punch-Out!! and its sequels fit the trope, though most of them use moves that one would call "cheating" in any other setting such as kicking, magic, and maybe covering its stomach with a manhole.
  • Pokémon
    • Hitmonchan from the first generation games is a Pokémon able to use almost any punching technique (including elemental punches), and has built-in Red Boxing Gloves. Up until Generation IV, it was pretty much useless, since the elemental punches were based on its awful Special Attack rather than Physical Attack, which as a boxer is obviously its better stat. The same generation also gave Hitmonchan a new ability in Iron Fist, which strengthens its punching attacks even more.
    • Generation VII introduces a new boxing Pokémon in the form of Crabrawler, who is a pure fighting-typed coconut crab. Unlike Hitmonchan, its boxing glove-like pincers are blue.
  • God Hand allows players to build their own combos, which of course lets players customize their moveset to use nothing but boxing moves. Even so, based on cutscenes and boss fights, Gene definitely has several boxing techniques and characteristics in his canon fighting style.
  • Night Shift of Skylanders was a retired professional boxer before becoming one of the Skylanders in charge of protecting Cloudbreak.
  • Edward Falcon, The Hero of PowerStone relies on boxing techniques when fighting hand-to-hand.
  • Power stance while Dual Wielding Caestus in Dark Souls II takes you from a semi-clumsy and very impractical Good Old Fisticuffs style of slow, telegraphed crosses to a much faster and smoother one-two punch.
  • Cole Phelps from LANoire learned to box in the army as an officer during WW2. These skills serve him well when subduing suspects as a detective in the course of the game. Of course, as the game takes place in 1940's America, before Eastern martial arts were popularized in the West, most of the NPC's use boxing-style fighting techniques as well.
  • While the films never portray Indiana Jones' hand-to-hand combat skills as anything more than Good Old Fisticuffs, the PC adventure game adaptation of The Last Crusade shows him sparring with Barnett College's boxing coach in his off-hours. This comprises the game's combat tutorial. It's explicitly noted in dialogue that this is his way of practicing for pummeling Nazi agents.
  • Dauntless of Rising Thunder is a giant robotic boxer with large fists colored like boxing gloves.
  • In Eternal Fighter Zero, Kaori Misaka has this as her fighting style, as she relies on punches, very fast footwork and evasion techniques; she's like a combination of Dudley from Street Fighter III with Vanessa from The King of Fighters.
  • Kazuma Kiryu of the Yakuza series uses techniques from various styles. However, he has more than a little boxing influence. This is most emphasized in the prequel Yakuza 0. Two of Kiryu's three trainers, Bacchus and Kamoji, whom respectively teach the Brawler and Rush styles, are explicitly noted to have experience in boxing. Rush in particular features an emphasis on fast-footwork, Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs and a high-guard, bladed stance heavily influenced by boxing.
    • Appropriately, also from Yakuza 0, Recurring Boss character Kuze is a former pro-boxer. These skills are large part of the reason he's able to repeatedly face-off against the much younger Kiryu and hold his own.
  • Body Blows: Junior is a boxer who has a background similar to that of Street Fighter's Balrog. However this British Boxer differs in that he didn't turn to criminal activity following his ban from boxing and instead looked for a new fighting circuit to prove himself in skill and honor.

    Web Comics 
  • Esther de Groot, of the Bobbins Verse, is a skinny goth girl who often wears a tutu. She fights under the Marquess of Queensbury rules, and her record when last reported was 28 fights, won 27 (14 by TKO), drawn 1. And as she demonstrates here, she's perfectly able to employ these skills in no-holds barred combat with other martial artists, even if she's not above using dirty tricks and psychology to get an edge on them.
  • The protagonist of "Dogfight" counts as this since he originally trained to be a boxing before he started working as a fighter for Amaranth. While he does use a combination of kicks, headbutts, bites, knees, elbows, brawling, and grappling... boxing is still his primary fighting style.

    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 


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