Boxing Battler

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"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 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 above-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.
  • 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).

     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) 
  • 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. 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 bareknuckle) when he could.
  • 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.

    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 
  • 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.
  • Balrog from Street Fighter II, a big Scary Black Man with big Red Boxing Gloves. Notably, his name in the Japanese version was M. Bison, an obvious play off of real life boxer Mike Tyson. The M. Bison name was then given the Big Bad 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.
  • 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.
  • The 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.
  • 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.

    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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