Would you be the kind that dances around and jabed?
That wasn't me I never did a lot dancing in the ring.
I wasn't flashy, and didn't possess much showmanship in the ring, my style was never flashy or pretty. I just came to fight that's all. (smiling)
Or would you be the slugger?
Pick a fighter that had the style you would like to have, or describe the style you have created or have been taught.
If I had to pick a fighter that my style may had come to closest to yet it would have been just exactly the same I'd say maybe it would be a light heavyweight and had also fought as middleweight fighter named Henry Hank, he was long before your time and was a good fighter but never held the title.
But he comes to mind, as I gave thought to your question as for style any way.
Hank was a really good fighter and a tough guy, he'd always try to get the knock out. I think I carried myself in the ring in my fights near the same as he did as for style, I fought much like he did.
I came to always to be wanting to get the knockout too.
Didn't always get it! But I came to always try, but that was later in the amatuer ranks some time after I won a title and had gained more experience and moved out of the novice ranks and to fight open-class as a middleweight in the late 1960s, and as light heavyweight in the early 1970s.
As for going for the knock out, more than half the fights that I had won and they were either by knock outs or techincal knock outs (TKO).
After I gained more experienced fighting, I would say that I was more of an inside fighter, and a street fighter or brawler I guess you could say as for the way to fight that was most natural and comfortable for me as for the way in which I fought best.
It takes time to develop your style and to find what comes more natural to you as boxer, and when you find it. You then cultivate it and to build upon it.
It wasn't pretty and flashy the way I liked to fight as for what came natural for me in the ring in fighting.
I'd right handed, but my one best weapon was a left hook.
I could punch hard with my right, but why I say the left hook was my best weapon was because I was very deceptive in being able to get the hook in.
I liked to also throw double hooks to the body, and also to the head.
I was really good at getting the hooks in. (smiling)
I myself would have sort of a mix between Holmes's style, and Marciano/Fraziers style.
I would want to back up jabbing with a fast, hard jab, but if need be slug it out with the guy.
I would want to be able to KO the guy with 1 shot just in case.
No all the knockouts I got was with one punch, but some of them were. Usually, I got the knockouts with combination punches.
Some of them came by hooks to the body, the guy would go down and not be able to caught his breath in time and be counted out.
Several fights that I had had ended like that by a hook to the body, and would be short punches.
I came to never like to just stand back and box a guy really. I couldn't do my best fighting like in that way. I needed to be on the inside to better win.
My right hand would be my power shot that would reac havoc on my oppenent.
What would your style be?
Many guys who had a big punch in their right will start with that and as they became more experienced come later to have the big punch in both hands and to come to have a good left hook too.
Straight punches are much easier to see coming at you than hooks and uppercuts.
Guys like Larry Holmes you mentioned that have long arms and are more your pure or classic boxers usually are very good jabbing, you got to fight on the inside to take that good weapon away from them because if you allow them to keep you at a distance a good boxer like that can beat you to death.