Boxing Stats – Reach Matters

18 Jan , 2008,
jcs
10 comments

Its been a while since I’ve posted about boxing, but just recently, I did an analysis based on reach measurements. I researched all the way back to the beginnings of boxing, to determine whether or not the boxer with the longer reach won much more often.

I discovered that a boxer with any reach advantage at all won 57.1% of the time (excluding draws). At two inches or more, this went up to 58.4%. It progressively increased all the way up to 64.6% at 8 inches or more. At 10 inches or more, the number actually dropped, but I attribute this to the small subset, and because some “freak” match-ups may contaminate the results.

Some say its not the size that matters, but these results suggest more than a negligible difference. They suggest size DOES matter.  You might’ve suspected such results with regards to height, but did you expect it with regards to reach alone?

10 Comments

  1. Sherdog VASTLY overestimates reach’s importance. – Page 6 – Sherdog Mixed Martial Arts Forums April 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm Reply

    […] results with regards to height, but did you expect it with regards to reach alone?" source – Fight Matrix | Boxing Stats – Reach Matters the ones you mentioned were obviously the few […]

  2. Sherdog VASTLY overestimates reach’s importance. – Page 6 – Sherdog Mixed Martial Arts Forums April 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm Reply

    […] results with regards to height, but did you expect it with regards to reach alone?" source – Fight Matrix | Boxing Stats – Reach Matters those were obviously the few […]

  3. Bulking up only helps grapplers and should be avoided if you are mainly a striker – Page 6 – Sherdog Mixed Martial Arts Forums January 18, 2012 at 8:26 am Reply

    […] Its been a while since I’ve posted about boxing, but just recently, I did an analysis based on reach measurements. I researched all the way back to the beginnings of boxing, to determine whether or not the boxer with the longer reach won much more often. I discovered that a boxer with any reach advantage at all won 57.1% of the time (excluding draws). At two inches or more, this went up to 58.4%. It progressively increased all the way up to 64.6% at 8 inches or more. At 10 inches or more, the number actually dropped, but I attribute this to the small subset, and because some “freak” match-ups may contaminate the results. Some say its not the size that matters, but these results suggest more than a negligible difference. They suggest size DOES matter. You might’ve suspected such results with regards to height, but did you expect it with regards to reach alone? source – Fight Matrix | Boxing Stats – Reach Matters […]

  4. Slim, lanky fighters make for the best strikers? – Page 9 – Sherdog Mixed Martial Arts Forums January 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm Reply

    […] Its been a while since I’ve posted about boxing, but just recently, I did an analysis based on reach measurements. I researched all the way back to the beginnings of boxing, to determine whether or not the boxer with the longer reach won much more often. I discovered that a boxer with any reach advantage at all won 57.1% of the time (excluding draws). At two inches or more, this went up to 58.4%. It progressively increased all the way up to 64.6% at 8 inches or more. At 10 inches or more, the number actually dropped, but I attribute this to the small subset, and because some “freak” match-ups may contaminate the results. Some say its not the size that matters, but these results suggest more than a negligible difference. They suggest size DOES matter. You might’ve suspected such results with regards to height, but did you expect it with regards to reach alone? source – Fight Matrix | Boxing Stats – Reach Matters […]

  5. Does Rampage outstrike JJ? – Page 23 – Sherdog Mixed Martial Arts Forums July 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm Reply

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  6. Twyg January 14, 2009 at 4:46 pm Reply

    sock KO 1, billy lies about his size, I do not. I just saw that there was a forum on your site so I added a much needed post on it.

  7. jcs July 7, 2008 at 12:00 pm Reply

    This study suggest Billy KO1 Sock. Billy’s got that long reach since he’s 6’5.

  8. Twyg June 19, 2008 at 8:14 am Reply

    You have too much time on your hands. HAHA, Billy says hello.

  9. jcs April 6, 2008 at 6:13 pm Reply

    Fingertip to Fingertip.

    I got this from the database used at BoxRec. I have access to its contents and researched it myself.

  10. Vladimir Peric April 5, 2008 at 1:52 pm Reply

    Hi.

    Can you please wrote where you pickup this statistic. And, what is more interesting in this statistic, is reach measured from fingertip to fingertip, or from armpit to fist (or knuckle)?.

    thanx, Vlado

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