- Aug 3, 2015
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when I was saying this I was referring to stances and why it's a big deal of where the liver is located depending on stance when most people are going to go for the head anyway, but not the liver lol. but still good stuff.Very simple answer: the brain is protected by the skull. It can take loads of damage. Look at NFL CTE. Years of hits to cause that.
The chances of a head KO are greater than a body shot KO, and head strikes are worth more points, and most boxing matches end up in a decision. The average match is going to see each fighter take dozens of direct strikes to the head, but training is going to prevent all but a fraction from causing a KO.
The squishy organs around your belly are totally exposed outside of the ribs, and a strike to any one of them can cause immediate and permanent life changing damage. And for that reason, boxers train to use their abdominals muscles as sort of shield (one that doesn't work against an incoming teep or flying knee you're not prepared to receive, too)
This is why hitting below the belt is illegal in boxing: the belt isn't at the waist, it's midway up the abdomen for that reason.
Same reason weight lifting belts are designed the way they are.