Wing Chun vs Boxing: Testing Wing Chun Chi Sao Skills on a PRO Boxer
Watch the video below for a simple analysis about what happened.
About John McDermott
John McDermott is an English heavyweight boxer from England. He is a two-time challenger for the British Heavyweight title and is the current English Heavyweight title holder.
On 18 April 2008, McDermott won the vacant English heavyweight title, knocking out Pele Reid in the second round. He had fought for the same title once before in 2004 losing on that occasion to Mark Krence.
In September 2007, he had become the mandatory challenger for a second shot at the British title beating Scott Gammer on points over 10 rounds. He had fought for the title once before in December 2005, losing in the 1st round to Matt Skelton.
McDermott lost his English heavyweight title to Tyson Fury in a controversial decision on 11 September. Referee Terry O’Connor, scored the fight 98-92 in favour of Fury. After the referee handed the decision to Fury, Sky Sports commentator Jim Watt asked; “Has he [O’Connor] got the names mixed up?” Jim Watt, along with other commentators Glenn McCrory, Johnny Nelson all scored the fight to McDermott, as did David Haye.
Fury defeated McDermott in a rematch on 25 June 2010.
McDermott won a unanimous points decision against Matt Skelton on 16 March 2013 to regain the English Heavyweight title.
Wing Chun is a great martial art, but as in any fight, you still need to abide by the universal basics of Distance Control, Footwork, and Timing. These attributes have nothing to do with actual Wing Chun techniques, but just fighting.
What are your thoughts about this Wing Chun vs Boxing match?
► Wing Chun vs Boxing: “Wing Chun DOES not work.” Many people assume that if you learn Wing Chun that you will be unable to fight at a long range or cope with basic boxing or kickboxing combinations. Granted that Wing Chun is an exceptional martial art at close quarter fighting, but it can be used effectively over a long range of fighting. The notion that “Wing Chun does not work” comes from a misunderstanding of the training methodology of Wing Chun.
We did a video (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCAtNKZcGYE) explaining how Wing Chun can be used effectively over a long distance, while introducing the basic concept of improving footwork mobility. Surprisingly there are some people outside of the Wing Chun community that have the opinion that Wing Chun does not work a fight. Of course, defining a real fight is difficult, as the term can mean different things to different people. This is where the misconceptions about Wing Chun begin. As in any martial art it is necessary to develop the ability to manage and control distance to the person that is attacking you. This involves the attribute of developing good mobility and footwork.