Boxing vs Combat Sambo – does not last long
In the following video we see an interesting clash of styles between a combat sambo practitioner and a boxer and it doesn’t last very long.
Now sambo is generally seen as a grappling focused but there are several different branches of sambo such as sport sambo, freestyle sambo, and in this case combat sambo.
Combat sambo is very similar to modern MMA competition but was originally developed for the military and very much includes the use of various strikes including even groin strikes.
MMA heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko is a well-known practitioner of combat sambo and has been a very successfully competitor within that realm.
In this video, it is pretty clear early on who is the practitioner of each art. The boxer is in the head gear but you can tell he is a boxer based on his stance with his hands held very high. The combat sambo is much more loose both in his stance and his movements, very similar to how Fedor looks when he fights.
The boxer’s high guard is great for boxing but in a mixed rules fight it can make you more susceptible to being taken down which the sambo fighter goes to after landing a couple good strikes of his own.
Like most boxers without grappling training though, he is a fish out of water and doesn’t really know what to do once it hits the ground. It doesn’t take long before he is quickly submitted with a nice arm bar by the combat sambo practitioner and the fight is called.
Sambo is a Soviet martial art and combat sport. The word “SAMBO” is an acronym for SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, which literally translates as “self-defense without weapons”. Sambo is relatively modern since its development began in the early 1920s by the Soviet Red Army to improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities. It was intended to be a merger of the most effective techniques of other martial arts. [Source: Wiki]