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I was thinking the same thing.
Just as suppressing was the lack of punches he threw.
It seems like he is only comfortable at the one range where he can counter stike and was extremely reluctant to engage at any other range.
The only thing i can put that down to is that's the place he uses the least amount of energy and wanted the fight to place there. Essentially he couldn't find his spots to throw because his opponent was for the most part all the way in or all the way out.
It’s the equivalent of jacking up threes all the time in basketball instead of being aggressive and making plays/penetrating. I’m only 31 which isn’t even old and I’m already guilty of this lazy behavior.
He knows he has good boxing, he knows he has power, and he was coming off two straight wins using his boxing. Combine that with the fact that leg kicks use up more energy where you use your hips and core more, and that Volkanovski was countering everything he did so he didn’t know what to do.
Leg kicks would have helped him in that fight, but idk if his corner called for it.