Originally Posted by MuayThaiBX
It seems to me that she just gets too tense in the fight with her striking. She's probably much better at relaxing and throwing combos when she is training. She gets too intense and angry during the fight and it causes her to abandon the decent (not great) boxing she probably shows in the gym.
She gets too tense in the fight because she has a live opponent in front of her.
I've seen it a lot in amateur fights. You watch them punch the bag or hit the mitts and they look like Mike Tyson, but when you have a person who wants to smash your face in and they know you're trying to smash their face in, the timing and range of throwing strikes become very awkward.
They're used to punching something that doesn't move, where you connect every punch perfectly. In practice it's great, get your body used to it, but in a fight, the only way to really know how to strike is if you spar.
She always punches AT her opponents, she doesn't punch through them and she doesn't know how to set people up using her strikes. She hasn't learned how to disguise her right hand behind her jab or how to use misdirection to open her opponent up or anticipate her opponent's counters or any of that stuff.
I'd rather have a fighter who doesn't have textbook technique, but totally understands distance, range, timing, and misdirection. Travis Browne comes to mind. He looks sloppy in there some times, but he has a strong grasp of how to set opponents up with strikes, how to disguise his strikes, and how to make his opponent have a more predictable attack so his movements can be anticipated.