There are many main defensive positions used in boxing.
- Guard highter for more head protection while
- Guard lower to providebetter protection against body
- Single position, but rather adapt to the situation when choosing a certain position to protect them.
Within each style, there is extensive variation among fighters, as some fighters may have their guard higher for more head protection while others have their guard lower to provide better protection against body punches. Many fighters vary their protective style throughout a bout in order to get used to the situation of the moment, choosing the position best suited to protect them.