Can a Gorilla learn boxing?
The short answer is... NO
Gorillas are very different than humans in their skeletal structure, and therefore have dissimilar body mechanics. Humans have proportionately long legs, and a mostly erect "S" shaped spine, where as Gorillas have proportionately short legs, feet...
Best answer: Can a Gorilla learn boxing?
The short answer is... NO
Gorillas are very different than humans in their skeletal structure, and therefore have dissimilar body mechanics. Humans have proportionately long legs, and a mostly erect "S" shaped spine, where as Gorillas have proportionately short legs, feet that are more like hands, and a very hunched-over "C" shaped spine. A proper stance and footwork are the most important and fundamental components of boxing, and this would be impossible for a Gorilla. They could never be able to stand-up right without being extremely off balance, they could never achieve the right stance or move their feet the right way for throwing proper punches, and they could never move their upper or lower body like a boxer does.
Gorillas are naturally inclined to fight in a way that supports their body's design. They don't exactly have a "natural punching" style, what they generally do in a fight is raise their very long and powerful arms up high above their heads... and with incredible power they POWER SLAM them in a downward motion with enough power to snap a Lion's spine! They also swoop their arms across their bodies in a sideways/horizontal motion at an attacker, but the striking power of this attack is not the real objective (although it will do serious damage), the main goal is to grab the other animal, and pin it down with one arm, so that the gorilla can raise his free arm up high, and power-slam it downward onto the pinned animal, likely killing it in one or two downward forearm/hammer-fist strikes. Gorillas also have incredibly formidable fangs, and can do very severe damage with their bites, and they DO bite in fights! In very close quarters, Gorillas can also use their incredible strength to literally tear animals apart with their hands, like humans rip cardboard! There was a case where gorilla researchers discovered a mangled body of a leopard near a gorilla band, and its lower jaw bone had been completely ripped OFF, its spine snapped, and its skull crushed, and torn in pieces! They observed very mild injuries to the male silver-back leader, that were clearly done by the leopard.
Gorillas don't need boxing... and even if they did... they couldn't use it!
Its NOT an intelligence thing... Gorillas are intelligent enough to learn sign language, so my guess is that they are probably intelligent enough to learn boxing basics, but... they're NOT designed for it physically.
The power in boxing's punches come from the legs, the movement of the (human style) feet, and hip torque, these are things a gorilla could never do! If a gorilla were to throw jabs and crosses the sheer length and weight of their long arms would throw them off balance, and they would fall over on all fours. Given their strength... if they threw hooks it would spin them around, and again they would land on all-fours. They also could never move their feet like a boxer, stand upright with enough balance to execute dynamic boxing movements, and most importantly...
A GORILLA CANNOT MAKE A PROPER FIST!!!
A gorilla's hands are very different from a human's The gorilla, like other apes have very long fingers to grasp thick tree branches. The human is the ONLY primate that is able to make a proper fist!. A gorilla's fingers are too long to curl up into a proper fist, and given the physical strength of a gorilla... if they were to throw a boxing style punch, they would break their hands on whatever they hit!!! This is why when they use downward arm strikes the point of contact is generally the forearm, not the somewhat closed fist.
So... yeah, unfortunately Gorillas CANNOT learn to box given their morphological design...
However... IF BIG FOOT IS REAL... and, he matches the popular descriptions... HE ACTUALLY MIGHT BE ABLE TO LEARN TO BOX!!!
The reason is because BIGFOOT supposedly stands upright, and has a more human-like spine and foot shape! I don't know it they would be able to make a closed fist like a human, or if it would be shaped more like a gorillas. So... I hope that helps!!!
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