There are many main defensive positions (guards or styles) 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 considerable 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 defensive style throughout a bout in order to adapt to the situation of the moment, choosing the position best suited to protect them.