At 10/11/12 10:56 PM, Entice wrote:
I think you're overestimating it actually. Out of all the fist fights you've heard about how many have ended in death or even broken bones? I also don't see how being bigger and stronger would make your body hold up better if you were just randomly punched in the face. You'd get through it if you were a big guy because you're supposed to be mentally tough but it'd still hurt like a bitch and you'd have the same chance of getting your nose broken or whatever.
I'm afraid I've only been in a single serious fight (outside of schoolyard scraps) so my evidence is purely anecdotal. It did end in a few broken bones, though. Most notably when, even when "holding back" (as most sane people do) I still managed to fracture a guys forearm. I don't consider myself a pacifist, but it did surprise me just how fragile people really were. And he was a burly fellow, too.
Being bigger does, however, incredibly increase your tolerance to blunt trauma. Combine that with the simple ability of throwing a punch and yes, I do consider bigger opponents as a more serious threat.
So yes, I probably am grossly overstating the amount of damage a punch can do (perhaps in no small part aided by the governments "one punch can kill" campaign). I'd still refrain from punching a lighter person altogether, though, even if they were attacking me. There are other ways to end a fight.
All bets are off when someone picks up a knife, though.