He went largely into defensive mode from the first bell, seemingly with the hope of letting Klitschko grow fatigued.
The angry and defensive manner is replaced by a sincere warmth and geniality.
But in each of these cases, the moves were defensive and wimpy, aimed at preserving eroding positions and not getting hurt.
Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson is often said to be the only defensive player to take home the trophy in 1997.
Mikayla got defensive wounds in her hands as she tried to ward him off.
We have seen how the works we have been describing are lacking in defensive qualities.
But for the most part one side in battle is on the offensive; the other on the defensive.
Then she sat down at the table by him in her defensive armour.
But the Americans and their abettors were not content with defensive law.
She found that this defensive warfare partly distracted her from the witless, interminable bickering within.
c.1400 (adj. and noun), from French défensif (14c.), from Medieval Latin defensivus, from defens-, past participle stem of Latin defendere (see defend). Of persons, "alert to reject criticism," from 1919. Related: Defensively; defensiveness.