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.
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.