In looking at combat sports that allow hand strikes to the head, Boxing skills are an advantage for an athlete. Even though Kickboxing, MMA, and Thai Boxing allow the use of other weapons (kicks, knees, elbows, etc.), the hands are used more often. All else being somewhat equal, the better boxer has an advance. Boxing help set up kicks, knees, etc. When an opponent is hurt more often than not, it is with the hands. So, get with a boxing coach and improve your hands.