Learning From The Best Boxers
Posted by Nancy on March 07, 2011
Whether you are a beginner to the world of boxing or have been at it for some time, there are some valuable things to be learned from the worlds greatest boxers. While the best boxers have certain components that are unique to each of them, they also have many areas in common; things that work well and that have brought them success.
Most accomplished boxers will say that good instruction is vital. Having good trainers or mentors who were able to pinpoint mistakes and offer advise on how to correct them were instrumental to their success.
Good equipment is important as one is learning the fundamental of boxing. Providing maximum protection to the all-important hands is crucial. Great boxers understand that having a good pair of boxing gloves to protect your hands and ward off blows inflicted by your opponent is extremely important.
Another point of agreement is the need to be in the best possible physical condition. That requires working out a routine and then sticking to it. While training varies from individual to individual, for most it would likely include running as a way to develop muscle strength and physical stamina, weight training and punching bag workouts.
Another important tip for an aspiring boxer is to develop your strengths and work to improve your areas of weakness. Work to develop your own particular style including good techniques for jabbing, punching and blocking. Develop a smooth pattern of bobbing, weaving and bending that almost flows as opposed to jerky or choppy moves.
While having passion for the sport is a great attribute, it is advisable to learn to control emotion to the degree that you can stay cool under pressure as this will increase your ability to “read” your opponent and be ready for his next moves.
Chances are that when we picture what a boxer should look like, we envision a powerfully built person who likely owes his success to his great strength. Most great boxers will attest to the fact that while strength is hugely important, it is not the only critical factor. Strategy is also of the utmost importance. Part of strategy is the ability to think fast; to discern quickly which action to take next and to anticipate your opponent. Good timing is another key component to a great boxer. This involves good footwork along with quick thinking and moving. Those boxers who are not skilled in judging distance tend to waste energy and put themselves in positions that are not optimal. Always be thinking ahead and anticipating.
There is a lot that goes into the task of becoming a good boxer but with effort, concentration and a genuine desire to improve, you can achieve success.