Tips from the Pros

Boxing is a sweet science with an ugly face. It’s a sport about hitting without getting hit, about controlling the ring and dominating your opponent. Boxers who master these skills are able to control the pace of a fight, and they usually win.

There’s no single formula for success in boxing. In fact, there are as many methods of fighting as there are boxers. Some guys fight on the outside and avoid punches by moving their heads. Others fight on the inside and try to smother their opponents’ punches. The key to boxing is figuring out what works best for you.

One basic method is the double jab: throw two quick jabs and then follow with your power hand.

Jabbing is a good way of keeping your opponent at bay, but if he gets inside your jab, you’ll need another strategy. Try following up with a cross, which is also known as a straight or right hand: it’s an overhand punch that lands with your arm crossing over your body. A cross usually follows a jab, flurry or hook.

1. Do not take your opponent lightly. Always expect the unexpected

2. Maintain good balance by keeping feet about shoulder width apart.

3. Never completely straighten your legs when punching or leaning forward

4. Don’t square up in front of your opponent, but rather sideways to him or her

5. Keep your chin down and guard up at all times

6. Place 70% of your body weight on the balls of your feet for quick movement

7. Never over-extend yourself when punching; stay in control at all times

8. Never drop your hands after throwing a punch, always follow through with a jab or block

9. Always come out punching at the start of each round and keep it up until the bell rings

10. Conditioning is the key to winning any boxing match; make sure you are in top shape

In boxing, the mental game is just as important as the physical game. The best boxers are able to keep their focus on the fight and their opponent at all times. One way to develop this skill is to visualize your upcoming fights in advance. Picture yourself entering the ring, making your way to your corner, and feeling the referee’s eyes on you as he gives you last-minute instructions. Imagine every aspect of a real fight, from the ref’s commands to the first punch. Make sure you include all of your senses in your visualization: What does the ring feel like under your feet? What do you smell? What do you hear? Visualizing a fight before it happens can help you feel more confident and prepared when it’s time to step into the ring for real.

Many people think that boxing is a long series of defense moves. This is wrong, boxing is an attack sport, you should be attacking and defending at the same time. Think Mike Tyson, he was a great boxer because he attacked at the same time he defended.

The most important part of a boxer’s body are their legs. They allow for movement, for defense and for attack. If your legs are weak then you will not be able to do anything else well.

Make sure that you keep your legs bent when you run and when you practice your footwork. Your feet should never be in front of your body, they should always be behind it.

If you can’t box without being tired then you need to work on your endurance because boxing requires a lot of stamina!

Breathing is one of the most important things in boxing. It’s right up there with footwork, defense, and punching. A fighter who doesn’t know how to breathe properly will not have good endurance, will tire easily, won’t be able to throw many combinations, and will have poor recovery after a round.

When a boxer first learns how to breathe correctly it can feel quite awkward at first. You must learn to breathe slowly when you punch and exhale when you punch. Do not hold your breath or gasp for air when you throw punches. This is very important. Breathe slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth.

You should also learn to take deep breaths during the breaks in between rounds, during the one minute rest period between rounds.

Practice on the heavy bag. You will want to work on your combinations, your speed, and your power. You can use the heavy bag to practice these things.

If you want to land a punch well, you’ve got to learn how to properly extend your arm. Extend it carefully, but in a fast movement. If you extend your arm too slow, it is easy for the opponent to either dodge or block the punch.

Get used to the feel of working with another person. In practice fights, get used to letting go and throwing punches quickly- don’t hold back!

It may be tempting and fun (and more exciting) to throw real punches and fight hard during practice spars and fights; however, it is very important not to do so. Not only will this lead to injuries on both sides, but it will also teach you bad habits that will carry over into real fighting situations when it’s not appropriate. Always keep in mind that what you are doing in practice is learning skills and techniques; this should be true of both offensive and defensive moves. You can try new things out in practice fights since they are less dangerous than real fights with an opponent who is also trying hard, but don’t put yourself or others at risk by throwing real

In the first place, you have to know that these things called “knock-outs” aren’t accidents. They are caused by a scientific punch delivered in a scientific manner. The old-fashioned idea of rushing in and trying to batter your opponent into submission with a series of wild blows is all wrong. To be successful in fighting, you must develop the art of hitting without being hit; and this brings me to my next point:

Defensive Boxing

The first essential in boxing is defense. You should be able to block or avoid every blow that’s aimed at you, no matter what its force or how awkwardly it is delivered. It’s not enough merely to block or slip off the punches that are aimed at your head; for you will find that as soon as your opponent discovers that he can’t get past your guard, he will begin aiming his blows at your body. And sooner or later he is bound to find an opening there unless you watch yourself closely and change your guard from time to time. Don’t forget, either, that you must guard against low blows as well as those aimed at the upper part of the body; for many a good boxer has been beaten by a blow below the belt when he least expected it.

Offensive Boxing

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