Competitive Boxing Isn’t For Everyone

Rocky Marciano and Jersey Joe Walcott

In a recent entry, I stressed the significance of amateur boxing. I emphasized just how important it is for aspiring boxers to accumulate as much experience as possible. As I’ve said before, a boxer learns by boxing so it is essential for amateurs to spar and compete regularly. That’s how a boxer develops and progresses throughout the ranks. The Cuban program serves as a perfect example. It’s not uncommon for top Cuban amateurs to accumulate a few hundred fights. No one can dispute their success. The question that I often receive however is whether or not such frequent competition is dangerous. Is there such a thing as too much? And should boxers limit how often they spar or compete?

Learning From the Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm Fight

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard that former world champion boxer Holly Holm brutally stopped Ronda Rousey in their UFC 193 bout. Holm dominated from start to finish with brilliant footwork, timing, and accuracy. To no surprise, her victory has quickly become one of the most talked about fights in recent history. […]

James Toney – Defensive Mastery

I recently highlighted the counter punching brilliancy of Juan Manuel Marquez. Within that entry, I mentioned how such skill can only be developed through repeated practice. Aspiring counter punchers must constantly hone their craft through mitt work, partner drills, and sparring. It’s not enough to simply practice what you already know however. It’s equally important […]

Counter Punching Brilliance From Juan Manuel Marquez

In recent weeks, I’ve made a concerted effort to highlight the conditioning benefits of actually boxing. I have emphasized that the sport itself is an effective form of exercise (i.e. bag work, shadow boxing, sparring, etc.). There’s obviously more to boxing than conditioning however. The sweet science is not a fitness contest, but rather a […]