Practice is said to be the best way to become a boxer. But the question is: “Practice what?” Are you going to practice punching, combination, movement, or speed? The fact is, to become a better fighter you need to have it all. The issue here is becoming better in all aspects of boxing too soon is too much for a beginner or even for a seasoned fighter to handle, especially when not guided properly. There are several ways to become a better boxing. Since we cannot discuss it everything, let us mention some of them:
Getting Hit – No matter how good a boxer is, he will get hit by a punch. If he is unlucky enough, he might even go down. Getting hit is an inevitable fact in boxing. So how will you train for the inevitable? There are several training techniques that improve the ability of a boxer to avoid punches thrown by his opponent. Pain tolerance training is also a big help to improve the boxer’s resistance both to heavy blows and continuous barrage of punches.
Defense – “Hit and not get hit.” We are all familiar with this boxing concept. As what we have mentioned, getting hit is an inevitable fact in boxing but by working on your defenses, you will be able to minimize the amount of punches you receive, thus, reducing the amount of damage you get during the fight. Working on your weaknesses will improve your strengths. By doing sparring sessions and focusing more on what you should develop will help you become a better fighter.
Composure – If you get hit by a big punch, knock the wind of you from body punches, or too tired to even keep your hands up and block the shots coming at you, keeping your composure will save you from the almost inevitable knockout. When you are hurt, you can either clinch or move around, trying not to show that you have been affected by your opponent’s barrage of punches. Composure will tell you that you should not engage if you are hurt. Be smart is another way to put it. Do not do something that you will regret later.
Conditioning – Before you step into the ring, you carry everything you have acquired and learned while on training. Solid conditioning will enable you to tolerate punches from your opponent, throw punches at the right time, and remain standing throughout the fight.
Focus – Awareness inside the ring is as important as choosing your punches carefully. Focus allows you to read the body movement of your opponent, to pay attention on your game plan, to get in touched with the moment and the situation at hand, and to become more aware on your defensive and offensive strategy.
Movement – If you are not punching, you are moving. That is the rule and the first and last thing you should remember while on the ring. Movement is a quintessential requirement to become a good boxer. But not just any movement. A good movement maximizes the whole ring and not just the center or one corner. Basically, the reason why you move is to avoid becoming a sitting duck and to become an elusive target, thus avoiding punches.
Meanwhile, movement can also be used to frustrate your opponent. Once your opponent gets frustrated, he may start swinging punches wildly which will leave him open for a counter punch.