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West LA Boxing Blog
|Posted on April 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM||comments (122)|
Obviously there are many reasons why boxers fight past their "prime". Generally it happens because of 3 reasons, the money, the good old applause, or the same single mindedness that made them champ is telling him he can do again.
1) Most of the time fighters hang around too long because of the money. You have to understand coming up boxers don't make much, but when they finally do start getting decent paydays often times its later in their career. So now when they are finally starting to see some decent paydays you think they want to retire? For every Leonard or Dela Hoya there's 10,000 other fighters making peanuts. Even if the purse looks good on paper the pot is being split between promoters, managers, trainers, etc.
2) The roar of the crowd. Some fighters who are financially set can't live without the cheer from the fans and all the adulation that comes from being a prize fighter. Even Ali once said the sound of the fans chanting, "ALI, ALI" as he came into the ring is what kept bringing him back.
3) It takes a person of great self belief to become a champion in boxing. With kind of personality trait it's hard for that fighter to be truly honest with himself and say "I don't have it anymore". Even if the fighter does lose badly to lesser opposition, he may immediately say I can't do this anymore but as time goes on he'll get that itch again. Then he'll start making excuses about why he lost, bad training camp, family problems, nagging injuries, etc. The old fighter with same mentality that told he could be champ in the first place will tell him he's got enough left for one more run to the title. Unfortunately in boxing there is no barometer that can tell you don't have it anymore. This is why I say boxing is the greatest seducer of all time, you'll feel good on the bags, feel good on the mitts, feel good in sparring, but you never really know until it's too late, under the bright lights......
|Posted on January 2, 2012 at 9:27 PM||comments (125)|
There's a difference between being fast and quick in Boxing. Many people think if a fighter is fast then he is also quick but this isn't always the case. Being quick is having the abilty to react to the opponent. For example you need to be relatively quick to have good defense or to be an efficient counter puncher. Many fighters are fast when they deceide to intiate a punch or manuever. The young Roy Jones Jr. was fast and quick but as he got older he reaction time (quickness) slowed. Consequently he became more susceptible to opponents punches. That doesn't mean he isn't fast anymore. Even at the age of 42 when he punches he still has tremendous hand speed what has left him is the quickness. He can still intiate but cannot react like before. Take for instance Barry Sanders in football, he wasn't necessarily fast but he had unbelievable quickness and reaction instincts. In boxing the biggest stars in the game today Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are both fast but I believe Mayweather to have a quickness advantage. Manny is explosive when he deciedes to do something in the ring but I don't see that same decesiveness when it comes to defense and counter punching. Amir Khan is another fighter who has great hand speed but is not necessarily quick. I have yet to see him counter punch much or frustrate an opponent because of his defense. I have nothing but respect for Pacquiao and Khan just merely pointing out most of their success has been predicated on being "fast" with a volume of punches not because of quickness. At the end of the day a win is a win whether you use speed, reaction, etc, etc just pointing out there's difference between being "fast" or "quick".
|Posted on August 31, 2011 at 11:26 AM||comments (428)|
Shadow Boxing is one of the best exercises you can do to increase your boxing fundamentals and overall boxing game. The problem is most people don't know how to do it properly or have any motivation to do it.
There are many benefits to shadow boxing. Unlike the heavy bag if done properly there is alot of footwork involved just like there would be in an actual fight. Also while shadow boxing your punches aren't hitting a target which forces you to maintain balance and by punching the air you get a feel for what it would be like in a boxing match. Contrary to popular belief your going to miss more punches than you land in a bout. Shadow Boxing is essentially like a basketball player shooting around by himself working on different moves and different shots.
The problem most people have is they don't shadow box properly. They generally don't incorporate their feet correctly, punch in combinations that don't make sense, don't get full movements, and the biggest problem is they have no interest in it. This lack of interest generally stems from lack of experience in the ring so they can't visualize an opponent to make it realistic and beneficial. Obviously a way to fix that is to begin sparring and gaining that experience but not everyone is ready for actual live contact. This is why we developed the "Audio Boxing Trainer". It was first designed for shadowing boxing but can be used on heavy bags as well. Basically it a a downloadable to any MP 3 and you will have boxing punches and movements both offensive and defensive called out that are more consistent to what would actually occur in a real fight. The CD contains 8-3minute rounds of instruction and also 4-2 minute cardio rounds . It's just like having a trainer with you. The "Audio Boxing Trainer" can be purchased through BoxingFitnessFactory.com.
You can't be a complete boxer if you can't or won't shadow box. Imagine Kobe Bryant never shooting the basketball by himself.
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|Posted on August 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM||comments (1261)|
Most people automatically assume that because someone plays football they would also have the type of pain tolerance and temperment for boxing. The violence and type of contact in football is completely different from that in boxing. First off the collisions in football is like a car crash. One big moment of impact then you rest for 30 seconds and do it again. Boxing on the other hand is a non stop attack on vital areas that is not protected by $5,000 worth of equipment. In football if you become tired but there is rest in between plays. Boxing on the other hand doesn't afford such breaks. Aside from 1 minute in between rounds there is no time to regroup and catch your breath. The contact is constant and consistent. Football players are tough but the type of pain tolerance required is different from what is required in boxing. As far as temperment football players try to hit as hard as they can on every play. In boxing you can't load up every punch for a knockout. You must have controlled aggression.
Many also assume because football players have big muscles they will be strong and able to knock people out. The problem is huge muscles are more often counter productive for boxing. Bigger muscles tend to tire more quickly and restrict movment. Ideally you want long wiry muscles which are more elastic and more capable of moving rapidly for longer durations of time. This is one reason why I'd rather convert a basketball into a boxer, than a football player. Another reason would be a basketball players required movements are much like that in the ring. A basketball defensive slide mimics movement in Boxing. You have to drive from your hips, not cross over your feet. A pivot in basketball is relatively the same as pivoting in the boxing ring. Not to mention a basketball player generally has decent conditioning.
Due to body type, movements, and general conditioning basketball players generally can pick up the basics of boxing faster than football players.
|Posted on July 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM||comments (94)|
The constant debate amongst boxing fans is who wins, a prime Mike Tyson or a prime Muhammad Ali?
As Henry Ford once said, "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do". Many Tyson backers need to understand this. Pro Tyson fans always talk about what he would have done if he stayed with Kevin Rooney, Cus D'Amato stayed alive, no Don King, or no Robin Givens. Unfortunately in a debate "what ifs" hold little merit. The fact of the matter is Iron Mike lost almost every major fight he was in. Sure he beat Michael Spinks who was a blown up light heavyweight and a well past his prime Larry Holmes but when he faced legitimate world class heavyweights he failed miserably.
Ali was in his prime prior to his 3 year layoff due to his refusal to enroll in the US milatary. That Ali/Cassius Clay was undefeated. Most people when they refer to a prime Tyson are talking about before he went to prison for rape. Even the "prime" Tyson lost to Buster Douglas who fought with a very similar style to Ali's. He even goes as far as micking Ali's famous glove up mouth wide open gesture after KOing Tyson.
You've got to understand Ali was bigger than Tyson, faster than him, and above all else more mentally tough. Tyson folded every time under stiff opposition whether inside of the ring or out. Ali would have mentally tormented him prior too and during the fight much like he did to Tyson's idol Sonny Liston.
Tyson backers love to say once if Ali got hard hit by Mike it would be over. Are you kidding me? Ali took punches from some of the hardest hitters in boxing history, Earnie Shavers, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton and none of them could knock him out.
I'm a huge fan of Mike Tyson but to hear people say he would've beaten Ali is absurd. People talk about these fantastic knockouts Tyson had early in his career much of which were against subpar competition. Sure Kimbo Slice also looked great knocking out bums in his back yard but much like Tyson as soon as he faced real compettion he was mediocre.
Tyson would have a hard time catching and cutting off the ring versus the fleet footed Ali. Ali wins by late stoppage or easy UD.
Boxing Tip: Try to work different intervals on the heavy bag. Ex: 30 sec-speed/30 sec power/30 sec power &speed/ 30 sec 5 punch combos/ 30 sec stiff jabs/ 30 sec speed jabs etc....
Contact: [email protected] for Boxing Training, Private sessions, bootcamps, Kids boxing Classes in West Los Angeles, Culver City, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Manhattan Beach and anywhere in Los Angeles or call (310) 770-1151.