May 28 2008

Q/A: Strength Training for a granite chin?

Hey, is there anyway that you can train your “chin” – to be able to take more hits? I’ve heard of doing neck extension, while holding the weight from a towel that you bite on. Is this an urban legend or does it actually work? Thanks-David.

David, work of good defense so you don’t get caught hard. Learn how to roll with punches so you can roll away from the power.

Look at a very hard to hit fighter like Winky Wright. What’s so special about him? He keeps his hands up and elbows tucked. Pretty basic, but done very well.

Your ability to tolerant pain is within you. But do warm up properly before sparring and the fight moving your jaw around so everything is lubed and ready.

Work on your defensive skills bro. You know why most guys jaws get broke or fractured in fights? Cause their mouths are wide open when they fatigue.

Train with a mouth piece and bite down on that keeping your mouth closed on it learning to breath with it while you’re training and tired. This will protect your jaw in the fight.

Hands up, chin tucked, mouth closed, and you can’t go wrong David.

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May 25 2008

Fat camp or training camp?

If Ricky wants to make it out of boxing without any serious long lasting damage his team better start conducting training camps instead of fat camps. Seriously, he could have made a statement in Lazcano fight proving that he is indeed back better than ever. That was hardly the case. What he did prove is that he is a very hittable fighter that has not improved in the skills department for quite some time.

Ricky MUST begin to act like a world class pro now by keeping his weight in check between fights by altering his lifestyle and partaking in a strength/conditioning program that improves his dire needs of strength, speed, power, endurance. He showed little of these qualities in fading against Lazcano and he’ll get his ass severely kicked by the next world class fighter he faces unless these are improved.

Bottom line, Ricky’s training camps are grueling fat camps that are tailored to drop the weight quick. Look at the way he hits the heavy bag with his hands damn near down by his waist! He doesn’t have the type of reflexes to get away with this flaw. My point is that there is no focus on improving skill or adding to his style. team Hatton must bring in another coach like John David Jackson who can instill some solid defense into Ricky’s style. Cause what they’re doing now sure the hell isn’t working. Just watch the replay of his fight against Lazcano as it shows the obvious.

May 21 2008

Q/A: Corrective exercise for forward head.

I remember reading from you a while back about an exercise to prevent forward head posture where you lean back against a wall. Do you think neck extensions with a head harness would work for that too?

Hey Alex, first of all if there are muscle imbalances in the pelvic region ( lower cross syndrome) they must be addressed first as the pelvis is a major postural control center so if there is an upper cross syndrome there is more likely a lower cross syndrome as well.

Yes training the neck in extension will help.

When correcting postural imbalances training the postural muscles in static correct postural alignment work very well to improve imbalance. Prone cobras are another excellent postural corrective exercise correcting forward head, shoulder pronation, pronation of arms and thoracic kyphosis. Alex try using them at first with 5 sec holds-5 sec. rest, working to 10’s on, 10’s off, try holding for 30’s, then 60’s and progressing to 2 min. This works very well cause your training the postural muscles in this desired correct alignment for long holds.

Keep in mind Alex it’s best to keep at least one corrective postural exercises in your training program to combat faulty posture and improve maintain proper balance as sport and ergonomic of life alter them.

May 19 2008

Weekend wrap up.


The story of Chris Byrd dropping 40 + pounds to light heavyweight distracted many of us from the obvious going into this fight… Chris Byrd was a shot fighter. The writing was on the wall in his last heavyweight fight against Povetkin, Chris just couldn’t get out of the way of punches.

I knew George was a very fast handed fighter going into this fight and Chris wasn’t prepared for that speed as his reflexes were lost in his tough losses to Klitshko and Povetkin. The speed and power at light heavyweight is obviously far different and Chris experienced that. I’ll admit, I overlooked that Chris was pretty much shot going into his fight with George. No shame in losing though, as he’s had a great career winning a heavy weight title and battling it out with the giants and faring pretty damn good in many of those fights, like his style or not, he had balls doing it.


I like Kirland and he was very impressive with stopping Albert for the first time ever in their fight. Kirland’s hard core training methods were hyped up going into this fight. He can bang hard that’s for sure. He needs to develop more all around skills though. Sure, don’t take away from his strengths, but what is he going to do when he fights a fighter with balls, toughness, and skills. Marching relentlessly forward banging away will only take you so far, if Kirkland can expand on his awesome tenacity and punching power he can enjoy longevity in this sport and he’ll be able to adjust when he must when a fighter stands up to his strengths.


Angulo is a patient persistent killer. He starts off a little slow and that must be improved upon but when you make a mistake or create an opening, he’s on you. That was the factor in this fight, Gutierrez started off fast and had some great success severely hurting Angulo, but he made to many mistakes that a great counter puncher like Angulo capitalized on.

Alfredo really needs to increase his speed though. He hangs his punches out there to much and he’ll be caught regularly himself when he faces another persistent fighter with great hand speed. He arms punches a lot too and needs to get more leverage on his shots so he can get a guy out of there faster when he has them hurt. He’s a young fighter though and has a lot of upside and time to grow, and i think he will. Sparring with Antonio Margarito has been speeding that up too. He’s a great young gun to keep an eye on and his future is bright in the aging junior middleweight division.

Gamboa- Jimenez

I was really looking forward to watching Gamboa fight with all this hype of his comparisons to a young Meldrick Taylor. What a bunch of fucking bullshit! What really got me was the praise of Gamboa’s team going into this fight, he does have a great strength/conditioning coach in Mo who’s been doing his job, but the lack of discipline that Gamboa displayed in the fight was very disturbing for such a high praised fighter!

I mean what the hell are they working on in camp?! Keeping your hands down and hot dogging it? The dudes in trouble with a fighter who can jab, move and counter with power. I think Gamboa has A LOT of potential, but they need to tighten ship in the discipline/technique department during the fight and NOT give a fighter like Jimenez opportunities to counter and drop a fighter with seemingly superior gifts in Gamboa. Hey this is the pros, NO head gear and heavier gloves, anything can happen and having discipline makes sure it doesn’t.