Boxing Tips: Corner Notes.

Corner work is an art that takes time to master. There is a big difference between being a good trainer and an excellent corner man. Time is precious in the corner as there’s only one minute. Instructions¬† must be on point yet not wasted.

I just heard some of the most brilliant overlooked advice today at the James Toney Boxing Tournament from a coach ( Derri Riley) I’ve known since I was 17 years old. The work has been done. The plan has been laid pre fight. Relax you can’t teach a fighter to fight before, during,¬† or in between rounds. Guide them and direct them to make the necessary adjustments to win that’s it, be calm and coach. Emotions cannot get the best of the corner man which takes discipline.

Some of my fighters make me go crazy in the corner sometimes. That’s not good. Time is wasted. Time should be spent guiding and adjusting the fighter to the tempo and reality of the fight. Again, this is an art that takes time and I’m trying to master it myself and I have a LONG way to go.

That’s one of the benefits of being at the big tournaments and fight shows. Knowledge trickles off the tongues of some savvy trainers at opportune times and it’s precious to be there in that moment to lap it up.

That advice stuck with me today and will for some some time.

I love boxing.

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