Jul 31 2012

Boxing Training Technique Critique: Heavy Bag Workout.

Hey Coach.

Here’s the Story, I don’t go to a boxing or MMA gym or anything, used to but not for the last few years, just been doing it at home as a hobby of mine.

I’m Doing a sparring session this weekend, in like 3 days, and just wanted to get a little feedback on my heavy bag rounds to see if I have any major flaws I could possible try to correct before then to help me in the boxing gym.

Here are Rounds 2 and 3 of my usual 3×5 min rounds. I got 16 oz gloves on and a mouth piece and Bad music . First vid, round 2, I’m doing a lot of single shots, round 3 I do some more combos… sometimes, ha.

Umm yeah… that’s it really… ask questions, critique, whatever. Anything will help me out. Thanks in advance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04Itx01Kg20 Round 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBJR5DDPF8s Round 3

You have fast accurate hands. You are dropping them too munch though before throwing and after. I would like to see you use more lateral movement after you punch instead of moving straight back and breaking your punching stance.

Stay on the balls of your feet more and maintain your punching stance so you have ideal balance and technique to work off of. Remember, boxing starts from the ground up.

Practice the box drill to groove solid punching stance and footwork.

Good luck with your sparring session, use your reach, jab to set up right hands and other combos, and remember to move laterally…again, control the distance with your jab with your hands up and you will be fine.

Jul 26 2012

Boxing Workout Tip: Drill To Increase The Snap Of Your Punch.

Here is a clip I did a couple years ago on how to increase the snap of your punches and shoulder conditioning while shadow boxing with hammers. Check it out

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Jul 23 2012

Oh How The Mighty Have Fallen.

Boxing after dark used to be such an amazing program on HBO, it started off with unforgettable fights like Barrerra-McKinney and Gatti-Rodriguez. DiBella created great compelling fights. BAD was born, and well, bad as hell. It showcased lighter fighters in memorable fights. BAD created a cult. But oh how the times have changed!

Khan-Garcia was no doubt dope, but fights like these are too far in between mismatches like Broner-Escobedo & Thurman-Lara. That’s an ESPN main event and co main event. HBO embarrassed themselves with a fighter who didn’t try to make weight and therefore was stripped of his trinket. The show was almost canceled until they paid Escobedo a lot more $$ to play the sacrificial lamb.

This was a mismatch and a joke. Vicente was never in the fight and was pummeled before his corner rightly threw in the towel. Broner is no doubt gifted but slow the roll on him being the next best thing. Barrerra earned that with beating a proven and hungry fighter in McKinney and several other world class fighters during his climb.

This is Boxing After Dark! Go back to the fucking roots! Make Rios-Broner, et these fighters earn their greatness instead of Al Haymon using his influence to create a false sense of it with his fighters on HBO.

Hershman needs to grow some balls and do the job he was brought in to do and bring competitive and memorable fights back to HBO. The fighters grow from these fights and truly earn their success.

Jul 18 2012

Boxing Training Q/A: How Tall Fighters Should Avoid Fighting On The Inside.

Coach Rob, should tall skinny guys that can’t really slip punches in the pocket just step back with the jab and follow with some head movement after a combo? with my body type i don’t think i should stay that close to a power puncher at any time. Thanks, Hugo

Hugo, You got that right, tall fighters don’t need to be on the inside with a power puncher. That’s fighting the power puncher’s fight. You can step back with a jab but the power puncher will just follow you. It would be better to turn him and pivot out of there. This way you get clear of his punches because you cause him to move his feet so he can’t plant. If you move back and jab, he can slip that jab and pounce on you because you are right there in front of him. There’s a better way.

Sliding to the side causes the power puncher to move his feet and turn with you. You want a power puncher’s feet moving and not planted to punch. Then when you slide out of the pocket you can take a half step back AND counter of that. That’s what boxing is about. Work on your footwork and how to pivot and step around your opponent. Drill this with a partner. Have them throw punches on the inside with you in a controlled way, have them lean on you and you work on pivoting around and out on your front foot.

So your objective would be to keep turning the power puncher when caught on the inside so you keep control. Use your foot work to keep your distance while keeping the power puncher at the end of your punches particularly your jab. Strive to box center ring while staying away from the ropes and corner where the puncher would like to back you to. Own the center of the ring, move that head, stay on the balls of your feet, and snap that jab!

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