Oct 13 2014

Boxing Training Tip: A Neglected Weapon Against Southpaws.

I was watching Frankie Liles vs Tim Littles and Bobby Czyz made a great point, many orthodox fighters think the straight right hand is the key to southpaws while
Other fighters think the left hook is. In my opinion the left hook is an overlooked weapon against southpaws and it works well with a lazy southpaw jab to time it and come over it as Cotto did against Martinez dropping him hard which set the tone and eventual end of their fight.

The left hook works well with southpaws and besides, southpaws know the right hand is coming for them. You can also use nice left right left combos to capitalize on the left hook. Look beyond the right hand for scoring options against southpaws.

Oct 10 2014

In The Gym Notes: Critique Not Criticize.

I was working with this new 15 yr old student last night and he was getting frustrated, then annoyed, and then pissed off at me while almost blurting something out an obscenity with can’t I do anything right?? when I was correcting him on a stance/footwork drill.

I said son if you came in here and everything was easy and I wasn’t saying anything to you, you would be in the wrong gym. You are not doing anything wrong, I’m teaching you to do it better, not nitpicking but critiquing you to do it great.

I told him good is not good enough, we have to pull out more, and yet more, that is what champions do to become champions and what deliberate practice is, to yet refine to a higher GROOVED level. I still learn everyday as a coach and I have to explain my rationale with this when working with new students.

Some kids just have never had anyone that cared for them to do something better than they are displaying, to be trained to do something great, and when you keep breaking it down they can be broken down by thinking here is another adult criticizing/picking at me.

Coaching obviously isn’t that, critiquing is not criticizing, you can’t have them build up a rebellious wall. A teacher has to know what kind of student they have before they can teach them, experience teachers can do this upon meeting and communicating with their new student.

So I’m communicating this with them more, as skill is groomed better in a clear calm mind, not a frustrated one.

Oct 8 2014

Wildcard Visit With Freddie Roach.

GREAT conversation with Freddie. Fuck if this could have been recorded! A lot of great topics were discussed.

I asked Freddie what was the biggest thing he learned from Eddie Futch? Freddie said don’t change a fighter from what they do well as in turn a boxer into an aggressive stalking fighter and vise versa.

Freddie said he and Eddie’s number one rule of training what they foremost embody is ring generalship.

Freddie loved Ray Arcel too. Freddie said Arcel & Futch BOTH worked his corner once, he was so ecstatic talking about it, a highlight of his career.

Losing is overrated. Fighters are scared to lose their 0 they don’t grow from tough challenges. He said a loss can be the best thing to happen to a fighter. In self assessment and further growth from that. Growth hand picked wins never come close to producing. Losing is part of winning.

Look at how much better Lennox Lewis became after Oliver McCall knocked him out.

Nobody ever taught Cotto how to cut off the ring he said Cotto didn’t know how, nobody taught him.

Freddie said James Toney had everything to be the best fighter ever, if only he trained and focused.

Nobody taught Oscar to cut off the ring then Freddie got on the floor and showed me how Oscar started to move toward Floyd and follow him around which took away Oscar’s jab which worked from cutting off the ring.

A fighter will fall back into their engrained habits.

Freddie said GGG is damn near in great position at all times and he praised Abel Sanchez for teaching GGG that ring generalship.

Some other very interesting things he said about some other known trainers, experiences with them, that I will keep to myself.

I will say integrity is a key word there.

We had a very candid real conversation. That made my day.