Aug 22 2008

Why Competitive Sparring is Everything in Your Boxing Training Workouts.

I recently read on a supposedly respected website that competitive sparring is important but not that important in boxing training.

Really? So the whole secret to the sweet science is just to come to the fight in great shape without really mastering the fight intangibles? For those of this that have competed in the ring and still spar, we know his is obviously bullshit. Great coaches know that they must keep the development bar raised high by putting there fighters in the ring with better fighters.

Competitive sparring allows you to see all styles, it allows you to experience many scenarios that could happen in the ring. What better place to experience them first than in the gym? Better to face adversity and new territory in the gym than in a fight where there is no backbone of dealing with it before.

That is total preparation. True SPP.

Being mediocre is a disease that affects people in all areas of their lives. Mediocre progress from a fighter can come back to haunt them on fight night. 9 times out of 10 though this stems from the mediocre mindset of the head coach who overlooks the importance of their fighter sparring with good fighters. This then stalls the progress of their fighter.

Have someone better around or really someone better in some areas where you are weak is everything. From a fighters stand point, it can result in whether their hand is raised in victory on fight night.

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Jul 24 2008

Leaving the fight in the gym.

I’ve read how team Margarito’s approach to training has changed for the better. In the past Margarito trained far too hard and brutal often leaving the fight in the gym. While still being victorious he didn’t perform as he should have because of his early peaking. This is one of the biggest problems I see with fighters. In the past it was a question of not training enough, now the pendulum has swayed to over training.

Ricky Hatton and many others do it as a way of just making weight. The victory on the scale is often more impressive than their victory in the ring. ( Provided they win at all. )

Recovery in boxing camps is often an after though or a sign of weakness or seen as not training hard enough. It’s great to see that some teams have finally seen the light and are realizing that recovery and monitoring training intensity are often the missing ingredients to a brilliant and dominating performance in the ring.

Both Cotto and Magarito seem to be well prepared and ready to peak at fight night this Saturday night. I think there’s going to be a helluva war this weekend in that ring!

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