Boxing is a Great Sport, Let's Not Forget it!

"Boxing is a contest of will and skill, with the will generally
overcoming the skill, unless the skill of one man is much greater than the
skill of the other."            Cus
D' Amato

The will of a fighter is a quality that most would agree to
be inherent in a fighter's character. 
The skill however is a secret formula of god gifted talent and
training.  This skill usually
begins as raw, blunt punches and clumsy footwork until it is polished by a
coach who sculpts the fighter's talent and a trainer whose exercise regiment
becomes a chisel that shapes the physique and presence that fighter will
display the moment they step into the ring.

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The training of a fighter has changed from over 30 years ago when
Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the 5th round; and over 20 years
ago when Roberto Duran won his fight against Sugar Ray Leonard; and even over 10
years ago when Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in what has been named the one of boxing's biggest upsets. There are countless boxers from the last century that have
contributed to the respect most have for the physical and mental efforts
required to become even known as a contender, let alone a champion! The
training that a boxer undergoes requires discipline, guidance, fortitude and
heart. Each of these elements must be present in every aspect of a boxer's
physical preparation for an upcoming bout.

The training program design of todays boxer is synonymous
with the carefully chosen colors a painter uses to create a masterpiece.  The world of exercise science has
provided the athletic community with a palate of endless colors.  The contemporary boxer is utilizing a
balanced blend of 'old school methods' and 'new school exercises.'  Setting aside the worthwhile addition
of women to the sport of boxing, the use of exercise science in a boxer's
training regiment is a valuable change. 
Fighters like Wladimir Klitschko, Bernard Hopkins,Evander Holyfield, Roy JOnes Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, and even Hector Camacho follow a training regiment that
encompasses more than just heavy bag and mitt work.

As a boxer builds up to a title fight, the trainer (s) and
coach (s) will become responsible for supervising all workouts and the diet,
intercepting distractions, analyzing opponents and correcting flaws.  This team is often a mixture of different
breeds of people; the college graduates who studied nutrition and muscle
physiology, the wise man or coach whose years sitting in the corner of a smelly
gym has earned him a life's degree, the pad man or ex-contender who understands
the mannerisms that a fighter should possess and most enjoyably the masseur who
knows how the fighter's body should truly feel.  Each of these individuals join in an effort to create a
champion.

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Training to for the sport of boxing employs rigorous
exercise and effort.  There are
several ways to look at the boxer's training.  The 'old school' perspective preaches daily road work (about
3-8 miles a day), 2-3 hours of gym work which will include the pads, heavy bag,
speed bag, sit-ups and sparring 4-5 days a week with 4-10 rounds a day.  Although these are all important
elements of preparing a boxer's body for the dominion of the square ring, they
are limited up against a fighter who blends these 'old school' training methods
or what are now referred to as the fundamentals, with exercise science. The
contemporary boxer is involved in a carefully design training program that
incorporates cardiovascular and anaerobic exercise, weight training to build
upper, lower and core strength, plyometric training, agility drills, flexibility
exercises and naturally the fundamentals.

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  • I didn't grow up in a household that paid much attention to boxing but have always been interested in the sport, the personalities, and the subcultures. A couple months ago I picked up a couple of books that made me fall in love with everything about the sport (during its glory days) and I would recommend that everyone check them out.

    The Sweet Science is considered by most to be the best sports book ever written, and A Neutral Corner will help you out when you're going through withdrawal after finishing the first. After reading those books, not only did I start watching a lot more boxing (starting from the beginning) but I also went ahead and read everything else written by A. J. Liebling.

    I would love to hear an extended opinion on the current state of boxing and why the trend is going in the direction of UFC and MMA.

  • I don't think anyone would ever dispute that boxing is a great sport. It's just too frustrating sitting around hoping to see guys box each other that you really want to see, and it sometimes coming to fruition. Football ("soccer") is my favorite sport, so I can handle a tie; I cannot handle a decision at the end of a boxing match though.

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