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DON’T Follow the Leader

by Doug Ward on November 5, 2012

If you’ve spent much time in the gym or listened intently into the corners of many fighters, more than once you’ve probably heard a trainer tell his fighter to “cut the ring off”.  Although it sounds like easy-enough advice there are wrong and right ways to go about taking your opponent’s mobility away and effectively […]

Boxing’s Exceptions

by Doug Ward on October 23, 2012

The old saying that “Rules were made to be broken” has some truth in it, even when it comes to boxing.  As important as proper fundamentals are, how much good technique can serve you and how valuable it is to master the rules of the ring, there are some unorthodox moves that work for certain […]

The Golden Rules of Boxing

by Doug Ward on October 16, 2012

Just like there are Cardinal Sins of Boxing, those things you should never do inside the ring, there are also the Golden Rules of Boxing.  These aren’t basic tips that reinforce good boxing form, like using your jab or keeping your hands up.  Those are techniques.  The Golden Rules of Boxing are ring philosophies.  They are […]

The Cardinal Sins of Boxing

by Doug Ward on October 9, 2012

There are some very specific things you have to do inside the ring to be a good boxer, but there are also some very specific things you should NEVER do in the ring in order to be a good boxer.  Of course, there are the basic rules, like…don’t drop your jab when you bring it […]

Get Mouthy!

by Doug Ward on October 2, 2012

When boxing’s first protective gum shield (mouthpiece) was introduced in 1913 by dentist, Jack Marks, and was consequently made popular by boxer Ted “Kid” Lewis, his creation was purely intended to provide protection for the teeth and gums.  Little did he know, his simple product would ultimately be altered and engineered to improve athletic performance?  […]

Forget What You Were Taught

by Doug Ward on September 25, 2012

In order to be successful in boxing, you have to be willing to go against the grain a little, fly in the face of adversity and do some things that aren’t necessarily considered “normal.”  The thing is…most of the adversity and emotions you experience in the ring actually are normal and even practical, but over […]

Use Your Head

by Doug Ward on September 11, 2012

No matter who you ask in boxing, they will likely tell you that the sport is as much about mental toughness as it is physical ability.  Teddy Atlas has always said that, “Boxing is 75 percent mental and 25 percent physical.”  Former Jr. Welterweight champion, Devon Alexander says similarly “I think boxing is definitely 80 […]

Mean What you Say

by Doug Ward on September 4, 2012

It has been stated a hundred different ways;  what you confess you possess, your thoughts become actions, what you think about you bring about, but no matter what clever spin you put on it, the simple truth is your mind and mouth have a tremendous impact on what action you take.  You are most likely […]

The Attributes of a Fighter

by Doug Ward on August 29, 2012

Being a fighter takes a special combination of skill and will, power and finesse and an unmatched physical and mental toughness.  Boxing requires a resolve to not only survive, but thrive in any situation you’re faced with.  From technique to tenacity, these are the most important characteristics of any great fighter.

Ready…Aim…Fire!

by Doug Ward on August 21, 2012

Boxing has a built-in, natural progression to it when it is taught properly and this applies to defense as much as it does anything else. Some coaches adhere to a sink or swim method. They throw their new protégé into sparring within a couple of weeks or have them competing within a month or less. […]