Practically everyone has done it or been guilty of it at some point in their lives. Sitting back and criticizing other people’s actions or minimizing their successes has become a part of human nature. What used to take the form of idle gossip or barber shop banter has expanded to epic proportions. With the advent of the internet, social media and the blogosphere, the world has more critics and self-appointed experts than ever before.
There are many tricks of the trade in the boxing industry. Some are well-guarded secrets, while others are common knowledge within the business; one that everyone knows the importance of, is having a good hand wrapping technique. However, this is one area that many of the ideals and beliefs of how to go about it and what role it serves is largely a myth.
The commonly held belief that certain hand wrapping techniques increase a fighters punching ability or holds some secret to having knockout power is false. Or, at the very least, it is greatly overstated. As long as they’re legal, hand wraps do not increase punching power.
It’s been said by many boxing experts that it’s the punch you don’t see coming that can do the most damage and one of the most effective punches to surprise your opponent with is the uppercut.
Marciano, Tyson, Foreman and many of the game’s biggest, best punchers owned devastating uppercuts that rounded out their heavy-hitting styles and helped mold their intimidating presence in the ring. These power punchers had the uppercut down to an art form. For perfect examples, go back and count how many uppercuts George Foreman threw in his KO win over Ken Norton. Watch Mike Tyson’s fifth round destruction of Frank Bruno or replay the final combination that Rocky Marciano used to put away Joe Louis. Two of the final three punches that retired The Brown Bomber, were uppercuts.
There is always something to be learned, or at least considered, when looking at other sports and particularly successful athletes who have excelled in their field. Various techniques and training approaches sometimes have some cross-over benefits and, even if you’re not looking to sprint like Usain Bolt or rock a pair of huge pythons like Arnold Schwartzenegger, what makes a certain athlete successful sometimes translates across competitive platforms.
Exceptional athletes learn to look at other sports, see what works and adapt that to their own training approaches. One instance of this could be in relation to the sport of bodybuilding. Bodybuilders employ a style of weight training called supersets. During super-setting, lifters work opposing muscle groups. For instance, they will do one set of bench presses, for the chest muscles, followed immediately by a set of rows, which are for the back muscles. Bodybuilders understand that opposing muscle groups work in direct correlation to each other. They correctly and naturally balance each other out so that when they are worked simultaneously they strengthen and support each other. They also experience a similar work load. This beneficial and time-tested methodology can be applied to your boxing training.