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The Cardinal Sins of Boxing

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 back, don’t step with the wrong foot first, be sure to keep your hands up and so on.  Aside from some of these types of common, basic mistakes, there are a few more advanced ones that should be taken very seriously.  Consider them the Cardinal Sins of Boxing.

The Attributes of a Fighter

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.


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.  Some coaches feel like this weeds-out the weak fighters while it develops mental roughness and helps mold character in the more natural-born survivors.  They believe that the ones with heart, passion and a real aptitude will stick it out, while the ones who are only trying it out will move on and not waste their time.  Considering that boxing is a rough sport and unforgiving in many ways, this approach may not sound totally unreasonable to some people…especially those who practice and preach this method.  And, then again maybe, just maybe it’s worth looking at from a different perspective?

Wait for No One


There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your favorite boxer getting outworked by a lesser opponent or urging your own fighter on in-between rounds, only to be forced to sit by and watch him falling one step behind while the minutes of each round tick away.  All the while, his adversary is letting his hands fly and piling up points.  There isn’t always one, common reason this happens to a fighter, but in some instances, he can become inactive or ineffective by getting wrapped up in the idea of landing THE PERFECT PUNCH.  In this case, that doesn’t particularly mean looking for a well-timed, one punch knockout, but just the idea of getting singularly-focused on the thought that a punch has to land in a designated spot, at an exact time or in a very specific way.  Just like in life, in the boxing ring, sometimes opportunities are presented, but more often they are created.  And not created by waiting, but by taking action.

Use a Little Elbow Grease

If you’re like most fighters or coaches, then you’ve either said it or heard it said a thousand times…”Keep your elbows in”. It may sound basic, but the benefit of making this simple adjustment is anything but. What you can gain with this one, simple adjustment may have more complexities, but also more benefits than you even realize.