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A Natural Response

by Doug Ward on March 7, 2013

As natural as fighting is, there are characteristics human beings develop over time, that do not serve them in the ring and could ultimately spell their downfall.  These characteristics are usually unconscious, but were developed over time to protect them from harm.  However, in the ring, they actually serve a detrimental effect.  What both habits […]

Burn the Ships

by Doug Ward on February 28, 2013

In boxing, once that opening bell rings, there’s no turning back. You can change strategy.  You can choose to dig in and create a new outcome, but the only way out is to finish the fight.  You can go out on your back, out on your feet or by doing the unthinkable (quitting), but there […]

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 […]

Fighting Words

by Doug Ward on March 15, 2012

Psychological warfare is as much a part of boxing and can do as much damage as any punch, unless you handle it right. Part of that warfare is verbal and there are many reasons an athlete may trash talk.  If you understand those reasons, you can then use the logic behind it to defuse the […]