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It Starts in the Heart


One of the biggest compliments a boxer can be paid is when someone says that he “has heart.”   Inside the boxing ring, that means you can take a punch, you show an undeniable will to win, you relentlessly fight to the finish or are just plain unstoppable.  As much as any fighter would take pride by having his name associated with that particular phrase, “he’s got heart”, how many actually work on it? Wait…what…you can work on it?  Yep.  If you think that having “heart “is something you’re either born with or not, then think again.

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.

Strong to the Finish

Some of history’s greatest fights were decided in the championship rounds, the final minutes of the fight, when one fighter began to fade or the other simply decided he wanted it more.  There’s an invaluable lesson to be learned from this aspect of boxing history.  The question is…which fighter you are going to be.  The answer is in how you train.

The Traits of a Champion – Do You Have What it Takes?

Coaches, boxing experts, writers and everyone involved in the sport can dissect fighters and fight outcomes endlessly.  Some match-ups are obvious, but those that aren’t, carry an element of surprise that can be attributed to a few overriding characteristics.  These traits are not an accurate jab, a powerful hook or even an earth-shattering right cross.  They’re not even always noticeable, until you see them in action.  When a fighter is hurt, when he’s behind on the scorecards or is suddenly faced with something no one could have seen coming…that’s when the “magic” happens.  That’s when everything else, fundamentals, technique and “the odds” no longer matter because they’ve all dramatically become overshadowed by the intangibles.