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Use Your Head

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 percent mental and the rest physical.”  Many boxing experts, coaches and trainers believe that it’s more of a 90/10 split, but no matter how far you tip the scales the point is…what’s in your head matters – a lot!

Matching Practice to Performance

Have you ever seen that boxer who works the mitts like a world champion? He throws fast and furious combinations, moves like Floyd Mayweather and cracks like he has dynamite in both fists…and then…he gets in the ring. And it all goes away. What happens to that fighter that he loses his confidence, all certainty fades and his self-assured delivery completely disappears?

Mental Push-Ups

If you believe that the largest part of athletics is mental, then you’d be right. So, if that’s the case, then how much time do you spend on the mental part of the game, studying your sport, watching world champions perform and visualizing yourself at your very best?  You should be spending at least as much time training your mind as you do in the gym training your body.

Doug Ward is the President and Trainer for the Underground Boxing Company.