Wednesday, April 23, 2014


It Starts in the Heart

by Doug Ward on July 9, 2013

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 […]

Fight for Your Life

by Doug Ward on May 31, 2013

When it comes right down to it, everyone is a fighter in one respect or another.  You may be fighting to become the next champion of the world or simply fighting for a better life. You may be fighting to get that next big promotion at work or fighting to improve your health.  No matter […]

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 […]

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 […]

Now That’s Good Business

by Doug Ward on January 30, 2012

It is not a temple.  In boxing, your body is a business. And every successful business; applies basic principles, has a plan and works hard to minimize its’ losses. Doug Ward is the President and Trainer for the Underground Boxing Company.

Jabs from Blydell – Stay Sharp

by Blydell Martin on December 21, 2011

Don’t get complacent and lose your edge.  Respect your opponent no matter how good you are.  It will keep you sharp and focused.   Blydell Martin is currently a boxing trainer with TITLE Boxing Club in Olathe, KS.

Jabs from Blydell – Are You Balanced?

by Blydell Martin on December 19, 2011

You can be better than your opponent, have more skill, speed, ability, strength and talent. But if you don’t have the heart, confidence, and fortitude to execute, you allow a man with heart and less skill to be just as good or better than you. Blydell Martin is currently a boxing trainer with TITLE Boxing […]

The Deciding Factor – How Bad Do You Want to Fight?

by Doug Ward on November 22, 2011

Looking through some old photos a while back, I came across one of Rocky Marciano when he fought Ezzard Charles the second time around, in 1954.  In the sixth round, Marciano’s left nostril was cut clean through. He ultimately went on to stop Charles in the eighth round and retained his title, but not without […]

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.  […] Most logical people wouldn’t consider walking into a fitness gym for the very first time and lifting every weight in the joint or grabbing a surf board and finding the biggest wave to conquer off the beaches of Waikiki. These types of activities achieve the best, most long-lasting results when you build up to […]