In boxing, the fight starts long before the opening bell rings. It begins in the gym, through weeks of preparation. It unfolds as you devise your strategy and as you research your opponent, looking for ways to exploit his weaknesses. Then, it takes form when you meet your opponent face-to-face for the first time. That’s when you make that initial brush stroke in the art of intimidation. If you want set the proper tone to put your opponent on the defensive from the time the weigh-ins start, through the final bell, there are some very specific tactics you can employ to gain the upper hand and keep it.