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 what your particular pursuit may be, it has similarities to what a boxer encounters every time he enters the ring. That’s actually part of the allure of the sport. It can easily be seen as a great metaphor for life.
Back in the day, they used the Tale of the Tape to measure the fighters against each other, but height, weight, reach and even record really only tell one side of the story. The physical facts and how the fighters match-up is told more in the intangibles and most of that doesn’t even become apparent until fight night is well underway.
If you’ve spent much time in the gym or listened intently into the corners of many fighters, more than once you’ve probably heard a trainer tell his fighter to “cut the ring off”. Although it sounds like easy-enough advice there are wrong and right ways to go about taking your opponent’s mobility away and effectively cutting off the ring. With a few nuances added you can turn this generic piece of training advice into a more advanced, fully-effective offensive maneuver.
The old saying that “Rules were made to be broken” has some truth in it, even when it comes to boxing. As important as proper fundamentals are, how much good technique can serve you and how valuable it is to master the rules of the ring, there are some unorthodox moves that work for certain fighters. There are a handful of select fighters, elite athletes, who incorporate bad habits into their repertoire and they not only get away with it, but are able to actually make it work to their advantage. They might be ignoring some basic, sound principles of boxing. They may be breaking a fundamental rule, or doing something flat-out WRONG and it still works…for them.
Just like there are Cardinal Sins of Boxing, those things you should never do inside the ring, there are also the Golden Rules of Boxing. These aren’t basic tips that reinforce good boxing form, like using your jab or keeping your hands up. Those are techniques. The Golden Rules of Boxing are ring philosophies. They are approaches and attitudes. They are the principles you should live by in the ring in order to survive and thrive.