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strategy

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 […]

May Day is Coming…

by Doug Ward on April 30, 2013

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 […]

DON’T Follow the Leader

by Doug Ward on November 5, 2012

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 […]

Boxing’s Exceptions

by Doug Ward on October 23, 2012

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 […]

The Golden Rules of Boxing

by Doug Ward on October 16, 2012

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 […]

The Cardinal Sins of Boxing

by Doug Ward on October 9, 2012

There are some very specific things you have to do inside the ring to be a good boxer, but there are also some very specific things you should NEVER do in the ring in order to be a good boxer.  Of course, there are the basic rules, like…don’t drop your jab when you bring it […]

What are You Fighting For?

by Doug Ward on September 18, 2012

You can place fighters in a wide variety of categories.  Aside from obvious weight divisions, they can be separated by fighting style, size, shapes or skill level.  Those are the tangibles, the more physical attributes that differentiate them from each other, but when it comes to the mentality of a fighter, most of them fall […]

The Attributes of a Fighter

by Doug Ward on August 29, 2012

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.

Wait for No One

by Doug Ward on August 9, 2012

  There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your favorite boxer getting outworked by a lesser opponent or urging your own fighter on in-between rounds, only to be forced to sit by and watch him falling one step behind while the minutes of each round tick away.  All the while, his adversary is letting his hands […]

When All Else Fails…Jab

by Doug Ward on June 26, 2012

During the 2001 championship fight between Floyd Mayweather and Diego Corrales, George Foreman, as part of HBOs broadcast team, said “If you want to be a good fighter, forget about the left jab, but if you want to be a great fighter, that’s the best punch in boxing.”   Although you could argue whether it is […]