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From inside the gym to around the world of combat sports, the TITLE Boxing Blog keeps you up-to-date with the latest MMA and Boxing news, training tips and fighting techniques. This is the kind of info you need to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.

  • No Plan is Fool Proof

    No Plan is Fool Proof

    By Douglas Ward

    German military strategist Helmuth Von Moltke once said that "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy." His belief was once a hypothetical plan collides with a real world situation, nothing goes as planned. Assumptions made prior to combat play out incorrectly, errors pile up and predictions clash with reality. Mike Tyson put it in boxing terms when he said, "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face."

    So does that mean you should go into a fight blind, with no strategy and no gameplan? No. It does mean that you shouldn't become totally reliant on your pre-fight plan. You should think positively and that it will work. Believe that what you have mapped-out, based on your experience, perceptions and strengths, will play out exactly as you've predicted. But if it doesn't, be prepared to adapt. Once your blueprint starts to unfold and it’s not going according to plan, be willing and able to change.

    Some fighters and coaches have difficulty with this. They map out the perfect pre-fight strategy. They work on executing their gameplan and they can't change once it’s in action and doesn’t work. They have no "Plan B" and can't think fast enough in the heat of the battle to see what adjustments need to be made.

    The fact is, information and perceptions gathered before a match can be beneficial, but have to be negotiable. Part of any pre-fight planning should be a plan to adapt. There are too many variables to have all of the answers. The other fighter could decide to fight a different fight than usual. A foul or head butt could come into play. The referee's level of involvement could become a factor. An unexpected knockdown could occur. You can't plan for or expect any of these incidents to happen, but just knowing they might gives you the permission to alter your game plan without feeling like you've failed or made a mistake.

    It’s true when Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” But sometimes there comes a point in the ring (and in life) when the best way to control the future is to let go of the past and present, no matter how well you thought you had planned for it all.

    Douglas Ward is the Marketing Director at TITLE Boxing.

  • Being a Marketable Fighter

    Being a Marketable Fighter

    By Douglas Ward

    In today's boxing world, marketing yourself as a fighter has become almost as important as talent. Well, maybe not quite...but close. Unfortunately this media-driven world, full of reality television and sensational news stories, has created a demand for "personalities." The bigger, the better. The more outrageous a person is, the more abnormal their behavior, the more attention and press they get. Good, bad or even a little of both translates into valuable face time these days.

    Being highly skilled and a great athlete may not be enough to get you recognized or get you paid any more. Think about it. How many fighters have you seen who create conversation, who have great records, who are surrounded by tons of hype and who get lots of exposure, but are just "okay" once the bell rings?

    Part of that marketability, that "buzz," is created by personality. So how do you become that fighter who can sell tickets, get the attention of promoters and get paid? Let's break it down in three simple steps...

    Be exciting. Make the fight happen. That doesn't mean being reckless to press the action. It does mean setting an action-packed pace that’s entertaining and keeps the crowd engaged. People don’t have a lot of time to spare and won’t invest their time on anything less than mesmerizing. You have to be worth watching.

    Be extreme. Be extremely angry. Be extremely gregarious and outgoing. Be extremely passionate. Be extremely talented. Whatever your strength is, focus on it, share it and showcase it for the boxing world to see. No one likes plain, boring or predictable. Take what you do best, magnify it and showcase it. Package it, present it and sell it. It's not being fake, it's being marketable.

    Be interesting. Everyone has a story and you have to be willing to tell yours. It might be sad, painful, weird, inspiring, interesting or somewhat boring, but there has to be a "human interest" element to it to get noticed. What in your life story sets you apart and will make people want you to win? Whether you were raised in an abusive home and are fighting for recognition or you have lived a blessed life and give back by donating your free time to help feed the homeless. No matter which side of the street you grew up on, people love underdogs as much as they love people who care. Find your story and tell it.

    In order to be that marketable commodity that gets people talking about you and wanting to pay to see you fight, you have to take your boxing personae to the next level. You don't have to be a character, you just have to know who you are. And you have to be willing to share that, be true to it, don't veer from it and work your butt off to be in a position to shine the spotlight on it.

    Those are three BE's of how you become a marketable fighter.

    Having spelled it out, now let me add that - None of it has any value unless you are hitting the gym, practicing your craft and getting better all day, every day.  You don't want to be all sizzle and no meat, but if you're "well done" then you deserve a spot on the boxing menu.

    Douglas Ward is the Marketing Director at TITLE Boxing.

  • Billy Miske's Last Fight

    Billy Miske's Last Fight

    In the early 1920s, Billy Miske, from Minnesota, had established himself as a top contender in the heavyweight division. He'd won 17 fights in a row in just 18 months. But by this time in his life and career he'd already been diagnosed with a terminal kidney ailment known as Bright's Disease. His doctors had originally given him five years to live. He only had two years left.

    With his health drastically declining, "The St. Paul Thunderbolt" wanted to leave his wife and three children with a Christmas to remember. Although he was too sick to even train, Miske entered the ring for the final time on November 7th, 1923 and knocked out Bill Brennan in the fourth round. He finished his career with a record of 45-3-3.

    He accomplished his goal with the purse from the Brennan fight and gave his family one more memorable Christmas.

    He passed away shortly after Christmas on January 1, 1924 at the age of 29.

  • Fight Hard - Live Easy

    Fight Hard - Live Easy

    By Douglas Ward

    After you've been in the sport a while and have coached kids and adults alike, you hear a wide variety of the benefits each person has taken away from their time in the ring.

    Boxing teaches discipline, determination and the value of having a real work ethic. You gain a real sense of pride, self-confidence and self-respect. Competing, even sparring, forces you to face your fears and have a level of honesty with yourself that you won't find in most other arenas.

    Above all, boxing asks you to grow so much as an individual in all of these areas, at such a high level, that life’s struggles pale in comparison. The real personal growth that occurs in the gym and in the ring, in pursuit of success, enables you to endure more and do more than the average person. The extreme pressure you face in the boxing ring elevates your ability to tackle even the most difficult of life's problems with a different view of what "hard" is.

    The character of Jack in the movie Fight Club put it so perfectly when he said, "After fighting, everything else in your life got the volume turned down. You could deal with anything." Fight Club isn't boxing and it was just a movie, but that quote nailed the reality of being in the ring perfectly.

    Lace 'em up and you just might experience the ability to deal with anything more fearlessly.

    Douglas Ward is the Marketing Director for TITLE Boxing

  • The Rise of "Little Red"

    The Rise of "Little Red"

    By Douglas Ward

    The auburn red hair. The long sideburns. The mustache. The steely-eyed stare. All tucked up under an Indian headdress and punctuated with a right hand that put countless victims to sleep.

    11.6.16 danny little red lopez sub 1Danny "Little Red" Lopez looked the part of a prizefighter and embodied the stereotype of his combined Mexican, Irish and Ute Indian heritage. He had the will and skill to come forward taking punishment and dish it out in spades, like Mexican fighters are known to do. He was quick to brawl, like most Irishmen have the reputation for. With a trace of American Indian blood pumping in his veins, he had no fear of going into battle and fighting for what was rightfully his, whether it was a championship belt or the ground he was standing on.

    While some fighters find a way to survive in the trenches, Danny "Little Red" Lopez thrived there. Because of his fan-friendly, come-right to you-at-you style, he became a popular fixture at the famed Olympic Auditorium and throughout California, where he won his first 19 fights. He also won his first 21 pro bouts by knockout. It’s one of the longest knockout streaks in boxing history.

    Danny experienced setback losses to Bobby Chacon, Shig Fukuyama and Octavio Gomez. But his impressive knockouts of Ruben Olivares, Sean O'Grady and a rematch win over Octavio Gomez led to his grueling, 15-round decision victory over David Kotey for the WBC Featherweight title. These fights demonstrated his fearless approach to facing the best in a division deep with talent. His back-to-back losses to the late, great Salvador Sanchez provided some of the most brutal rounds in sweet science history. Both were toe-to-toe battles that put both fighters on display, laid their hearts open and showed boxing fans what real warriors are made of.

    "Little Red" ended his career with a record of 42-6 (39 KOs) and a Legacy as one of the most electrifying, crowd-pleasing fighters of all-time.

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