Boxing – The Loneliest And Hardest Sport To Master

Out of all sporting disciplines, boxing is the one that is the loneliest and requires huge amounts of self sacrifice and training, both by the fighter as well as his or her trainer.

It is often described as the loneliest and hardest sport of all because once the bell rings, it is just you and your opponent – locked in a battle of wits to see which one of the two will emerge victorious.

There are different types of boxers – the boxer, the counter-puncher, the slugger, the brawler and the knock out artist. They say styles make boxing, but it takes a lot to get into peak physical condition to be able to compete. Boxers start young, and some of them have gloves on by the age of five or six. At that age, ti is all about agility and technique.

There is more to throwing a punch than just throwing a fist out. Anyone with any ambitions of competing in a ring must learn how to rotate the body and transfer power from the feet to the hips and up into the shoulders. Not only that, but they need to learn to bob and weave and slip and slide, all the while, not coming out of the pugilist’s stance and holding balance. The minute a boxer over extends or gets caught off balance, it could be good night.

Aside from all these intricacies, a boxer must be supremely fit and there is a very big difference between being gym fit and being fighting fit. Boxing for 12 three minute rounds with only 60 seconds break between each is not something you can learn to do in two years, it must be a lifetime progression with the help of a dedicated head training and conditioning coach. To be able to do this for a living and even become a journeyman, you need to put your heart and soul into it, making it a way of life.