Boxing is the oldest form of combat yet many people never fully understand why we call boxing the sweet science. To the untrained eye boxing is merely about being fastest or strongest puncher and someone with overwhelming physical ability in either is the one destined for championships, wealth and greatness. Fighters and trainers alike know that to be far from true. Boxing is complex and is the comparison to physical chess is more than accurate. For a master boxer, each step has a purpose, each punch, shift in body weight, placement of their foot and even each punch not thrown has a significance and role to play in the fight.
Floyd Mayweather may perhaps be the most astute of modern day boxers at gathering information on his opponents then breaking them down over 12 rounds. Gifted with reflexes and a razor sharp understanding of the game of boxing he’s gone 49 fights undefeated (soon to be 50 if that charade of a fight between him and McGregor comes to fruition). Here’s a video of him hitting the bags and a look into his thought process.
Till next time – AJ