Getting punched hurts, right?
The adrenaline and nerves take away any pain you would normally feel, but this doesn’t apply for body punches – they hurt and you can’t disguise the look of being winded! My top tip is to try and not show your opponent any pain. Disguise the fact you are hurt as much as possible.
Is there any surefire way to win a fight?
Boxing is very simple when you break it down. If your opponent can’t hit you, they can’t win. If they hit you, make sure you hit them twice. If you hit the opponent more times than they hit you, you will win. Fact. The most common boxing mistake I see in the ring is dropping the hands and looking away from the shot. You should keep your hands near your opponent’s eyes or gloves at all times, and maintain a proper boxing guard.
Can you give us five fight night tips?
- Enjoy it
- Try not to get hit by the opponent; hit them more times than they hit you
- Stay focused
- Be proud of what you’re doing and what you’ve achieved
- Remember what you’ve been taught
Do you find lots of guys continue boxing after the event?
Most people I have met who have previously fought at an event have done more than one. The feeling of bettering yourself and improving for the next fight is addictive and gives you the motivation to train for the next one. The adrenaline on fight night is one of the best feelings ever; people want to feel that again and again.
Which is the best fight night? And why?
Fight nights have gained popularity in recent years and are really big occasions, so there’s a lot of good ones to choose from. Do your research and speak to people who have competed before. Always make sure the organisation will look after you throughout the whole process. If you want something more low key, where there is less pressure from people watching you, then I would recommend signing up for Fight Camp at TwelveThree. If you want something bigger and more glamorous, there are events at banqueting suites and London hotels which are watched by hundreds of people.
And is it actually safe to compete?
The sport itself would say no, as you get punched, but if you are with a well-respected company that will teach you to hit and not get hit, then of course it will be safe. A doctor will see you before and after the fight, and there are also medics ringside. At the end of the day, entering into white-collar boxing is done at your own risk and the gym you’re training at should have insurance.
Finally, what would you say to someone thinking of giving it a go?
You’ve had the thought and you’re curious about it, so get down to a gym and give it a go. You only live once, so just do it. Don’t be one of those people who regrets not taking part. Everyone I know that has taken part has loved every minute of it. It’s an experience that will live with you forever, and that feeling of pride you get from taking part is amazing.
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