Many of the differences between an amateur boxer and professional are attained through years of focused training on certain techniques and come from a combination of mileage and the fighter’s natural ability. A top boxing coach can make amateur boxers aware of these techniques and train them to accelerate their development in these techniques much quicker than a natural fighter could discover them on the own through sparring and match fights.
The Corporate Fighter boxing gym in Sydney provides premier boxing training and develops professional techniques from the beginning using Boxing drills that raise awareness of the differences between amateur fighters and professionals.
Good balance for a boxer is like a good foundation for a large building. It is imperative to have it and not having it will result in catastrophe. Maintaining good balance throughout the entire fight duration (not just the first 30 secs) provides the best defence for a fighter and also creates the best offensive and counter-punching opportunities. A balanced boxer is agile around the ring and conserves energy. The best boxing drills to develop superior balance in the ring are:
- Shadow boxing and dropping your vertical height by bending your knees. Remember to drop NOT bend over. Keep your punches forceful but controlled and concentrate on maintaining your balance the whole time. Make sure you regulate heavy bag work with sparring or shadow boxing as it teaches you to maintain balance if you miss. If you are only ever working on the bag, you are always expecting to hit something and you subconsciously adjust your balance to suit. In a real fight you are sometimes going to miss and missing after throwing a strong punch will potentially throw a boxer off balance if they are not keeping their punches controlled.
- Apply the same attention to balance and dropping your vertical height using your knees while sparring. Remember to drop not bend. Experiment with dropping to different heights and to increase your punching power with your legs as you push yourself back up.
Developing a Powerful Jab
Having a killer jab can stop any punch and completely disrupt the tempo of a fight. It is not enough to just develop the speed and power behind the jab it is also developing the 6th sense of the exact right time to throw it. A well timed jab can beat any other punch because it is always going to be the shortest distance between two points. Being able to develop superior speed and power is the first step, learning the exact right time to throw a fight stopping jab is the second and much more difficult component. The best drills for learning this technique are:
- Shadow boxing. Focused on throwing your jab quickly and whipping it back. This will develop your speed and keep your punches controlled. Also practice double and triple jabs to build stamina and increase speed also.
- Practice the fake jab. Being able to apply this technique effectively will keep your opponent guessing unable to know whether the jab you are throwing is fake or real. A well thrown fake jab will unnerve your opponent and open up counter attack opportunities. Practice this technique while shadow boxing or sparring.
Developing Inside Fighting
Being able to fight on the inside is a big differentiator between a skilled amateur fighter and a professional fighter with years of experience. A professional fighter is completely comfortable within striking distance of their opponent and can box in close quarters without being hit too often. They can create the necessary room to throw devastating punches and can defend by making their opponent miss. The best drills for developing this technique are:
- Sparring while being attached to your opponent. This can be done with a hula-hoop or straps. Essentially you are forcing two boxers to fight close quarters and they will develop good inside fighting technique with experience. If possible, video the drills and watch them. It will teach you a lot about what you could do to avoid shots if you watch yourself fight.
- Shoulder bump drill. Practice creating space to punch on the inside by using drive generated from the legs and torso to bump your opponent back with your leading shoulder. This can be done using sparring partner or trainer with mitts.