“.. follow a proven method to make your time in the ring a roaring success.”
Boxing is the most popular combat sport in the world, with that comes a whole lot of competition. Every year thousands upon thousands of students lace up for their first fight. Most end up as cannon fodder. The reality is, unless you’re a freak of nature with unbelievable endurance, one-punch KO power and a granite chin you won’t get very far without a solid plan. That’s 1:100000000, we don’t like those odds. Instead, you can follow a proven method to make your time in the ring a roaring success and it even means you’ll be able to deal with those freaks of nature if you ever come across them. Want to know how to win a boxing match time and time again? You’ve come to the right place.
1 The HAMMER method
“..Our proven HAMMER method puts as many of the factors for success in your favour as possible.”
Ever heard of the analogy of the hammer and the nail? If not, let me get you up to speed. We use the term hammer for the person dominating a fight and nail for the person being dominated. Our proven HAMMER method puts as many of the factors for success in your favour as possible. Look, you get into enough bouts, you’ll find yourself in a tricky situation eventually but 99% of the time they can be avoided with proper preparation and for that you need a proper plan. The HAMMER method is that plan. Let’s get into it.
“..There is no avoiding it, to become a formidable opponent, there must be sacrifices.”
Changes are needed to bring your potential to the surface. There is no avoiding it, to become a formidable opponent, there must be sacrifices. These come in the form of removing unhealthy habits and replacing them with habits that are common among champions. Does it mean you’ll never get a chance to eat pizza again? Of course not, in fact you’ll be surprised how much better that pizza tastes when you’ve just come off a victory. Talk about a flavour enhancer. Anyway, here are some habits you want to add and remove from your life if competing is a serious interest of yours.
Things to add
All the greats did and still do it, why? Because it works. You need legs in boxing, you need to be able to keep your engine ticking over smoothly come rain or shine. This needs to become part of your daily routine, we suggest doing it in the morning before you eat anything. The gains will be worth it.
It isn’t rocket science, you wanna get good at boxing? Then guess what, you need to box, regularly. Getting into the gym 3 days a week at an absolute minimum needs to happen. Don’t have the time? Make the time. You don’t have to follow this advice, the masochists among us won’t, some people like being the nail. If you searched “how to win a boxing match” looking for the magic pill, there isn’t one. You pay for success with sweat.
Ever heard of that cheesy saying “your body is your temple”? Cheesy it may be, but it is a factual statement. What you consume, you become. That doesn’t just mean food, it also means media. Become more conscious about what you are taking into your body and mind, is it going to make you a better boxer? If not, start weaning yourself off it. Baby steps lead to massive growth.
Becoming a student of the game will make you a better boxer. No doubt about it. Witnessing different styles, experimenting with them in sparring and making them your own is how a unique style is developed. Study tape, boxing is just as much a battle of the mind as it is the body.
Things to remove
Going to the same spot where trouble always kicks off? Time to ditch that. You want to be giving yourself the best chance possible to perform at peak condition. Your surroundings have a significant impact on this. No, it doesn’t mean you have to live a boring life, but if you know your training, health and rest are in jeopardy if you go to said location, you likely shouldn’t be going there.
Negative people are everywhere. You probably know a whole load of them. They’ll sap your motivation and get you doing stuff you never intended to. But, fundamentally, they’ll interfere with your training. You want as many factors in your favour as possible before stepping into the ring. Struggling to decide who to keep? A simple pros and cons list is all you need.
There isn’t anything wrong with enjoying yourself. However, if it has a negative effect on your performance, it needs to be a post-fight celebration activity. You’ll find varying opinions on this subject, but they all fundamentally come to the same conclusion, to perform at your best you need your body and mind to be clear.
“..Developing your natural strengths and techniques that work for you is definitely important but so is addressing your openings.”
It’s too often the case that when a boxer notices what they are good at, they will focus exclusively on those areas. While this may work relatively well against inexperienced opponents, as you begin to rise up the ranks more well-rounded opposition will begin picking you apart. Developing your natural strengths and techniques that work for you is definitely important but so is addressing your openings.
Take a smart approach to addressing holes in your game. When you’re starting out there are going to be many areas that you can improve on, it isn’t enough to just improve on any one of them, which one is causing the most serious problems? Focus on that one. Then slowly make your way down the list.
“..a person with a champion mindset does everything within their ability to become the best boxer they can possibly be.”
You may not want to become a champion, but if you carry a champion mindset, you’ll significantly up your game. So, what is a champion mindset I hear you ask? It isn’t rocket science, a person with a champion mindset does everything within their ability to become the best boxer they can possibly be. It doesn’t mean you necessarily need to spend more time in the gym than your opponents, but it does mean that you continually keep in mind your desire to become the best boxer you can be. This will naturally have a knock on effect on the decisions you make in your life, steering you into the direction of being a real threat in the ring and disciplined outside of it.
“..a more mindful boxer is a far greater threat.”
You’ve probably heard of ‘Mindfulness’ before and thought to yourself, that’s just for monks and hipsters. Not at all, a more mindful boxer is a far greater threat. How is mindfulness going to help your game? To answer this, we need to cover what the basic premise of mindfulness is.
Mindfulness is any activity that can bring us into a state of being mindful, simply put, this means being in the present moment. Most of us spend the vast majority of our time either worrying about what may happen in the future or caught in the past. Both states leave us less able to deal with the present moment at our best and they’re also taxing on your system. So how can it help you with boxing? It allows you to truly live up to your potential in the ring, you’ll see shots coming that you may have not evaded before, opportunities you may have missed and develop an impenetrable fighter’s heart.
“It is worth 10x more to land a shot without getting hit than it is to simply land a shot.”
Boxing isn’t all about hitting your opponent. In fact, that one track mindset will set you up for a lot of pain. Unnecessary pain. It is worth 10x more to land a shot without getting hit than it is to simply land a shot. You’ll see it time and time again, one opponent overreaches in a desperate attempt to land the KO blow, gets caught with his defence down and the counter puts them to sleep. Your chin can only take so much damage before you become ‘chinny’ (more suspectable to get KO’d). Avoid developing a glass jaw by learning to be evasive. Head movement and footwork are essential to setup and evade shots. Be that impossible puzzle that your opponent is trying to figure out and while they are trying to figure you out, make them pay. This is how to win a boxing match like a pro.
“..One of the most important realisations to make as a boxer is that your training is equally as important as rest.”
How to win a boxing match isn’t all about throwing that picture-perfect KO punch. You can do everything else right, but if you aren’t getting adequate rest you might as well not be putting in all that effort. Rest really is that critical to your success. Not only does it prevent injuries, it also ensures you have the necessary resources available to you to give your all in training. One of the most important realisations to make as a boxer is that your training is equally as important as rest. While many boxers will make it to training because they love it and can’t get enough, they may not get the rest that their body needs and use stimulants as a replacement. The reality is, sleep does much more for your body than just keeping you awake, therefore these substitutes are just a poor attempt at a replacement.
Not sure when a rest day is needed? Check out our article on this topic here.
Your trainer will get you ready for a fight, trust in them. However, if you want to truly uncover your potential, you need to incorporate the HAMMER method into your day-to-day life. Success is waiting for you, with focus, effort and belief you’ll go a long way. Well done for getting to the end of this article, it means you genuinely want to be the best competitor you can be. We wish you the best of luck on your journey.
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