So lately I've been thinking of becoming a proffesional boxer. So far I have not taken any boxing lessons yet, but I plan on starting soon.
I want to know wheater or not I have what it takes to become good at boxing.
What are the traits a person should have to become good at boxing?
And another question, do you think if I start at 19 I can still become a pro or is that too late to start?
05-23-2006, 12:33 PM #1
What does it take to become a good boxer?
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you MUST have enough stamina to last. Have a good chin and a STRONG core (meaning hips and lower body). I personaly think speed>power. Dont get too big. If you get big your punches will exert less force. Have heart and hit the punching bag.****************************
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05-23-2006, 01:07 PM #13Originally Posted by UCLA2006not a bodybuilder
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lol it seems like everybody who takes up boxing or mma thinks they will become a pro like it is somehow easier than other sports
to make it as a pro you need a strong chin, not be afraid of getting hit, willing to train several hours per day, good diet and training program, mentally tough etc etc etc
can you get up at 5 a.m. to run 6 miles and then go to the gym to consatntly get hit in the face on a daily basis
and yeah starting at 19 is awfully late, you better be a natural
Oscar and Roy basically started when they learned to walk
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The only thing I can say is stop asking bodybuilders on an internet forum and start training your balls off at the local boxing gym. When you first start, you'll realize you suck. Suck cannot even describe you. After 3 or 4 months of training, you'll look back at where you were and be incapable of concieving how bad you were. I'm sure that 4 months from this point, you'll look back again and realize how bad you sucked 4 months into training. It took me months before I started getting used to the stance you fight in, keeping my guard up and so on. The position isn't natural, so it's far from comfortable at first. You kind of squat because it helps you turn more on your punches. All of your power comes from your hips so you need to turn as much as you can as that's how you generate the most power. Also, in the beginning you tend to drop your guard A LOT. I've been in Muay Thai (a form of kickboxing) for almost 4 months now and I've improved by leaps and bounds from when I started. That being said, I suck. My training partners paw me with the pad when I drop my guard and I tend to get hit a lot when they paw at me. You have to keep your elbows and hands close together to block your face, but at the same time your arms have to be low enough to block body shots. It's interesting to say the least.
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man, some people really don't know what they're talking about. "in order to become a pro boxer you need a good chin, heart, stamina, and a natural ability". Bull****! all of these qualities can be achieved, and worked on in time, (except a good chin, that's usually a given.)
One of the pre-requisites is definitely dedication. If you're thinking of turning pro, you'll have to take time to schedule training days & times, and keep consistent. One lost day here becomes another lost day there, all the while your opponent is probably getting fitter. Be prepared as a fighter coming up to a fight to train 6 times a week. Fighting another person and the preparation that comes with it is not easy, it's quite tough. If you train hard, the fight seems easy. Just like Tito says "If you prepare yourself for the worst, the best will always happen."
What i like about Muay Thai is that it not only gives you a chance to defend yourself on the street, but it gives you so much confidence (especially when you knock someone out), and it makes you feel in good health. The same goes with boxing. So you're getting a lot more out of it.
Ultimately, the only thing that can prepare you is you. Rather than asking what should you do to a bunch of randoms on a bodybuilding board, go and look up a credited trainer in your area. Go in, see how they train, and join up if you like it. Join in if you're allowed. If there's something about it you don't like, go elsewhere.
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05-24-2006, 01:40 AM #22Originally Posted by ajzoot
exactly. you think about it all you like and have the greates game plan in your mind to make but as Mike Tyson once said "everybody's got a plan...until they get punched in the mouth"
the truth is you won't know if you have anything until you actually go train. and even if you look mike tyson on the bag and floyd mayweather on the pads you still won't know **** until you get in and start sparring.
i've seen guys who looked so polished skipping,shadow boxing etc. then turn into flailing panseys when it actually comes to fighting.
so forget about turning pro right now. find a gym, find a trainer and just worry about getting started.
as for being too old
yea alot of guys like dlh started at 6 and have over 150 am fights but then there's great fighters like Larry Holmes,Bernard Hopkins, O'neil Bell etc who started late teens/early twenties. so it's not out of the realm of possibility but still highly unlikely.For the great Gaels of Ireland
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yea right lol, i think when he was 19 he had 20 knockouts in a row.
to late man.
I just laugh when i see kids my age or any age really fight with there hands at there waist, i tell my freind put your fuken hands blocking your face and nope doesnt do **** keeps his hands down.
I wish i could box but i live to far away from a gym.
but i love what Tito says as stated above.
"If you prepare yourself for the worst, the best will always happen."
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