Boxing is an unusual job. And long before you can float like a butterfly or sting like a bee there’s enough crawling like a caterpillar to put even the most motivated off.
Here are 7 things no one tells you before you become a professional boxer:
- Better hope you have a granite chin
If you’ve got a glass jaw, you go down easily and can’t take a big punch. If you’ve got a granite chin, you’re immovable.
- It’s worth the weight
You can be as fit as you like, and look in amazing shape, but boxing is a weight-governed sport.
- Look after yourself
It pays the bills, affords your lifestyle and supports your loved ones. Given that, you’d be crazy to take any risks that could jeopardize your career and could stop you from fighting.
- You’re signing to be a semi-professional runner
Running is your bread and butter: the core fitness from which everything else is built.
- Grow a thick skin
You can be the hardest man in the world, but if you don’t have a thick skin you’ll crumble. There are insults from other fighters, which are all part of the game, but you’ll lose if you let it get to you
- Skip training
Skipping is the answer. Every session starts with it, no matter what level you’re at, so you get pretty good and learn some nice tricks. And the most suitable workout outfit would be sweat shorts and vests.
- Plan for life outside the ring
As boxers, you’ve got expiry dates. Not many people box beyond their late thirties. So you need to be cute with money, take advice and keep an eye on life after the sport.
Having talked about these things, let’s get you to read about a little more sports!