All boxers are likely to feel scared and anxious before a fight, even if you have trained in the best boxing training schools in Vancouver. It is natural. However, if you are getting into your first fight anytime soon, following a few tips and tricks could help you alleviate your anxiety and give you a little edge over the competition.
Aggression is the lifeblood of a boxing match. Turn on your aggressive side. Worry about punching with confidence later. Aggression is a great mental strategy to make your opponent feel threatened and also boost your own self-confidence. Make your opponent feel like you will hurt them. If and when they attack you, always make them feel that you are going to come back with something harder and nastier. Maintain eye contact and look directly in their eyes. In any fight, aggression makes the opponent cautious and less aggressive.
You may be tempted to brawl early on. However, the best boxing training experts from Vancouver suggest holding it off the brawl part until you absolutely can. Let your opponent brawl first and you just act in defence. Tire them out by only defending and when they are done brawling, go for it. Hide your moves and tricks until the last minute so that the opponent is attacked unexpectedly. Early brawling will make you tired and you will have exhausted all your moves by the end of the match. This puts you at a significant disadvantage.
Box at the centre and brawl along the ropes
Don’t brawl at the centre as it has ample space for your opponent to move around and evade your attacks. This will keep you moving too and eventually you will get tired. Try to box at the centre and engage in a brawl along the ropes. That way your opponent has very limited space to move and you can attack with focus.
Make sure you stay warm at least from 24 hours before the fight. Maintain warm body temperature and stay loose. Avoid stretching within two hours before the fight. Warm up before the fight and make sure you sweat. Also stay dehydrated and take only sips of water as you get closer to the fight time. You may feel bloated or nauseous if you have too much water.
Formal boxing competitions are a big deal and entirely different from sparring. Unlike sparring, laying on the ropes gives judges a perception that you are a passive fighter. Ducking your head to waist level is also not allowed. Passive fighting is also not encouraged in competitions. You are expected to demonstrate aggression.
In most fights, opposing boxers often wait too long to strike as both are waiting for the counter-attack. However, if you have trained at a reputed boxing gym such as Beyond Boxing, you can easily find a way to be intelligently aggressive and use the right moves. Boxing is not just about physical strength but also about strategy, intelligence and spontaneity. Our trainers at Beyond Boxing train not just technique and body, but also attitude and mind.