I recently came across the two videos below. Each is a testament to the skill required to excel in the sport of boxing. The first is dedicated to defensive mastery, while the second highlights some of the most effective counter punchers in recent times.
These skills are often overlooked by casual fans. Such spectators instead focus on physical qualities such as power and endurance. There is much more to the sweet science however. Fighters learn quickly that skill must accompany their physical attributes.
Anyone can get in shape, but it takes years to master the finer points of the sport.
The take home message for young fighters is to focus the bulk of your attention to the sport itself. Much of your work should take place with the gloves on. You will learn by doing. Everything else is secondary.
“Rhythm is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart, and that’s in rhythm or you’re in trouble.” – Sugar Ray Robinson