Boxing Tips: Sparring Beginners vs. Real Boxers

Since I’m planning on doing a series of boxing tips I wanted to clarify that this blog focuses on tips for fighting experienced boxers. Without this clarification there will be some new boxing students sitting at home saying things like, “I always push the bag and I never have trouble landing power punches against my friends.”

Four Types of Boxers 

In boxing training you’re going to step into the ring with one of 4 types of people:

The Boxer – This guy has learned the sweet science, he’s in shape, he’s fluid, he’s mobile and he’s elusive. This guy knows tricks that will shock you and make you feel clueless. And unfortunately he can hit hard.

The Slugger - This guy may have been around or some time but for some reason hasn’t really learned the sweet science. Maybe he doesn’t care to, maybe he thinks he doesn’t have to listen to his trainer, or maybe he just relies on his natural power too much. See further info in my post Brawlers vs Boxers.

The Amazing Athlete - Boxing requires endurance, speed, power, fluidity, balance and refined footwork. Some rare individuals have athletic backgrounds where these are already highly developed and pick up boxing unusually fast. I hate these guys (sorry, that’s jealousy talking).

The Untrained – This guy may never have thrown a punch before, or he may have come from a martial arts background, or he may have had lots of street fights. But when in the ring, he doesn’t know squat compared to the Boxer.

Of course there are different degrees of Boxers, Sluggers and many levels of cluelessness in the Untrained, but this is a good categorization.

Difference Between the Read Deal and the Rest 

A person with decent boxing skills should be able to land a variety of punches against the Untrained. He may be in constant danger with the Slugger, but he should be able to land punches when he’s not weathering the storm. The Athlete is unpredictable, it depends how gifted he is. The Boxer is a whole other animal. Against the Boxer you might not even be able to land a single clean jab for many rounds when you first spar.

If you want to develop you should spar with the Boxer. That’s where you’ll learn the most and that’s were you’ll learn what you know and what you don’t know. If you can never land a left hook against the Boxer, you can’t properly throw it. If you can land it, then the Untrained, the Slugger and the Athlete will be easy pickings for your left hook.

Don’t be confused, the boxing tips and techniques on this blog are to help you in sparring the Boxer.

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