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3 OF THE BEST KNOCKOUTS IN BOXING
A knockout is of the the most exciting things in boxing, basically al boxers are looking for this in a fight. Everybody has his own favorite knockouts depending on the fighters, history and more. Through the years we have the best 5 knockouts till this day.
- Thomas Hearns vs Roberto Duran: Hearns unloads a powerful punch sending Duran to the floor for the second time in the first round.
- Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton: On the second round Hatton collapsed onto to his back as the ref waived off the fight immediately.
- Juan Manuel Marquez vs Manny Pacquiao IV: One of the best and surprising knockouts in history. After 6 rounds of both fighters trading heavy punches Pacquiao lunged in at Marquez but Marquez dipped his head out of the way and threw a powerful punch sending Pacquiao to the canvas.
Through the history of boxing the gear to practice this sport keeps evolving with the progress of technology and science; all this with the goal of protecting the fighters of any major injury. One only needs to look at the center piece of boxing, the gloves, to see how far we have got.
Today the difference we spot more easily in gloves is the color. Now, this could be only the fighter preference but is it only that? Other people have asked the same question. There has been research about color psychology and how that affects human behavior. For instance, red represents aggression and power; that is why a lot of sport cars use this color as their main. Meanwhile, white represents sincerity and purity, two things that surely does not come to mind when thinking about boxing, at least not to the audience but the fighter could see themselves as in a higher state of mind or at peace when wearing white.
Of course, we must keep in mind what kind of effect the color of your gloves takes in your opponent. Does black make it more difficult to telegraph punches? Does yellow excite them to the point of precipitation and making basic mistakes but make it easier to follow your punches? Does blue intimate them?
At the end of the day what it comes down to, most likely, is preference. Still, as any sport, boxing is not only about skill or strength, it’s about emotion and our mind can easily sway our emotions.
There are different boxing styles that are generally accepted. The boxer has a natural tendency to gravitate towards a specific style but it can actually change over the years. This time we’re gonna talk about the out-boxer technique.
This is a traditional style of boxing, and it is often called just plain “boxer” and it is definitely one of the most enjoyable techniques to watch as an aficionado. The boxer keeps a gap and stays outside the ring, throwing longer punches, they’re the exact opposite of a swarmer who is aggressive and overwhelming with his opponent.
Probably the most famous out-boxer is Muhammad Ali who weared his opponents down leading to a soft victory.
Here are some ways you can identify this style and get to know if you yourself are a out-boxer.
- You take your time to identify your opponent’s style
- You like to maintain distance from your opponent
- You make long range punches.
- You’re quick on your feet
- You stay outside, come in throwing a few punches, and step back
- Your punches are calculated and constant.
Remember no boxer is married to a single style throughout his career. You can learn what’s best for you, practice, study your opponent and achieve victory.
Boxers are some of the most disciplined athletes. Let’s not forget they got where they are through a series of intensive training, building their psyche periodically and doing the right diet. Boxing training gives you endurance, strength and speed. If you’re just starting out here are 4 essential workouts you can try:
- Jump rope. Let’s start with the adequate warm up, this is the best way to improve balance and footwork, it also helps you control your breathing efficiency.
- Shadowboxing. Done with the right goals in mind, shadowboxing can improve your boxing technique. It is great to practice at home or even right before a fight. Set your mind on your opponent or the abilities you want to enhance and really take the habit of doing until you master said goals and set a new one.
- Heavy bag. This is perfect for beginners, it helps you with the overall coordination, footwork and punching power. After practicing for some time, you can try the speed bag.
- Sparring. One of the best ways to learn how to fight, training with a partner is a great way to know your own limits and techniques. Take note of your reflexes, endurance, jabs, and even your footwork.
When we witness a match, our eyes dance around the two opponents, the punches and the sweat but we rarely notice the referee, the man who knows by first hand what’s really going on inside the ring, the man who can stop the fight if he seems that is necessary. Love him or hate him, the referee plays a crucial role in every match.
Let’s take a look at some of the most notables referees:
Kenny Bayless (1950). Born in Nevada, he’s been the referee of many notable fights like Hopkins vs De La Hoya, Cotto Vs. Margarito, Pacquiao vs Hatton, Mayweather vs Canelo, etc. He has received criticism for being a little too considerate with Floyd Mayweather; if chosen as the referee for McGregor’s debut against Mayweather, he would’ve objected to the Nevada State Athletic Comission.
Ruby Goldstein (1907). Born in New York, he was a professional boxer during the 20’s. He served time in the army and got back to the United States becoming a prominent referee. He received mixed reactions in the world welterweight championship fight between Benny Kid Parret vs. Emile Griffith. Paret was badly beaten and was knocked out in the 12th round. Some consider Goldstein should’ve intervened and stopped the fight sooner because Parret died 10 days later from brain injuries.
Mills Lane. (1937). Born in Georgia, Mills Lane was a professional boxer, referee and t.v. personality. He became a boxing icon when he refereed the “Bite Fight” of Tyson vs. Holyfield, he even sold the bloody shirt to a memorabilia collector. Many years later he became a real judge and had a reality court show called “Judge Mills Lane”, he also allowed MTV’s Celebrity Deadmatch to use his voice and character with his iconic catchphrase “Let’s get it on”.
The importance of staying hydrated is an obvious advice, but often an overlooked one.
Boxers specially go through a lot of strict diets and trainings that can alter the amount of fluids in their body, causing dehydration.
Identify the symptoms:
- Dry mouth
You can have sports drinks but make sure they don’t contain really high amounts of sugar, regular water or mineral water would be ideal. You can also get the right minerals into your body with a diet containing fish, legumes. mushrooms and sweet potatoes.
Remember to don’t overdo it and cause harm to your body. When it comes to training the key is balance, consult your trainer for the best timing and amount of water you should drink depending on your routine and overall goals you’re trying to achieve.
While training don’t underestimate your footwork, enhancing your technique will give you advantage over your opponent, and ultimately lead you to win a fight.
Practice these 5 essential tips and measure your results constantly:
- Stance. Don’t wide your stance too much, you’ll most likely have to jump which will reduce your energy.
- Sidestepping. Avoid dragging your feet and let them slide from left to right
- Training. Incorporate jumping rope in your routine, it helps you move and coordinate your feet as you would during a fight.
When you’re watching a match, focus on the footwork of the fighters and you’ll see that whoever has the best footwork will often be the winner.
Don’t let it be all about the punches, mastering footwork is crucial and will make you a better boxer.
Remembering Jake La Motta
The “Bronx Bull” died a month ago at the age of 95 on September 19th, 2017.
Jake La Motta was a ferocious fighter and former World Middleweight Champion who fought like there was no tomorrow. He let his opponents beat him to later learn his techniques and strike harder, deserving the Raging Bull nickname that would later result in a movie by the same name directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the his life in and outside the ring.
One of his most famous fights was against Sugar Ray Robinson, his eternal rival, whom he beat on 1943, making Ray’s first loss in his career. He fought with Ray six times “I fought Sugar Ray so often, I almost got diabetes” he said.
La Motta won the World Middleweight Title in 1949 against Marcel Cerdan defending his title twice before he lost it against his long-time rival, Sugar Ray, in a match known as the “Valentine’s Day Massacre” echoing the shooting involving Al Capone due to the bloody beating Jake received in the fight.
The Bull had 83 wins (30 knockouts), 19 losses and 4 draws. His personal life was far away from stable. He had a bad temper and a drinking problem, got married six times and admitted to beating his wives, he also served time in jail inciting a minor into prostitution. In his later days, he performed as an actor in several films and also toured as a standup comedian.
He’s remembered as the toughest of fighters, one who was not scared of taking a beating if that meant taking down his opponent and achieving victory. In spite of his deplorable behavior outside the ring, he’s still one of the bravest fighters the boxing world has ever seen.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: THE RING
We’ve all seen that squared rope delimited area where the boxing match takes place, and it’s definitely not in a shape of a ring, is it? Well it used to be.
Back in the day, the combats took place in any plain land traced with a circle. The modern ring we know, was introduced in 1838 the Pugilistic Society and it’s stayed almost the same to this day.
Inside this 24 feet square, men have been made and destroyed. The corner of the rings have seen more sweat and blood than any other sport; the trainer, the cutman, all representing the support a boxer needs to continue his fight.
Ever since the first televised match in 1933, the audience for a boxing encounter raised and the expectations for a fierce fight increased, delivering a 12 round match filled with power and strength leaving the viewers with a sense of glory they can only experience from a great fight.
The ring -a silent viewer- has evolved but a constant has always remained: a man’s determination meets another man’s determination battling for more than a title. It’s a triumph for status, recognition and respect. It’s a feeling of bruised flesh and victorious soul only a boxer can get.