5 Tips to Survive Fight Week
By Neil Perkins
With more people in the UK boxing, more people are experiencing the final week before a contest. As the fight gets nearer, fight week can be a daunting time and in many cases where the fight can be won or lost. Granted many professionals and amateurs are well versed in this intense period. The white collar first timer needs to know how to cope with this period and not let their training camp be ruined in the days leading up to or on the day of the fight.
Here are five tips to survive fight week
From 5-10 days, out from contest your hard training should be done. I’d advise a five-day taper for three round contests and a ten-day taper for persons boxing championship duration (10 rounds or more) After your last hard sessions, two to three very light and sharp sessions should consist of lose shadow boxing and bursts of pad work, these sessions should never be more than 30 minutes in duration and just there to keep you sharp. Your body should be recharging ad recovering in the time leading up to fight night.
Not only do you need to let your bodies glycogen stores recover by fuelling and tapering down training, you need to ensure you sleep. Sleep is very important to let your body recover and recharge. You should be banking at least 8 hours sleep per night in the week in the lead up to a fight.
3. Switch off
This refers to Fight Night. Very often as the home fighter there are people coming to watch you and people love living on lastmiute.com. Make sure you have allocated someone to distribute your tickets and ensure you are not running two and from the front door to distribute tickets. This is a distraction not needed in the final hours before a contest.
4. Stay with the team
Stay in and around the fighters dressing room. I’m sure that your cousin’s drunken boyfriend who boxed in the army means well when he is trying to teach you the punch that he won the regiment championship with in 2002, but it won’t help you win fight night. You have been around a ‘family’ of boxers who have your boxing interests at heart and understand your game plan and what you must do to execute it. Your friends and family are there to support you, but there fears, apprehensions and advice will not equal anything that your coaching team can give you.
5. Zone out
Prepare what you are going to do in the final 90 minutes before a contest. Get yourself a playlist and listen to it – something that gets you in the zone. Think how you’ll prepare, how tight you’ll do your laces, which glove you put on first. These are rituals seasoned boxers accrue over a career, you may have one night to get it right.