5 ways to ensure you win your White Collar Boxing contest
By Neil Perkins
With a growing number of organisations popping up offering white collar boxing, coupled with the growth of England Boxing (former amateur boxing association), more and more people are boxing in the UK. Unlike team sports, there is no-one else to blame when it goes wrong. With many people using this unique experience as a platform to boost fitness levels, transform their physique, let off some stress and complete a personal achievement, here is how to ensure you get a win in your boxing bout.
1. Spar, Spar, Spar
Nothing beats sparring. You can burpee, hit bags and run until you are blue in the face. You need appropriate level sparring to prepare you for a boxing contest. Open sparring is essential in the two to three weeks prior to the contest, but you shouldn’t open spar until your fundamental basics are in place. You need to be sparring with persons of a similar height, weight and ability.
2.Have a game plan
In many of the white collar organisations you have the foresight of who you are boxing. Revise a suitable game plan to combat this style of boxer and practise what you are going to do. If you are lucky enough to a have a sparring partner to replicate the opponents style, then practice it in sparring. Be aware of what works for you, build of these strong points and let your boxing flow from there.
3. Ensure you’re appropriately matched
Unfortunately, life isn’t like Rocky. Boxing is a sport about levels and you need to be appropriately matched. You will not win a contest if you are miss matched, if a non-league football team where to play Manchester United they’d all have a fun and great experience playing against world class players before losing 20-0, in boxing you can end up seriously hurt. Opponents should ALWAYS be in the same weight class and check what safeguards the body you are boxing under has in place to ensure appropriate matching.
4. Train hard, fight easy
Fights are won and lost in the gym. Not only will you need a plan, you’ll need the fitness to carry it out. For the first timer, three two minute rounds doesn’t seem long? Try it under the pressure of fight night. Rest is important but for the final phase of fight camp and the last two to four weeks of training, you should be training a minimum of four times per week.
5. Remember to taper
Remember to taper! If you where the kid who did his homework on the bus an hour before it was due in, you are in trouble. Fight week should be about tapering down and letting your body recover. Your hard work should be completed 5-10 days out from contest and the last few days are taper down. Hard training will boost your fitness but exhaust you, fight week is about relaxing and recovering.