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Every boxing fan and pundit has a favorite athlete. Some may even have multiple favorites. Occasionally, you may even meet someone that has favorites based on criteria. There are multiple factors that can make a boxer great. Let’s discuss a few of them.
You gotta walk before you run
Before a boxer can be great, they must be good. Judging a boxer as good is far easier. There are simple requirements to meet. A boxer need not check every box to be good, but not have at least checked probably means they were never much of a competitor is the first place.
Under the hood of your good boxers
Regardless of lifestyle outside the ring, every boxer worth their weight has discipline inside the gym. The sport simply demands it. Talent alone may carry a boxer through the lower levels of competition, but not much further. The long runs and weight loss alone require ample amounts of discipline.
Those on the outside may not be aware, but pugilism is a thinker’s sport. An understanding of strategy is tactics is mandatory at a high level. Boxers need to take in information from themselves and their opponents to make split-second adjustments throughout the bout. This simply can’t be accomplished without a measure of mental aptitude.
Cardiovascular capacity and endurance are a by-product of the aforementioned discipline. A less savvy boxer can pull through if s/he has the better “gas tank.” Every good coach knows this and very few competitors have accomplished much without knowing and embracing the fact.
Proper form and technique are paramount. Fighters in upper weight classes can afford to slack a bit in their form, but those with it stand out dramatically. In the lower classes, technique, be it defensive or offensive can be everything. It can affect speed, power, and even cardio. The technique is what you fall back on when you’re tired, so it’s best to be kept tight.
Speed is one of the first things pundits consider when measuring a boxers worth. This is fair considering that boxer is a game of hitting and not getting hit. Speed is a function of relaxation and technique developed over time. Anyone can develop speed, but some simply have it in spades.
Power is a function of speed and technique. It’s another intangible, however, since some are just born with a talent for kinetic linking and weight distribution in their strikes. This can be developed through training, but the GGGs and Mike Tysons of the world will always stand out.
The intangibles are difficult to describe. They’re the ‘X factor’ a fighter may possess. Be it blinding speed, thunderous power, a cast iron jaw or off the charts charisma, some fighters grab your attention. They make you want to watch them. They make you want to cheer for them or against them. If a fighter like this is able to draw you in and keep winning in dramatic fashion. You have yourself a great boxer.