Originally Posted by Brand NOOBian
My coach told me about a competition for hobby boxers at the end of October, and he thinks I should fight in it. Matches are based on age as well as weight, and each fight is only two 1 min 30 sec rounds. I'm 28, 176.5 cm (5ft 9.5 in), currently 72.5 kg (159 pounds), and I started boxing in January of this year. I can try to compete at either 70 kg or 75 kg, though he thinks I'll be on the short side at 75 kg. I'm sure my coach will have more to tell me later on, but thought I'd ask a few questions here.
1) Even though it's not a serious competition, I don't wanna take it lightly. Do you guys do anything differently when preparing for a fight compared to just an average day/week at the gym?
2) I've never competed in a sport with weight classes and have no experience with cutting water weight. Since weigh-ins are on the day of, should I try to get down to 70 kg ahead of time and just stay there, or should I stay around my current weight and cut right before?
I only have 4 four fights so far ( 2 competitions ) so im still inexperienced but here's my 2cents!
1. yeah of course! If i were you i would definitely step up the training if you want to win! Go more often and train harder. Do some running regularly to keep the weight down and increase your training intensity.
Since it's a 2 round 1min30 sec bout which is extremely short, you got to ensure a very high workrate for the whole 3 minutes.
Try to get more sparring sessions in too so that you become very comfortable with fighting and know the ring well ^^!
2. Weight wise, you shouldn't try to lose more than 1kg of water since the weigh-in is on the day itself lol, it'll tire you out. One week before your fight, reduce your sodium intake as it causes water retention.
On the day itself you can do some skipping/shadow boxing to warm up as well as lose ~1kg of water.
Ur only 2.5kg away from the 70kg weight class so you only need to lose 1.5kg of fats so that should be pretty easy with minimal diet changes.
GOODLUCK FOR THE FIGHT AND BE PREPARED FOR A GUY RUSHING TO YOU LIKE A MAD MAN FOR THE WHOLE BOUT!!! STAY CALM AND KEEP THE GUARD TIGHT