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Old 10-25-2014, 11:13 AM   #1
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Default Amateur mistakes.

What are the most common mistakes that an inexperienced boxer makes?
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Old 10-25-2014, 03:07 PM   #2
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Going for the KO every punch
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Old 10-25-2014, 10:48 PM   #3
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So many to point out. But i think the most common ones are:
- Too much tension, which slows you down and tires you out much faster. Lack of relaxation, which I think EVERYONE does when they start out. Its not easy when you dont have the experience or muscle memory (and possibly going for the KO too much like Jasper suggests)
- Lack of balance, resulting in messy footwork - over reaching.

And strangely enough, 8 out of 10 newbies thinking theyll be different and use a Philly shell, which they almost always do completely wrong and inappropriately.
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Old 10-26-2014, 12:23 AM   #4
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I think maybe:

1. Bouncing around too much.. not knowing when to get "rooted" into the ground in order to throw punches with power/torque and meaning.. i.e bouncing around while throwing punches at the same time (pretty much arm punches with little core/leg power behind each punch)

2. Not breathing properly. Taking long winded breathes while moving or throwing punches. You will gas out easily if you take long deep breaths all the time. When you are throwing punches you need to have short-quick-crisp breathes. Think of saying "SHHHH!" every time you throw a punch. Like you are telling your opponent to be quite! It has helped me a lot in not gassing out as MUCH as before. Just watch videos of boxer's shadowboxing, punching the heavy bag or sparring. You will notice this.

3. Not being busy or active in the ring.. especially when a less experienced guy faces a much more experienced fighter. It is natural to have a bit of fear and anxiety. It is a part of your survival instincts under high stress (adrenaline) However you need to either overcome this fear/anxiety or learn to work with it. When the other guy you are up against is connecting his punches with you... you need to move, counter and punch back as much as humanly possible. That is the only way you can slow down his onslaught. If you just go into defensive mode and try to block everyone of his punches... sooner or later he will slip through and connect with something nasty on you!! Plus fighting completely defensive will wear you out eventually. You need to be able to combine both defense and offense into one efficient element of boxing..
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:56 AM   #5
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There is too many.

1.) Not keeping hands up enough or bringing hands back to chin after throwing a punch
2.) When backed into a corner, looking down at the floor, and just jumping out of the way and hoping for the best.
3.) Scared to try what they do in the bags and pads in the ring, be it sparring or a fight, for fear of being hit, seen that many many times.
4.) Trying to copy Floyd Mayweathers style, seen that way too many times, gets old and boring.
5.) Balance and footwork problems
6.) Only trying 2 punches in sparring, Jab and the Cross lol
7.) Getting lazy towards the end and never improving there fitness because in last 30secs they completely give up and that way you will never improve your stamina in the ring.
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:17 AM   #6
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There is too many.

1.) Not keeping hands up enough or bringing hands back to chin after throwing a punch
2.) When backed into a corner, looking down at the floor, and just jumping out of the way and hoping for the best.
3.) Scared to try what they do in the bags and pads in the ring, be it sparring or a fight, for fear of being hit, seen that many many times.
4.) Trying to copy Floyd Mayweathers style, seen that way too many times, gets old and boring.
5.) Balance and footwork problems
6.) Only trying 2 punches in sparring, Jab and the Cross lol
7.) Getting lazy towards the end and never improving there fitness because in last 30secs they completely give up and that way you will never improve your stamina in the ring.
all the above are good esp. the Floyd weather point.in my day every boxing show had a kid who wanted to be Muhammad Ali.
Another thing novices do is follow the other lad round the ring instead of cutting the ring off.as has been mentioned breathing properly to pace themselves.experience sorts most problems out.
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:30 PM   #7
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all the above are good esp. the Floyd weather point.in my day every boxing show had a kid who wanted to be Muhammad Ali.
Another thing novices do is follow the other lad round the ring instead of cutting the ring off.as has been mentioned breathing properly to pace themselves.experience sorts most problems out.
Haha comical really isn't it. If you ask me its healthy too add a bit of something from another fighters resume into yours but to try and completely duplicate another fighters style.... Nah, thats a no go and always ends up with a loss. Yeah the following round the ring is true.
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Old 11-23-2014, 10:42 AM   #8
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I haven't sparred yet but from experience from my friends, the biggest mistake beginners make when sparring is having a huge ego.
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