Are punchers made or born?

Discussion in 'Boxing Training' started by Fighting Fungus, May 17, 2013.

  1. Fighting Fungus

    Fighting Fungus Active Member Full Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    A guy that I talked to boxes and trains fighters says you can tell punchers from day 1. Is this true or false?
  2. NVSemin

    NVSemin Sugar Boxing Full Member

    Aug 26, 2012
    Jack Dempsey in his book advocates that punchers can be made
  3. ben1990

    ben1990 Member Full Member

    May 19, 2007
    Not sure from day 1. But the way life works is you have certain talents potentials that are apparent and they get better faster than other peoples.

    Example Roy Jones probably couldnt throw the triple hook his first day in the gym, but it was probably apparent the kid had some speed.
  4. viru§™

    viru§™ Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 28, 2007
    It's not as black and white as punchers are born or made, there's many factors involved that are different person to person.

    As has been mentioned, it's obvious when somebody has the natural ability to be a KO artist but that's not to say a puncher can't be made.
  5. Makingweight

    Makingweight Well-Known Member Full Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    Certain fighters are naturally born with k.o power can other fighters develop into better punchers but there has to have something to work with in the first place.

    Maybe their technique hadn't been quite right?The other side of the coin when fighters move up in weight class some have carried their power up others obviously don't fair to say an individual thing.

    David Haye when moving up the HW first thing was said was too small won't carry his power up well he certainly has proved that wrong as an example.He has natural k.o power.
  6. greynotsoold

    greynotsoold Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    Roy Jones was 'made' to the extent that his father started training him to be a boxer from the moment he was born. Same with Shane Mosley; his dad had him in the gym in a baby basket.
  7. NVSemin

    NVSemin Sugar Boxing Full Member

    Aug 26, 2012
    Hand speed and general speed are born assets
    You can get faster but not become really fast

    However, I have no doubts, ko technique can be taught to a great majority of people. Born stuff can ceraintly help, but it is not necessary
  8. Speechless

    Speechless Well-Known Member Full Member

    Mar 7, 2012
    I believe punchers can be made. I'm not a power puncher in the ring, but I can hit a bag with the kind of power I hope never to be hit with. Leading me to believe, that technique plays a much bigger role than power itself.
  9. scrap

    scrap Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jul 15, 2006
    Old saying Punchers are Born, then Made. :D
  10. brown bomber

    brown bomber 2010 Poster of the Year Full Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    Weight of punch is only a tiny piece of the puzzle - everyone who takes me on the pads says I'm a really heavy hitter. Good guys who have padded some top fighters - I got one ko in 20 pro fights.
  11. xRedx

    xRedx Boxing Addict Full Member

    Dec 17, 2012
  12. Big-Z

    Big-Z New Member Full Member

    May 12, 2013
    I'm gonna go with born, some people just have it and other have to work for it.

    Case in point we look at some of the natural power punchers of boxing history, one that comes to mind above others is George Foreman then we got Sonny Liston, Mike Tyson these guys just seemed to be born with iron fist that got honed when they were trained how to use it.
  13. gumbo2176

    gumbo2176 Active Member Full Member

    Nov 14, 2010
    Been following this post a bit. My take is "Born". If punchers can be made, why are guys like Mallinaghi not heavier handed than they are. All the years of training for boxing in the ams and pros and a dismal KO record in the top game indicate to me that they can't be strictly made.

    Some people are just born with heavy hands, and with proper training and technique, their power gets exponentially better.
  14. gumbo2176

    gumbo2176 Active Member Full Member

    Nov 14, 2010

    So BB, what is your opinion? With only one KO in 20 pro fights, do you think it's something you're born with or made. If you feel it's made, you have some work to do. And I say that with the utmost respect to you since it takes a lot to climb into the ring to face an opponent that many times.
  15. brown bomber

    brown bomber 2010 Poster of the Year Full Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    That's what I'm saying - I can punch hard but there are other factors. Mind you some do punch harder so ill go with scrap born then made