Friday, January 2, 2009

Gym Notes: Bend Your Knees and Don't Box So Rigid.

I'm working with a 6'6 heavyweight on footwork, stance, and not being so rigid when he moves. This is particularly important when he slips punches. A common bad habit for a lot of fighters is bending at the waste and not the knees. Kelly Pavlik did this in his loss against Bernard Hopkins. That was one of the first things Bernard told Kelly to improve.

You have better balance, more rhythm, are less of a target ( especially if you're tall ), and you can counter better when bending the knees. Do you have this problem? Do you even look to see if you do? That's what the mirror is for when shadow boxing. Check yourself next time you're in front of a mirror shadow boxing. If you're boxing rigid correct that and watch how much better you become.

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