Boxing is a sport where the fists are your investment. Some call it barbaric, others call it a game. Either way, some great boxers were born into it; others were born to test themselves with it.
The greatest boxers in the world did not crop out of nowhere. They rose into greatness thanks to their early experiences that led them to boxing. Anecdotes of boxers would typically illustrate that they were pushed into boxing at early ages. Thus, their careers begun and they grew up with it.
An oaf does not become a genius overnight. Well some greats seem to have real talents with boxing, many of them were products of consistent training and development of their skills. Like in all sports, you just don’t grow muscles that make you box better or will that makes you stand the blows from the opponent. You have to invest something on boxing which more often than not, go a long way into your boxing career.
This is probably one of the sadder truths in boxing- no one is invisible to the blows. So take them for they are parts of the sport. Some of them are hard, some of them are even harder but you cannot choose if you want to follow the paths of the greats.
Never look at it as a personal fight
Professional boxing is not only termed so because someone gets to benefit from it professionally. Boxing is not limited to the monetary benefits. Professional boxing is professional because boxers typically have the full knowledge that everything that happens on the ring is just for the fulfillment of the game. It is not a personal fight between two guys. It is just a game, like most other games. Thus, keep your emotions at bay for once emotions get into the fight, it is a sure way to lose it.
Maintain your discipline
Boxing is not only a sport, it is also science and art combined. As such, the disciples of this art are forced to maintain the disciple itself and their own conduct. Discipline covers regular training, exercise and of course self-control.
Develop your own technique
What is there to add when everything seems to have already been discovered? Not much but there is still. From time to time, boxers develop their own boxing techniques that are different from everyone else’s. These are oftentimes products of their own inquisitive desire to discover something new from an old craft, a product of combining techniques from other styles of fighting or a remade and polished technique from an old great.
Invest on character
Lack of good character is among the most treacherous factors why some boxers just don’t become great themselves. It is much harder to be humble when you know that you can pick a fight any time you want, hit a guy straight in the face and come out without a scratch. But then again, that is not the essence of boxing.
It is not simply brawling, it is also a test of character. If you are patient enough, if you have consideration for the other fighters enough to make you respect them, if you can look another fighter in the eye and see that he is not just a living punching bag, you will definitely understand that it takes more than fists to be a boxer. It also requires a good character.
All boxing greats have a common denominator. It is their personal investments on this field.