Strength training is considered beneficial to boxers is because it can assist with power development. 


The stronger a boxer is, the more potential they have to build power, which can translate to a devastating punch. 


But this isn’t the only reason that a boxer should spend time getting stronger…


Sometimes during a fight, things can get very up-close, and when this happens, you really don’t want to be the weakest boxer in the ring. 


Having more strength than your opponent means you can: – 

  • Stop them dead in their tracks should they rush forward and try to overpower you

  • Turn and move them to a position that’s better for you

  • Tire them out by forcing them to decelerate and change direction

  • Tie them up and put a halt to any attacks on the inside

  • Defend yourself better against physically bigger opponents


If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have caught a previous post showing a few clips of Sherif – one of the boxers I worked with at St. Pancras Boxing Club – demonstrating some of the above in one of his fights.


Despite the fact he was the smaller guy in the ring, he was stronger…and it showed. 


Have a look:


Now, I’m more than well aware that Sherif was simply showcasing a very good boxing skill set in the above clips. 


However, strength and conditioning enables you to maximise your current skillset. 


Sure, you may have the know-how to stop and turn your opponent should they rush you. 


But if you’re not particularly strong, then the moment they make contact with you, then there’s a big possibility that you’ll crumble on impact. 


Which may leave you incapable of dictating what happens next.


I would also imagine that the more this happens, the less likely the fight is going to work out in your favour. 


So working on improving your strength can help better prepare you for those up-close situations.


If strength training interests you, then you’ll be please to know that it doesn’t have to complicated.


Sherif’s S&C training was nothing magical – 


He simply stuck to the basics and trained on a very consistent basis.


Start with the basics

And you can see for yourself how it’s paying off in the ring.


This summer is the perfect opportunity to start building up a foundation of strength so that when the next season comes around, you can add a whole new dimension to your boxing performance.


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