The other day, I saw THIS VIDEO of Deontay Wilder issuing the following challenge to both Gervonta Davis and Dominic Breazeale –
How hard could they hit one of those punching machines?
You’ve most probably seen those machines at fairgrounds, arcades and occasionally in some bars/clubs (I’ve never been sure if this is a wise idea or not).
Basically, you punch a small bag as hard as you can, which then gives you a score depending on how hard you hit it (the top score is 999).
Wilder claimed a score of 927 (with his left hand), which is pretty impressive.
Davis steps up and effortlessly scores 937.
Then it’s Breazeale’s turn… and he scores an 889.
Considering he’s fighting Wilder in a few weeks time, this probably didn’t do his confidence any good.
But this did get me wondering –
Davis is a super featherweight.
He is 9 weight divisions below Wilder and Breazeale.
How did he score so well??
Well, the first thing to take note of is the fact that these devices don’t actually measure how hard you hit, but rather how fast you can make the ball move.
If you watch closely, you can see that Davis and Breazeale use different techniques, with Davis being significantly more explosive and using a faster hand speed.
So essentially, they are a measure of punch speed, rather than punch force i.e. how much weight you put into each punch – had this been the case, then they heavyweights would have obviously racked up much higher scores.
There is also the fact that if you were to speak to some very qualified sports scientists, then they’d tell you that the only thing those machines are good at measuring is the size of the male ego.
But it does raise a good point –
Technique is largely responsible for how hard a boxer can punch.
Once you’ve perfected your punch technique, if you want to improve your punching power, then you must train explosively.
Strength training and lifting weights is a good start, but it’s not quite enough.
You see, getting stronger simply teaches the body how to produce force, which is still a good thing.
But if you want to improve punch power?
Then you need to teach the body how to produce force quickly.
And should a boxer go about doing this?
Well, this is something I’m going to cover in the next few blog posts as it’s a freakin’ useful quality for many boxers to train.
So if you want to learn how to become a more powerful boxer, and deliver much more powerful punches, then please stay tuned…
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