At Final Round CSA we often get inquiries about how to become a competitive boxer. There are several points that we like to make whenever discussing what it takes to fight as an amateur in the sport of boxing.
The first thing that you need to consider is where you want to train. You will be spending a lot of time at the gym, and with the other competitive boxers at that gym, so you will want to make sure that you are comfortable with the facility and the coaches. The coaches should be experienced so that you know you are getting the best training for your time and money. You will want a coach that you can trust while in your corner when the time comes for you to begin your amateur career. A good coach will serve not only as an instructor, but as a mentor. The facility should be a boxing gym that has some basic equipment. At the minimum you need heavy bags, speed bags, double end bags, and, of course, a boxing ring.
The next thing that you will want to consider is your level of dedication. There is a difference between being in shape like a fighter and being an actual fighter in the ring. Many athletes enjoy boxing but don’t want to take it to the next level and compete. If you would like to see if you have what it takes the first step is to dig deep and become dedicated to the process. You will need to be in excellent physical and mental condition. Your coach should be able to guide you on what you need to be doing in addition to learning boxing technique. The boxing team members at Final Round CSA are expected to work on their cardiovascular endurance and to work on their core strength. To give you a bench mark, here is what some consider to be the very minimum you should be able to do as an amateur competitor:
-run 3-5 miles (easily)
-Hit the heavy bag for 15 minutes nonstop
-Spar double the required rounds. Amateur boxing is 3 rounds
with Novice being 2 minute rounds and Open (ten or more fights)
being 3 minute rounds.
Living a healthy lifestyle is also important. Eat to train. Put good clean fuel in your body so that you can reach your full potential. You will find in a good boxing gym your fellow amateur competitors will talk about the best food to eat and the best protein to supplement your diet. Trusting your coach to guide you in this process is essential as you will need to push yourself hard and need your body to be functioning at an optimal level.
Spar, spar, and spar some more! Nothing will prepare you for that first competitive bout like sparring in the ring. Your coach will guide you and tell you where you need to improve (Keep those hands up! Defense! Uppercut Now!). Have a fellow member video you on your phone so that you, together with your coach, can analyze where you need to improve. Having teammates there to help you and push you and cheer for you is a great motivator. While you are alone in the ring with your opponent, you can have a whole team of boxers that are with you in spirit!
At Final Round CSA we have trained champions and all have several things in common. They have a strong work ethic, a competitive spirit, and a love of the sport. If you think you have what it takes then join the field of competitive boxers and begin what will become a rewarding and exciting career.