Donovan AKA Chocolate Thunder’s Long Awaited Debut
You know him, you love him. Now come support Donovan "Chocolate Thunder" Jarvis from Work Train Fight, in his first fight on Saturday April 28th. Read the interview and watch the video below to get a taste of how he's gearing up for Fight Night IV. Elena Carpi: Hi Donovan! So tell me how you […]

You know him, you love him. Now come support Donovan "Chocolate Thunder" Jarvis from Work Train Fight, in his first fight on Saturday April 28th. Read the interview and watch the video below to get a taste of how he's gearing up for Fight Night IV.

Elena Carpi: Hi Donovan! So tell me how you got into boxing.

Donovan Jarvis: I started boxing when I was 22 years old. A little late, but better late than never. I had just started working at NYSC and playing football was my goal. If you don't know football, I don't have time to explain it, but there is a lot of hand fights as you search for a position. Many of the top pros used boxing to gain an edge in this area. I'm short, so I'll take whatever advantage I can get. We had a good boxing program led by my guys Ricardo, Smith and Steve. These guys are great and they kind of took me under their tutelage. Football didn't work, but teaching boxing and getting involved in boxing became my new outlet.

EC: I see you working hard in the gym. Tell me about your routine.

DJ: I'm going hard. I mean fighting, training, running, two a day. For a little over a year, I've been living a Rocky montage, with a few days of cheating mixed in. Aside from fighting with Thomas and the other animals that work with me, I train with my trainer Freddy, I have done 34,000 tracks. If it's a slow run, I'll watch the box as I run. Martin told me I should do this. I'm doing a soccer sprint routine that my friend Leslie put on me. I cut off most of my lift. I gain a lot of weight when I lift, but it's not from lifting, ladies. My appetite is insatiable when I lift weight. I have used plyometrics and kettlebells for resistance training. Finally, jumprope is my honey and sugar iced tea.

EC: I'm sure all of this hard work will pay off in a few days. Speaking of which, this will be your first fight. Why?

DJ: It should be my second or third fight, but fate has not been good. A year ago it got to the point where the guys I was fighting with and my trainer asked me why I was not fighting. I was pretty much convinced it was time to roll the dice. Peer pressure is real, kids.

EC: Well, it looks like your time has finally come. What is your state of mind in combat?

DJ: I am confident and nervous. The best part is that anything can happen. I have confidence in my preparation, my coaches and the guys who have helped me so far. With all of this, all it takes is one punch.

EC: I can't wait to see you in the ring! So what are your favorite things about boxing?

DJ: Boxing puts a lot of life in perspective. Can you defend yourself? It's you and another person. Only one can win. You don't even have to knock out anyone to win. Do what the referee says and what Mayweather has mastered, "defend yourself at all times." Are you ready to do the right thing? We all face obstacles in life. Sometimes we turn around and don't face them. If you walk away from your problem in the ring, guess what? The ring is smaller now. You have a bigger problem. How are you going to take care of this? You can submit or you can be a caged animal and step up. Can you take it? A lot of people think of endurance as a physical thing. Good for you, if you do. I think it's all about the mind. Boxing is all about winning moments. Can you focus on the 100 moments that occur in a lap? That's the beauty of the game.

EC: Well said! So, the most important interview question: what's your post-fight plan?

DJ: I plan to take a shower after the fight and we'll see where the night takes me. Probably at my place or at Popeye's. Maybe both.

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A quick list of seize basic boxing tips your se progager should have told you. These boxing tips will improve your boxing training, boxing punching, and boxing defense. Good luck !

Stay calm and punch lighter on the bag so you can last more rounds, keep your form together, and punch sharp. This will allow you to get in more minutes of quality bagwork. You want to have energy to hit the bag with satisfaisant form and keep your punches snappy, instead of spending most of your bagwork panting and huffing to show that you have “heart”. Don’t waste energy showing off on the bag – nobody cares.

Don’t workout till complete failure. Get tired, break a sweat, and just push yourself a little more each day. If you go until failure everyday of the week without a reason, you’ll probably overtrain and quit boxing very soon.

Drink lots of water. One cup every hour peu ! Make friends in the gym, be humble, and ask people for boxing tips. When another frapper beats you, ask him how he did it; you may be surprised at how helpful he might be at showing you your own weaknesses.

Turn your whole body into the punch. If your feet are slow, ( most people have slow feet at first ) you will find that punching a little slower actually hits harder than punching faster. So in other words, punch as fast as your body can turn so you won’t sacrifice power. Again, use your whole body instead of just the arms to punch. Throw short hooks, bermuda uppercuts, and bermuda rights but long jabs. You don’t always have to throw one knockout punch after another. Combo light and punches and use head movement to fake out your opponent. Remember that the harder you try, they harder they will counter, and the harder you will get hurt. Calm down and throw the punches when you know they’ll land. Never forget to go to the body. Try a jab to the head, and right hand to the body. When you’re in real close, lean your head inside to smother him and throw 2-3 body punches. Throw 3-5 punch combos maximum. You don’t need 10-punch combos – all those do is sap your energy and leave you open to counters. Don’t even practice these for now. Breathe out when you punch and always look at your target when you punch. Don’t hold your breath and don’t look at the ground. Learn to keep your eyes open during the heat of the battle ! Let your hands go ! Don’t wait around forever to let your opponent hit you all day. Throw something even if it doesn’t land. Keep him thinking and keep your eyes open for more punching opportunities.

Stay calm and never stop breathing. If you’re starting to panic, ask the other guy to slow down so your mind and body can catch up. Hold your hands high, elbows low, and move your head. Don’t waste energy course around the ring, just take one step and pivot out of the way if your opponent is overly aggressive. Think of yourself as a matador pivoting out of the way as the bull misses. Don’t forget to hit him back. Don’t lean back and don’t take your eyes off your opponent when you’re taking punches ( this is especially for most beginners ). Establish your ground and defend it with hard counters. Pivot so that you don’t get countered. Don’t always wait for your opponent to finish punching before you start punching back. Interrupt his combos and hit him ! Too many speedy fighters get caught up in trying to block all the oncoming punches that they never get to counter. Let your hands go !

When starting out, boxers will usually first be taught how to fight at a distance, also known as ‘outfighting’, rather than getting in close where they are more likely to be hit. The skills used here include arm’s-length punches and quick footwork to enable the frapper to deliver a blow before their opponent can respond. It is the best way to tire out and attack an opponent, and lessens their chance of a counterattack.

The following boxing techniques are described for right-handed boxers ( if you are a left-handed or a ‘southpaw’ puncher then use the opposite arm or leg to what is being described ).

The importance of a good stance cannot be stressed enough. A good stance provides balance, and is a key to both attacking and defensive techniques. Boxers should be able to throw a punch without losing their balance. Being off balance allows an opponent to get in with their own blows. tera assume a good boxing stance, you need to do the following :

Stand sideways to the target, so that you lead with the shoulder opposite that of your strong punching hand. A right-handed boxer should point their left shoulder toward the target. Feet should be kept shoulder width apart, then step forward one pace with the left foot and line up the heel of your left foot with the toes of your other foot. Turn both feet at a 45 degree angle to your target. Your weight should be evenly distributed to provide a firm, steady platform. Bend your knees and hips slightly, keeping your back fairly straight and lift your back heel off the floor, no more than about 7. 5cm ( 3in ). Tuck your elbows in close to your sides and raise your forearms so that they shield the chest. Hold the left glove out at shoulder height and keep it far enough out to attack, but close enough to draw back quickly in defense. The right glove should be held underneath the chin with the wrist turned inwards.

The golden rules of boxing footworkGood footwork is important to enable the puncher to defend or attack from a balanced place. The golden rules of boxing footwork are as follows : Keep the weight balanced on both feet. Keep your feet apart as you move to maintain good balance. Move around the ring using short sliding steps on the balls of your feet. Never let your feet cross. Always move the foot closest to the direction in which you want to move first.

The key to good footwork is speed, and this can be enhanced by improving fitness, with particular attention to the legs. One good activity for improving fitness, used by many boxers, is skipping. PunchingThere are four main punches in boxing : Jab — a sudden punch. Cross — a straight punch. Hook — a short side punch. Uppercut — a bermuda swinging upward punch.

The Jab ( Left Jab ) This is the simplest but most-used punch in boxing, and likely to be the first punch any beginner would learn. The jab can be used both for attack or defense, and is useful to keep the opponent at bay to set up bigger blows. Hold your left hand up high with your elbow in close to your body. Aim for the opponent’s chin with the back knuckles. Rotate the arm so that the punch lands with the thumb making a small clockwise turn inwards. Slide the left foot forward before effet and snap the hand back ready to deliver another jab. The chin should be dropped to the shoulder to protect it, and the right hand held high ready to block any counter punches.

The CrossA ‘straight right’This is the most powerful and damaging punch, but it may leave the vous défouler sur open to a counterattack if it fails to connect. It is best used in a combination of punches, usually after the opponent’s defense has opened up after being hit with a good left jab. Drive off the back foot and pivot the hips and shoulders into the punch for maximum power. Straighten the right arm so that it is at full stretch on effet. Keep the left hand in a guarding position to avoid a counter.

A ‘straight left’This is a good way of keeping an opponent on the back foot. From the basic stance simply straighten your left arm and twist your hips and shoulders into the punch. The first will automatically twist so the knuckles are up and the palm downwards just before effet. If there is room, slide the left foot forward for the blow, but quickly bring up the right foot to maintain balance.

HookThe hook comes from the side so can catch the opponent unaware as it initially comes from out of their vision. The hook requires the boxer to arch and turn their body into a punch. It can be made with either the left or right arm. A right hookBring the chin down to the inside of the left shoulder to protect it. Pivot the toes, hips and hand in the direction of the punch. Turn your hand over so that at the point of effet, the palm faces down.

UppercutThe uppercut can be a great knockout punch and is delivered at close quarters. It comes up from underneath, has an element of surprise, and is usually aimed at the jaw with either hand. One drawback is that if it doesn’t take the opponent out, there is a big chance they will be able to deliver a counterattack. tera make a right uppercut, transfer the weight onto the right foot and twist the shoulders and hips to the left, bringing the right first directly up into the target. Leaning back too much will send the boxer off balance.

conclusion to boxing techniquesWhile a right-handed frapper will obviously favour their right hand as it will be their strongest, they should be prepared to work with both hands. In any case, the jab — the most frequently used in a bout — for a right hander will be with the left hand, while he prepares to get through with a big right handed shot. Here we have focused on just a few of the basic punches from the point of view of a right hander, but the vous défouler sur must remember that a left hook or left uppercut, for example, can be just as effective given practice. In some circumstances, it may even be a good tactic for the boxer to change stance and fight as if he were a left-handed frapper.


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