Just whom did Joshua shock? – Critical Boxing & Fitness
January 31, 2020 Me. But probably not the majority of mainstream commentators - and certainly not the bookies, who had Anthony Joshua the favorite at 4/9 (-225) to defeat Andy Ruiz Jnr ahead of their rematch on December 7 of last year in Saudi Arabia. . The forecasts this time around were hardly uniform. There […]

January 31, 2020

Me.

But probably not the majority of mainstream commentators - and certainly not the bookies, who had Anthony Joshua the favorite at 4/9 (-225) to defeat Andy Ruiz Jnr ahead of their rematch on December 7 of last year in Saudi Arabia. .

The forecasts this time around were hardly uniform. There had been a change of mind since Ruiz won the first fight at Madison Square Garden, and it was profound. Much of the boxing establishment was now leaning towards the man whom, six months earlier, they had called fat, mushy, baby-faced, banged. Many in the commentary, including many other professional boxers, were convinced that Ruiz would repeat - or at least could - his dominant performance.

The change of opinion was fair and reasonable. While it is axiomatic in boxing that every boxer in every fight has a “puncher's chance,” Ruiz's victory over Joshua was obviously no accident. There was no lucky punch. As I pointed out the day after the first fight, the plan to kill the British giant has been hiding in plain sight for years. Ruiz saw it, studied it and applied it to utter devastating effect. He demolished Joshua because he was the top boxer.

I was not shocked by Ruiz in the first fight. I had planned that someone like him would eliminate Joshua sooner or later. I must admit, however, that I was shocked by Joshua in the second fight. The limitations and vulnerabilities he had shown not only against Ruiz, but also against several previous opponents, made me doubt - and very seriously - whether he had the boxing IQ to reform. Credit is due: Joshua reformed himself, and the rest is history.

So what were mainstream commentators thinking? The most insightful and prescient of all was George Foreman.

Big George's prophecy

A day or two before the Clash on the Dunes, Foreman gave a interview about the rematch against Gareth Davies (the respected boxing journalist for the otherwise deplorable UK telegraph rag) in which he was right, well, everything.

I dare you to tell him he was wrong

Foreman began the interview by reflecting on the only fallen heavyweight champions to do what Joshua set out to do and regain the title in an immediate rematch: Floyd Patterson, Muhammad Ali and Lennox Lewis.

According to Foreman, Patterson's only hope in his rematch against Ingemar Johansson was to catch the Swede with his gazelle hook. But Patterson was a rather limited fighter. Joshua, Foreman observed, had many more options at his disposal due to his size, range and punching power.

Foreman then defined two general strategies for Joshua, modeling them on the divergent approaches taken by Ali and Lewis.

Ali's strategy, which The Greatest implemented perfectly against Leon Spinks in 1978, was to enter the rematch with the intention of jabbing, circling, and making his way to the title on points. Lewis's strategy, which The Lion implemented perfectly against Hasim Rahman in 2001, was to go in an effort to knock out the Usurper completely.

Given the precariousness of the British giant's chin - which Ruiz exposed to the world in 2019, but which was increasingly evident at least since Klitschko's fight in 2017 - it was obvious which of the two strategies would work best for Joshua in Arabia. Arabia. As Foreman said:

"If that was me, I would watch the Ali-Spinks rematch, and call it T. Don't worry about people booing you." Walk him around the ring. Wait for the referee to say pause. Get behind the referee, and repeat, for 12 rounds.

“That's what I would do. Not a lot of movement, just jab, jab, jab. If things get out of hand, control your man and wait for the referee to intervene. Occasionally place the right hand to keep the crowd excited, but don't go deep into the exchanges as Ruiz has already proven he can let it down. . "

This was the strategy Foreman recommended to Joshua. Big George was confident in prophesying that Joshua would actually follow him:

“He's going to go out and box. If there's a knockout, it's when he decides he has three minutes left and this guy can't reach him. I believe he will win this fight in 12 rounds… He can win this fight round after round.

And so Joshua did - to a "T".

Decisive but not convincing

Joshua's victory over Ruiz was decisive. It was just as decisive as Ali's victory over Spinks, if not more.

We might never know the finer details of Joshua's camp. But what is certain is that at one point he and coach Rob McCracken got involved in Ali's strategy. As far as everyone knows, they never explicitly called it that, nor even once thought about Ali-Spinks' revenge. However, ex post facto, we know that they chose Ali's strategy and practiced it in the camp. Foreman seemed to know everything in advance.

By the time the British giant exited the camp, he had made the stylistic and mental adjustments necessary to neutralize the plan to knock him out. He entered the ring with an entirely rational plan and fought an almost entirely disciplined fight in accordance with it. The plan was not conducive to entertaining fans, especially those with only an occasional interest in the sport. But it was beautiful as only sweet science can be.

Joshua's performance was almost identical to Ali's. He pitched, he circled, he threw the occasional right hand, he picked up. And the points were piling up, round after round. There were differences, of course. Joshua was more aggressive than Ali against Spinks and spent less time on the ropes. Joshua was also a superbly trained and conditioned young boxer still in his prime, while Ali was none of that in 1978.

And this is where the problem lies.

Joshua's victory over Ruiz was final. It was just as compelling as Ali's victory over Spinks, if not more.

Ali was a fighter fired in 1978. No one who saw him reclaim the title from the Spinks believed he would continue to defend it. This is not to downplay the greatness of Ali's success. If anything, the fact that Ali was shot makes his loss to Spinks even more remarkable. He was the favorite; yet, looking back, it is evident that the old man had transcended the possible (again). But his performance sent nothing like a disturbing message to top contenders. Ali's era was clearly over. He announced his retirement in June 1979.

Joshua's performance against Ruiz was also devoid of any forebodings of doom for his rivals.

Ali's strategy was enough, and perhaps necessary, for him to win back Ruiz's belts. But by relying on it, Joshua surely didn't send disturbing messages to Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. If Joshua imitated Ali's example inside the ring, Ruiz imitated Spinks' example on the outside. Ali and Joshua pitted, circled and battled their way to victory against men who just couldn't keep up with the fame and fortune that the world heavyweight championship brings. Ali did it for fifteen rounds as an old man; Joshua did this for over twelve years at his peak.

Spinks, by all accounts, totally derailed after his surprise victory, culminating in two weeks of drunkenness just before the rematch. He entered the ring heavier and generally unprepared. Ruiz followed the same path. Already a rather big man, he came in 15 pounds bigger for the rematch, at a whopping 283 pounds. "The party and all that got the better of me," Ruiz admitted at the post-fight press conference. "It was my mistake. I felt too confident. I should have trained harder and listened to my team and my coaches.

As the clock turned down in the final round of the Joshua-Ruiz rematch, one of the UK commentators said his compatriot in the ring had "silenced the skeptics". I was as shocked by this remark as I was by Joshua's performance. For Joshua had not silenced the skeptics; he had only given them something else to focus their doubts on.

Back to denigrating elderly Soviets

So what must Joshua do to silence the skeptics?

At the time of writing, Joshua's next opponent will likely be Kubrat Pulev, the 38-year-old Bulgarian better known for his hard kisses than his powerful punches. If Joshua hits him like he hit Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin, he will have well and truly wiped out the older Soviets from the heavyweight division. It would be a distinction of sorts, and as far as I know Joshua would be the first to achieve it.

This will not silence the skeptics.

Joshua may have the most belts around his stomach, but he's just one of the best heavyweights in the world right now. The others, of course, are Fury and Wilder. These two have faced each other in a classic before, and they should do it again this year. Whatever the outcome of the second fight between Fury and Wilder, it will set up a rubber match for the history books. Joshua has never fought either.

Can there now be any doubt as to what Joshua must do to silence the skeptics?


A quick list of seize basic boxing tips your se reproduire 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 convenable 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 minimum ! Make friends in the gym, be humble, and ask people for boxing tips. When another vous défouler sur 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, short uppercuts, and short rights but long jabs. You don’t always have to throw one knockout punch after another. Combo light and hard 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’ frapper 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 puncher 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 quarante cinq 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 sept. 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 boxer 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 sport, 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 bermuda side punch. Uppercut — a short 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 impact 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 puncher 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 impact. 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 impact. 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 frapper 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 impact, 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. to 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 puncher off balance.

conclusion to boxing techniquesWhile a right-handed boxer 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 boxer 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 frapper to change stance and fight as if he were a left-handed vous défouler sur.

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