We see so many different clips of boxers using jump rope and speed bags to get better at their chosen sport. You have viewed all of the big montages in various boxing movies. We see actors that look totally jacked sparring and doing everything that a real life boxer would be doing to train for a big fight, with the exception of one glaring omission. Have you noticed that we really don’t see any weight lifting being performed in these montages? When talking about boxing, the Rocky movies will have to come up. I remember some light lifting happening in that series, although it was mostly the evil Russian Ivan Drago. I am not the world’s foremost boxing historian but I do remember seeing some boxers who would swear by the importance of strength training. Namely, Mike Tyson, one of the sport’s most notorious figures and a powerful puncher, he would lift weights to help him attain such power. I do think that a big part of success in boxing will come down to genetics. However, that doesn’t mean that certain attributes can not be trained and worked on, until they hit their full potential. A boxer might think that, as long as they are doing some kind of weight training, that they will be a power puncher in no time. While it is great to implement weights into any type of training program, how you lift is just as important.
Any aspiring or professional boxer will need to make sure that they are lifting for strength, not size. Sure, it would look great if you were walking out to the ring. A massive figure with a hulk like physique could make any opponent potentially quiver in their boots. If you want to last more than one round, the weightlifting that you do will need to contain weight that is heavy, at low repetitions. While not being the best for looks, this kind of training will create more strength, putting much more force behind any kind of swing.
To illustrate this point, watch a boxing match that consists of two different body types. The first thing that comes to my mind is one of the Ali vs Frasier fights. Ali was made up from a skinner build, with very good definition, while Frasier had far more mass than his opponent. As historians know, Ali was able to beat his opponent (in one contest, at least), even though his was much smaller. I don’t think that every boxer needs to lift weights, seven times a week, but weight training should still be an essential piece of their training schedule. As long as you training to increase your strength, performing lifts are not going to make you worse at a sport, on the contrary, more punching power is something that every boxer should want to have.
The importance of cardio, in any sport, including boxing is extremely important. When talking about this sport, there are different weight classes. Depending upon which weight class a fighter is in, will determine the times that they need to lift some weights. In most cases, the heavier weight classes, like heavyweight, will require more lifting to ensure that their strength matches up with their natural size. When talking about the lower classes, you will see fighters that have less mass but are more toned up. This amazing tone is the results of much cardio being done.