PAD WORK-STILL SO MANY COACHES ARE DOING THIS INCORRECT.
This is a little bit of a pet hate of mine. In all of my years in boxing, I have never, ever seen a boxer purposely smash his or her face into the incoming fist of the opponent. Why would they? Unless that individual was so stupid that they should not be allowed to leave the house unaccompanied, let alone clamber up the steps into a boxing ring, I can think of no reason why a fighter would do such a thing.
So, on the pads I would not want to recreate that type of ultra-reckless opponent because (maybe unfortunately) the boxers that I work with will never meet one. So, I have this one simple rule. I hold a firm target, firm enough that the boxer feels the impact of the punch. They will generate all of the true speed and power of the punch, I will simply make sure that a firm pad is there to receive it.
Boxing is all to do with range, by swinging your pad forward to meet the boxers punch shortens the boxers length in delivery thus he his not learning about correct range both with punching and footwork-plus you are doing massive damage to the boxers hands and wrists.
Boxing must be coached fundamentally and technically correct.
STOP DOING THE MAYWEATHER SHOWBOATING PAD WORK - IT WAS CREATED PURLY FOR MEDIA ATTENTION !
If you know of any compelling reason why I should swing the pads forward, be sure to let me know in the comments section below.
Mark Myers MM BOXING EXPERT
Coach Pad/footwork & Ringcraft specialist 🇬🇧
RANT OVER .............
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