Back in my day, boxing was much more difficult than it is now or maybe I was just too reckless to practice it properly. Kids who had no place to train or proper equipment had to find a way to do it. Nowadays, nobody would imagine training without the perfect pair of gloves, outside a well-equipped gym. I can tell you, when I first started boxing, I had to improvise my training equipment using anything that I considered to be fitted. Of course, that wasn’t ideal and it didn’t get me far in my career. I actually had to give up a couple of years into it, because I’ve injured my right hand pretty bad during a boxing match. In the end, equipment and a good place to train are two essential components when you want to take up any sport. Back then, people expected me to just do it, no matter what the circumstances. My mom didn’t know what I was doing in my free time or where I was going, because she didn’t see fighting as a good way to make something in life. That was her idea on boxing and I was never able to change it, not even when I got some local prestige.
Boxing is a tough sport, and as such, your body needs to be protected by the harsh treatment to which it can be submitted when you practice it. A good pair of boxing gloves and a great technique are your best allies during a match. I didn’t know that when I went into competition so I had to learn it the hard way. Anyway, I resumed being a coach after a couple of years of professional career and I trained all my students with patience and taught them prudence.
I learnt how to properly use my laptop by taking special classes that included some basics on how to set up a blog. I’ve said to myself, you know, that’s a good idea to write about boxing and to share a bit from my experience as a professional boxer and, later, a trainer. In the end, though times have changed, some defense boxing techniques, the footwork and such, have stayed the same and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the tricks I was using in my youth, are now forgotten. Of course, new training methods have been developed too, so I’ve decided to catch up and readjust my boxing knowledge through this blog, but also let people who are in love with this sport like I am, find out more about it and about why it is so great.