Coach Adam Hope has studied the Sweet Science for most of his life. Taking up Boxing at the tender age of 12, Adam has investigated the many different styles and shares his knowledge on 3 examples. Covering everything from the characteristics of the style in focus, to the positive and negatives of putting it in motion, Adam also provides the perfect Boxer to study for whichever styles tickles your fancy.
The first style Adam discusses is Olympic Boxing. Given there are typically two roads a boxer can take in their career, olympic/amateur or professional, The olympic style is covered first as it often leads to a stint on the professional for many boxer’s. The olympic style of boxing is largely based around outscoring your opponent. Being able to successfully hit your opponent without getting hit in return is imperative in olympic boxing as it showcases your skills. A very valuable point to discuss for the reason that olympic boxing is approached this way is also due to the fact that the boxer will need to get through many bouts in order to achieve the sought after prize. Therefore, taking less damage in each of the bouts is of the highest importance for the competitor.
Typically, a professional boxer will have produced a successful amateur boxing career prior to moving into the realms of professional boxing. Often, it is only when the amateur boxer has achieved all that the amateur has to offer, that the career of professional boxing is considered. A professional bout will usually offer a large monetary prize for the victor. With a position of massive financial gain on the line, professional boxing encourages the far more risky style of competitor. The pressure fighter who attempts to overwhelm their opponent in a manner that makes the ring feel like the smallest place in the world, and the counter fighter who encourages their opponent to risk it all with a planned method to capitalise already in motion.
As well as addressing the benefits and the pitfalls, Adam also provides some notable competitors to study for each style discussed. If you are somewhat of a boxing fan, they are likely to be names that you will be familiar with. Its interesting to dive deeper in to the style of the fighter and exactly what it is that makes them successful. Adam’s knowledge of boxing styles is incredible to listen to and is bound to give a clear reason for the hype around the sport boxing and why it is called the sweet science!