Development of a Peek-A-Boo Boxer: Part V

feat-part-v-mike-tyson-shadow-boxing-150px-gifNotes on shadow boxing with examples by Mike Tyson.






1. How NOT to shadow box ; 2. Mirror boxing ; 3. Shadow boxing insde the ring ;



Just quickly go through what can a fighter pick up in this department from Mike Tyson. Notice that we distinguish between shadow boxing in front of a mirror (mirror boxing) and shadow boxing inside the ring, the latter we believe to be actual shadow boxing.

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How NOT to Shadow Box

No f*** around

Kevin Rooney [KR1]:

“Cus had a problem when fighters only approached shadow boxing as a warming-up exercise, which was literally all of ’em! What they do is – they simply go through the motions, f*** around doing f*** all, stab at the air, before moving onto the so-called real workout on the bags.”

Stabbing the air is illustrated by sparring partners of Mike Tyson:

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Everything must lead to the performance in the ring

Since our series are for beginners, you may take the professional opinion by Kevin Rooney lightly. What he means is for serious professional contenders: their training regime and routine should  be filled with purpose and meaning. What team Tyson did may serve as a good example you can try to achieve, but do not stress yourself that as a beginner boxer you are not like that yet. There must be different approaches for a person who is only learning and a person how is preparing to excel in what he already learnt.

Kevin Rooney [KR1]:

“… Do not throw a meaningless punch, without an opponent to fend off or a bag to react to, you have the time and clear thinking to concentrate on the punches you throw. Throwing a lazy jab or a slapping right hand out doesn’t help you in the ring, so do not do it in training.”

We see reoccurring patterns of techniques used by young and prime Mike Tyson when he was shadow boxing, mirror boxing, working on heavy bags and slip bags, doing mitt work, and sparring. These patterns manifest themselves in his fights. Below is an example by Mike Tyson of the two hooks and roll under technique he drills on a heavy bag, mitts and sparring:

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The correct statement would be that all available video footages and text / audio descriptions support that all phases of training regime by Mike Tyson have no wasteful activities which are there “just for the sake of doing it” or because of tradition. In many cases, the development of what should be done from an idea or concept by team Tyson (from mostly Cus D’Amato) can be logically traced in a clear manner from shadow boxing to sparring along with the justification of the general physical conditioning done. There is a strong presence of purpose and logic behind all work. This needs to be explained in an article, not just a section. We will do it in later entries.

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Mirror Boxing

Create a good habit of punching in combinations

Kevin Rooney [KR1]:

“…Think in terms of combination punching – it’s how big, heavy guys like Floyd Patterson and Mike Tyson got their hands moving quick as f*** and their combinations flowing like f*** – without the resistance of a bag or the impact of hitting an opponent to affect your punches, it’s shadowboxing that is the time to concentrate on the importance of throwing more than one shot at a time. Taking this approach will create a good habit of punching in combinations.”

Below is an example of young Mike Tyson practicing flurry of uppercuts | shovel hooks:

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Read more on the technique in Part VIa.


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In the Ring

Kevin Rooney [KR1]:

“… Once you are in the ring, you will be confronted by different opponents who will use different styles and techniques. If you’ve already seen this guy, played these situations out and predicted your reactions as you shadowboxed, that puts you one step and one punch ahead of your opponent.”

Side-to-side movements

He side stepping from on corner to the other, simulating chasing of the opponent, which is frequent in this fights: Mike was occuping the inside of the ring, while the opponent was circling outside:

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Cite in the corner. Side to side movements. Lock the opponent in the corner.

In the corner

At the ropes

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All relevant References on Mike Tyson’s training and fighting, and the Peek-a-boo style by Cus D’Amato in one place.

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