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Old 06-13-2014, 08:35 PM
 
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They say in boxing some thing you are just naturally talented at, while in others you can only develop that though practice and hardwork. Is that truth or not?


I know that you can develop a harder chin, practice your reflexes, and get in shape. But are some people just naturally good at that through genetics?

I have heard online that either you are born with a good chin or not. Is that true?

I think this are the things as follow

Things that you can develop, but tend to be things that either you were born or you were not born with

Chin
Reflexes
Aggression
Athleticism
Extremely Raw Punching Power
Footwork

Things that come through hard work and practice

Boxing IQ
Timing
Punching Power
Hand speed
Heart
Motivation


How would your list look like?
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Howard County, MD
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I actually think boxing is a little less about innate athleticism compared to many sports, b/c so many of them depend on how or fast you are, and you really can't coach those, and fighting in the ring is so much more complex and takes more technique than brawling out in life, or running, jumping etc.

But I do think the basic toughness/aggression you need is innate, and a lot of it also depends on what sort of life you were born into, ie whether you grew you grew up comfortable financially or in a poor area where you learned to scrap to get by from a young age.
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:48 PM
 
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Chin you can actually develop. "Chin" is actually just a blanket term of a fighter's ability to be able to resist the rotational force created by being punched in the head. There's a lot of actual science behind this:
Biomechanics of the head for Olympic boxer punches to the face -- Walilko et al. 39 (10): 710 -- British Journal of Sports Medicine

It's why guys like Hopkins and Mayweather do so many neck exercises and have very strong necks. Not that either guy gets hit cleanly enough anyway, but when they do get hit, they aren't down and out because of how developed their neck muscles are.
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