'How to Box' - Season 2, Episode 3 - 'Fighting on the ropes'
Getting stuck on the ropes for the first time can be quite a daunting experience. The last thing on your mind when you begin boxing, is to relax into it and stay there and fight. Your natural instinct just tells you to get off the ropes as quickly as possible. But with a bit of time and practice, fighting on the ropes can be a great place to rest, avoid punches and pick your shots.
There is no-one better at doing this, in the boxing world, than the great Floyd Mayweather. He is an absolute master of this technique and is living proof of how to get to the top using defence. Some may well dislike some of his fights, putting them down as boring, but from a fighters perspective, it is fantastic. No one likes being hit and if you can withstant a fight, with as little hits on you as possible, whilst reigning hard blows down on your opponent, to me that is boxing - that is the pinnacle - use your brain to not get hit....but still win.
Everyone enjoys a tear up, but if you can hold your own in the ring against an aggressive, persistent, mega-fit hard hitter and come out with barely a scratch on you - you've made it!
It's also made boxing more interesting, more people are learning and using this way of fighting - and in turn this leads to other people trying to counter-act this way of fighting (this has not been managed in Mayweathers case).
So, watch the quick video we have made, grab a training partner and get on the ropes. Start off nice and light, make sure you use you lead shoulder to cover your chin and also use this shoulder to parry punches. Have a go and bouncing and spinning off the ropes and bouncing and hitting - A important point to remember when using the ropes is not to bounce yourself onto your opponents shots though, this can really hurt....
I hope this video helps and feel free to post any questions you have and I will get back to you as soon as I can.