David Haye Boxing Workout Llanelli
David Haye Boxing Workout
It's hard to be tactical when you're blinded by sweat and breathing like a train but boxers have to be fit enough to fight and think at the same time. David Haye the former World Cruiserweight Champion, who's recently stepped up to the heavyweight division and is set to fight Russian giant Nikolay Valuev on the 7th November, is fit enough to do that. For evidence, check out these highlights of him dismantling veteran heavyweight Monte Barrett.
The British boxer's trademark 'Hayemaker' has finished many of his fights in the early rounds but to win the European cruiserweight title he had to dig deep over 12 gruelling rounds against Belgium's Ismail Abdoul. So how does a fighter prepare to go the distance?
'The first round is the toughest because people rush you and you've got to be mentally switched on,' says Haye. Then it's a question of being fit enough to move better than your opponent and land more quality punches than he does.
'It's not enough just to have strong muscles. Boxing is an explosive sport and a boxer needs to increase the speed of contraction in his muscles to get a powerful punch.'
Rotational core strength is vital when producing punching force because knockouts come from movement as much as muscle, while rock-solid abs also soak up an opponent's body blows and pack an even bigger punch.
On the right, you'll find the workout he uses to get in knockout shape.
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