Despite being the most competitive sport of the day, rugby players still have to practice boxing as a supplement to rugby – the most violent sport in the world.
There have been many rugby players claiming that Boxing is one of the most important exercises in the training program. But why does adding boxing to the training program help players compete more effectively?
Rugby is one of the sports with the highest fitness requirements. There have been many players who failed on the pitch because of exhaustion before the game ended.
In the words of USC Trojan midfielder Jack Sears, the program of endurance training by a professional puncher is the most difficult exercise he has ever tried. The reason this exercise is so intense is because boxers will always have to prepare for the worst case, they have to play up to 36 minutes.
While endurance is important, it’s not the only thing that needs to be focused on Boxing. Accuracy of the punch is equally important, a strong punch without hitting the target is a waste of fitness. This is similar to rugby, many players have stated that sprinting is not as important as catching a teammate’s pass.
That is why the players apply Boxing hand-eye exercises to the training program. More specifically, they chose to hit the pad, this is an exercise that does not need much investment cost but great effect.
Move and defense
Boxing is not just a sport where boxers release their punches for 12 rounds, dodging is also an important part of Boxing. World-class top defenders like Mayweather and Tyson Fury both possess good stamina as well as flexible mobility. Footwork exercises that help fighters dodge on the ring can also be applied to players on the pitch. Thanks to the flexible movement, the players with small stature can limit being hit while passing the ball.
Rugby players inherently have high resistance, but compared to Boxing and other martial arts competitions they are still difficult to match. Boxing is a sport that practitioners often get punched in the face, abdomen, liver and sometimes in the lower. So rugby players will try to practice the pain factor from Boxing.
Even Russell Wilson – a famous American football player had to learn boxing from coach Freddie Roach – who trained Manny Pacquaio and a host of other talents.