The Psychology of Winning: 5 Common traits of success in the ring.

I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfilment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious. – Vince Lombardi

Is there a better feeling than winning? Days, months, years of physical training; countless hours upon hours of visualisation and mental preparation and then you go out and perform exactly how you’d pictured it. Some people will teach their children that winning isn’t everything and it’s the taking part that counts…those parents are losers and are raising loser kids.

Competition is innate to who we are as human beings, simply being born is victory in the greatest competition known to man. Winning is what it’s all about; it’s why they keep score and give out awards at the end. Winning is great but winning in the “right way”, and winning more than once…that’s the holy grail. So what does it take to be a consistent winner, what do the best have in common? and what can we learn to make ourselves better? Here’s 5 common traits of the greatest winners in fight history

Believe in yourself

I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was. – Muhammad Ali

To paraphrase Floyd Mayweather nobody with aspirations to be recognised as great dedicates their whole life to a sport to turn around and say another man (or woman) is better than you. Just doesn’t work that way. This is a common thread that runs through all great fighters, here’s Sugar Ray Leonard giving his 2 cents…

Unmistakeable…The deep competitive spirit that gives birth to an unwavering unshakeable self belief. Before you can actually do anything you first have to believe you can.

If you don’t have it naturally…FAKE IT!

Be Consistent

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. – Bruce Lee

Did you ever notice how Floyd Mayweather Jr fought the same way against every single opponent? How his training sessions were the same for every fight, the pad routines, the roadwork, everything was rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. To the point where he no longer trained for specific opponents, and just focused on getting himself in the best physical shape possible. After dedicating his whole life to boxing and being in a gym pretty much every day since he was 2 years old, there aren’t any styles he has not seen, attributes he hasn’t come up against, problems he hasn’t had the opportunity to solve. Day after day, year after year until it became second nature. No thought, just sub conscious muscle memory. They say it takes 10,000 hours to truly master anything…how many hours do you have under your belt?

Commit to Excellence

Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. – Vince Lombardi

It’s great if you have the dedication and discipline to do something over and over again, but what’s the point if you’re doing it badly. All you’ve succeeded in doing is training your body to do something perfectly but incorrectly. Discipline and dedication coupled with attention to detail and a perfectionism that doesn’t accept anything but the very highest standards, this is what separates great champions from good fighters. If it’s excellence and greatness you’re after, from today onwards, put everyone in your life on notice (especially including yourself) that you will only accept the effort and results that match those ambitions.

Will it to have it

Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” – Muhammad Ali

It ain’t about how hard you can hit…you already know the rest. The hallmark of consistent winning, is the ability to adjust to the circumstances put in front of you and still come out on top. You may not be at your best, you may be ill, have to overcome a hostile environment, bad luck, corrupt judges or whatever it may be, winning demands you figure all of that out and rise above it. That takes an iron will and laser sharp focus on what really matters. In those high pressure moments, the difference between winning and losing is 1) having the ability to shut the world out and focus on the details you can control, and 2) the cast iron will to win that says I will NOT lose today!

Master your Ego

“MY OPPONENT IS MY TEACHER. MY EGO IS MY ENEMY.”— RENZO GRACIE

Confidence is a necessity but you better keep your ego in check before it ruins you. All fighters tread the fine line of confidence and insecurity and it’s this counterbalance that fuels everything. The belief that you’re unbeatable living side by side with the fear that your opponent is better than you and is training harder than you are. This is normal and healthy. It spurs you on and keeps you training like a beast. When some fighters become successful and receive the fame, fortune and adulation that comes with it they can let their ego get the better of them and lose sight of what got them there in the first place. All of a sudden they believe they know it all, and don’t need to improve. Chris Eubank Jnr hasn’t even won a world title yet and all of a sudden he has decided he doesn’t need a trainer anymore. Utter madness! To the neutral casual fan, Floyd Mayweather Jr was pretty boring inside the ring, but he was absolute box office outside of it. Brash, arrogant, money loving and unapologetic about it too. But he trained every day like he was a broke fighter starting his career. Learn from this. Check your ego at the door and train like there is a broke fighter from around the way who’s coming to take what’s yours…because believe it or not, there is!

 

There are no doubt many more than 5 common traits of success, and if you can think of any others or disagree with the ones mentioned, leave a comment below and tell us what you think

English Reincarnate-Chris Eubank Jr

Trust fund kids are the worst. Can we agree on that? NO? Well read on anyway…we have plenty to disagree about!

Trust fund kids are the worst, they are! No work ethic, a sense of entitlement, and a strong belief that the world owes them something. “I was born into privilege, therefore everything must be handed to me on a silver platter. I am never wrong, and anything that doesn’t go my way is someone else’s fault”

Poorly raised trust fund kids grow up to be Donald Trump…you can make your own conclusions on whether that’s good or bad. Trust fund kids usually go into business, politics, the media etc they don’t usually choose to become professional boxers.

A boxing ring is probably the most unforgiving space on the planet. An area of land that will take every mental shortcoming, every insecurity, and doubt a man has, and will expose it for all the world to see. If you’ve been wrapped in cotton wool your whole life, born with a silver spoon shoved up your arse, and raised to believe you will inherit the earth purely because of the family you were born into, a boxing ring is a very dangerous and potentially life threatening place for you.

Not many people choose a fighters life if they don’t have to. Not many people put their bodies through 6.5 hours a day of physically gruelling training, if they don’t have to. Not many people gleefully jump over the ropes of the ring and revel in the limelight. Chris Eubank Jr isn’t many people. A rare pedigree, and a rare talent that could be on the verge of having a very special career.

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If you’re not familiar with Chris Eubank Jr then here are his credentials…

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You’re probably thinking “Haven’t I seen this somewhere before?” and you’d be correct, Jr is the eldest child of Eubank Sr who happened to be one of the greatest Middleweight and Super Middleweight fighters the UK has ever produced. Well then he would’ve made quite a bit of money from his career so that his son wouldn’t have to follow the same path as him right? Correct, but like I said Jr made a choice many in his position wouldn’t.

The thing is, Jr didn’t have the normal upbringing you would expect from a typical trust fund kid. This expose article reveals all in painstaking detail–>Chris Eubank Jr – Childhood Upbringing. What is evident is that Chris Eubank Jr went to the school of hard knocks, sent away and forced to fight (literally) to survive and essentially become a man. When you understand that, now his career choice doesn’t seem so crazy, and was actually pretty inevitable.

Physically he won the genetic powerball but mentally does he have what it takes? Well…

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He may not have been born a street kid, but he has been raised to think and feel like one.

How good is he and how good does he want to be?

In a day and age where fighters actively swerve the biggest and best fighters in order to earn more money for less risk, its refreshing to hear a top class fighter ACTIVELY seeking the biggest and best sporting challenges available to him. In my opinion this kid is dynamite and today I’d rank him at No.3 in the middleweight division,

  1. Gennady Golovkin
  2. Daniel Jacobs
  3. Chris Eubank Jr

(If Canelo Alvarez still held the WBC belt then Eubank would be No.4)

If I was his promoter I’d be actively pursuing Golovkin but not in such a direct way, simply because I don’t think Jr is ready. His next 2/3 fights should be against the tier of Middleweights just below Golovkin, ironically some guys that Golovkin has already beaten. David Lemieux, Dominic Wade, Billy Joe Saunders etc. This strategy would achieve 2 things, firstly it would give Eubank Jr some time to develop and acclimatise to being at world level, for all his talent and potential, this is something he definitely needs. Secondly it would build up the potential fight with Golovkin into a bigger event. Especially if all the interim fights happened in the United States.  If it was me his fight schedule should be

  1. Billy Joe Saunders
  2. David Lemieux
  3. Daniel Jacobs

GGG and Canelo Alvarez have supposedly agreed a fight for the autumn of 2017. This timeline is perfect. If all went to plan Jr should put himself in position to have the Daniel Jacobs fight on the undercard/co-main event of the Canelo vs Golovkin fight. This would set up an all or nothing fight between the winners; for the right to be knows as the No.1 fighter in the middleweight division.

The competitor inside of Eubank Jr fundamentally disagrees with me about waiting…

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Greatness waits for no man and Eubank Jr is hell bent on chasing it right now. If you haven’t been paying attention to Chris Eubank Jr then I strongly suggest you start, because what’s about to happen next will definitely be worth watching.

Maybe not ALL trust fund kids aren’t the worst…but I think you can agree with me that Chris Eubank Jr is not your average trust fund kid.