A guide to what to expect from your first boxing match
by Kate Rosindale on Apr 15, 2023
Taking part in your first boxing match is sure to be a challenging and exciting experience.
Leading up to your first fight, you will have trained and prepared, honing your boxing skills, conditioning, and strategy. You may have worked on your punches, footwork, defensive techniques, and overall fitness to be well-prepared for the bout.
Another part of preparation will also need to be making sure you are familiar with any specific rules and regulations set by the governing organisation or event where you are boxing. This could include expectations around the scoring system, duration of rounds, and prohibited actions such as low blows or holding.
Depending on the level and type of boxing match, you may be required to wear certain protective gear. Of course, we are talking about kit such as gloves, a mouthguard, headguard, and groin protection. Make sure you are properly equipped with the required gear and that it fits correctly for maximum safety.
Before your fight, you will more than likely go through a warm-up routine to prepare your body for the physical demands of the bout. You may also have a ring entry, where you will walk into the ring and be introduced to the crowd.
It is normal to feel nervous and have an adrenaline rush in these hours and minutes before the match. You may have butterflies in your stomach, an increased heart rate, and sweaty palms. This is a natural response to the anticipation and excitement of competition, and it can actually be a positive that helps you perform at your best.
Once the fight is underway you will no doubt find it physically demanding. You will be putting into action all the combinations of punches, footwork, and defensive techniques you have been practising in training. Be prepared for the intensity of the bout and the physical challenges it may present as you attempt to outscore or defeat your opponent.
Equally, the mental exertion will be huge; boxing can be an emotionally charged sport. During your first match, you will more than likely experience a range of emotions, including excitement, anxiety, frustration, and determination. Managing this and staying focused on your game plan will be crucial to your performance.
It is common to have a support system in your corner during your first bout, and they will be able to help you manage your emotions. This could be a coach, teammates, friends, or family members who can provide encouragement, guidance, and motivation.
Of course, the outcome of your first boxing match is unknown until it happens. You may win, lose, or it may end in a draw. Regardless of the result, it is important to learn from the experience and use it as an opportunity to improve and grow as a boxer.
You may well feel physically and mentally exhausted once the fight is over. Proper post-match recovery, including rest, rehydration, and nutrition, is important to help your body recover and prepare for future bouts.
Remember, participating in your first fight can be a challenging and rewarding experience. It's important to approach it with preparation and focus, and to always prioritise safety by following the rules and regulations set by the event or organisation.