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One can easily hold up two hands and throw a punch. But it takes mental aptitude, skills, and superb conditioning among others to become an elite boxer. Training is an essential part of the sport. A fundamental cornerstone that helps an individual evolve from a raw puncher to a more refined prizefighter. And in training, like any other human activities, derives its success from good ol’ communication between trainer and fighter – that complex yet simple process of conveying of boxing knowledge and wisdom from teacher to pupil.

Bobby Mayne & Freddie Roach

They say that good communication is the key to success. And that is what boxing trainer Bobby Mayne has achieved with his boxing manual The Art of Boxing: Your Guide to The Sweet Science.

Mayne, a former member of the Australian Regular Army, started his boxing career at the age of 14. At first, he learned the sport as a form of self defense, he soon joined boxing competitions and even won the Junior Golden Gloves back in 1983. A very sought-after boxing coach in Pacific-Asian region, Mayne wrote a boxing manual that not only simplifies the intricacies of boxing training, but also made a manual that is so easy to understand.

The content of The Art of Boxing: Your Guide to The Sweet Science completely covers the basic foundation courses as well as advanced training methods that will definitely help boxing novices of today become the future of boxing. From offense to defense, Mayne provided an excellent work that will surely help trainers, fighters, and even individuals who want to learn boxing from a non-fighting point of view.

Book cover of The Art of Boxing

Multi-awarded trainer and colleague Freddie Roach describes Mayne’s manual as “a valuable teaching aid for boxers from novices to top level professionals because it covers the fundamentals of the sport, how to apply these skills correctly in sparring and competition, and to implement a training program that includes fitness and conditioning.”

Former light middleweight champion Yuri Foreman says Mayne’s The Art of Boxing is something that is “easy to read and understand.”

But perhaps the best critique of it all comes from Jeff Mayweather, a former world champion and an accomplished trainer and currently known as the uncle of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. For Mayweather, Mayne’s book comes with “precise instructions are precise, and to the point and written in the simplest of terms.”

As mentioned earlier, communication is an essential process of training and The Art of Boxing has more than excelled in that area. Easy to read and to understand, what is all left is how the reader will employ to the most possible extent all the teaching that are scribbled in the manual’s pages.

For the author of this article, it is also imperative that I know the sport I am writing about and reading Mayne’s The Art of Boxing has provided this writer not only valuable information, but tons of insights that helped this writer understand boxing more and become a better scribe in the foreseeable future.

For more information on Bobby Mayne, go to Mayne Defence.

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.