One of the reasons I love boxing as much as I do is that it directly relates to my profession.
Being in the military, a lot of the strategy and tactics that are relevant at work are also relevant in the ring.
Once you step in the ring, the following tactical principles apply. They are not applied separately but combined to achieve maximum effect. Base your training and strategy on these principles and you can't go wrong:
Also known as seizing the initiative, you should be aiming to use your opponent’s movements to leverage your own advantage. For instance, you can generate far greater force punching someone moving towards you than you can as they move away.
You must use every weapon in your arsenal to exploit every advantage that presents itself to ensure a successful outcome. That may mean employing deceptive measures, feints, superior conditioning, superior skill, achieving surprise, stealth and ambiguity.
Anything you can do within the rules to gain an advantage and control the fight is in your best interest to do.
Boxers are a determined bunch. Nobody who properly prepares and puts themselves through the intensity of workouts and sparring sessions will get in the ring and give up after they get hit. Thus, one hit is never enough.
If you hit someone, you follow up with more hits. Even if it looks like they are going to fall, you don’t stop until they have actually fallen. If you give up the opportunity to finish an opponent, you give your opponent a second chance to finish you – is that really something you want to do?
Embrace these principles – they apply directly to boxing as they do to any combat situation in the military. They have been proven over and over again in far more dangerous situations than you’ll ever find in a boxing ring.