Boxing is a sport that polarizes people. You either love it, or you hate it.
Nothing in between. Ever.
Regardless of how you feel about the “sweet science,” there is one lesson that you need to be taking from the sport.
It’s a relatively recent phenomenon in the sport’s history, but by adopting this simple mindset, you’ll be ready for anything.
The ring walk.
Think about it.
Everything during these Pandemic infused days is a challenge.
Buying groceries — challenge.
Exercising — challenge.
Personal relationships — challenge.
Just meeting a friend for a coffee right now is an exercise in military planning and precision that would make superspy’s Jack Ryan or Jason Bourne sweat with anxiety.
The ring walk is designed to do two things.
One, bolster a fighter’s confidence before entering the ring.
Two, intimidate the other boxer into thinking they picked the wrong person to have a fight with.
Now for the rest of the world, that would be those of us who don’t like getting punched in the face, myself included, the ring walk can be dismissed as just another stupid thing that the sport of boxing does.
But, hold on.
Ring walks are a deeply personal reflection of that individual boxer.
It’s showing to the world — here is a piece of music that inspires me and gives me a boost of courage to do battle.
Over the many years of watching fights, I’ve seen boxers come into the ring to every genre of music-from Neil Diamond’s iconic and kind of schmaltzy, “Sweet Caroline” to hardcore urban rap. If it’s been recorded, it’s probably been used. Even the greatest, Muhammad Ali, walked into the ring with the Star Wars theme when he fought Ernie Shavers.
Here’s the thing, though. You don’t need to take up boxing or put yourself in harm’s way to adopt this simple but effective psychological trick.