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29 August 1983
Cathedral City, California, USA
Light Welterweight (140lbs) -Welterweight (147lbs)
5’ 6” / 168 cm
69″ / 175 cm
• Junior Golden Gloves Champion
• Two Time Amateur National Champion
• 2005-2006 WBC Youth World Welterweight Title
• 2006-2007 WBC Youth World Light Welterweight Title
• Three Time World Champion in Two Weight Divisions
• Mental Toughness
• Smart Pressure Fighter
Timothy Bradley elevated himself to the top of the Light Welterweight division by having the mental toughness that pushed him through the toughest fights.
Bradley can box or brawl and would often opt to combine both to apply pressure in an intelligent way. For this reason, many of his opponents cannot handle the rough and gruelling experience that Bradley turns a fight into.
At the age of 10, Timothy Bradley began his boxing journey by competing in 140 amateur bouts, in which he accomplished a number of championship titles. In his professional career, Bradley picked up a world title by beating England’s Junior Witter on his home turf.
Since then, he defended his title several times and unified the belts by defeating Kendall Holt and Devon Alexander. Bradley’s successful run gave him credit of being the best in the 140lbs decision.
But his most high profile and toughest win was against all-time great Manny Pacquiao, in which he won by controversial decision. Bradley stood up to Pacquiao’s power punches and pressure by being in superb condition, as always.
• Body cleansing is important for Bradley, so before any serious training, he
fasts for 5 days to dipose of all the toxins.
• During training camp, Bradley adopts a strict vegan diet after being advised to do so in 2008. This has resulted in giving him more energy and endurance. Due to his diet, he said “My
thoughts are clear, crisp. Everything is working perfectly -Ifeel clean.”
• The emphasis on strength is high, as highlighted by Bradley’s body structure. Exercises such as pushing huge tractor tyres and general weight lifting.
• Push ups by using his chin (opening and closing the mouth) strengthens his neck and jaw, which enhances the ability to absorb a punch.
Bradley’s father embedded the importance of a hard work ethic, dedication and the ‘never give up’ mentality in Bradley’s mind from such a young age. It’s now the very essence in which he lives his life by, in and out of the ring.
2 July 1977
Super Middleweight (168lbs)
6’ 1” / 185 cm
74½″ / 189 cm
• 2001 World Amateur Boxing Championships Bronze Medallist
• Three Time World Champion at Super Middleweight
• Iron Chin
• Heavy Handed
One of the toughest guys in boxing is Carl Froch. He has fought the best fighters in his division consecutively and has come out victorious more often than not. Froch has a leaky defense and has absorbed big punches from power punchers, often without even batting an eyelid.
Although Froch doesn’t have one punch knockout power, he has very heavy hands that will hurt when connected, which makes his opponents respect him even more.
Carl Froch recent run of opponents in the Super Six Tournament has perhaps been the most impressive resume during recent years in boxing. Not only were his opponents tough, but he also travelled, often to their backyards to face them.
Many people forget that before the tournament, Froch has faced very tough competition coming up through the ranks also. This is what made him such a gritty, determined and experienced fighter. Froch is trained by Robert McCracken, and they’ve formed a strong bond since Froch’s amateur days.
• Froch has a high work-rate, which can be attributed to his runs. It consists of 4-5 runs per week, the longest being between 6-7 miles, at a very intense pace of 6 minutes per mile.
• In terms of his punching power, Froch acknowledges the fact that you can only improve it to a certain extent. However, he credits his power partly to his wide back, which he attained from doing many pull ups.
• Push ups is a form of exercise that Froch recommends. He has really honed this exercise to the highest level, with his ability to do between 200-250 push ups in 2 and a half minutes.
There’s really more than meets the eye with Carl Froch. When you watch him fight, his style and technical ability is crude, but underrated and more importantly, underneath it all is a man that’s willing to go through hell to beat his opponent.
Through sheer determination and a high work rate combined with his physical strength, Froch manages to outfight his opponents to victory in most cases.
15 January 1965
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
The Executioner & B-Hop
Middleweight (160lbs) Light Heavyweight (175lbs)
6’ 1” / 185 cm
75″ / 191 cm
• Former Undisputed World Middleweight Champion
• First Fighter to Retain All World Titles of Each Major Boxing Sanctioning Body in the Same Fight
• Defended a World Middleweight Title a Record 20 Times
• Oldest Boxer to Ever Win a World Title at Age 46
• Ring Intelligence
• Defensive Skills – Philly Shell
Bernard Hopkins is one of the greatest fighters of all time. His longevity in boxing is highly credited to his healthy lifestyle, superb ring intelligence and defensive capabilities. This has allowed him to beat many young fighters in their prime while Hopkins himself was past the normalities of boxing age.
Having been the underdog many times throughout his long career, especially during the later stages, Bernard Hopkins feeds off other people’s doubts and criticism. The haters only drive Hopkins to achieve the impossible.
His most notable fights are ones where he’s faced much younger opposition in their primes, where he was thought to have been too old. These include a TKO win over Felix Trinidad at age 36, UD wins over Antonio Tarver and Kelly Pavlik at ages 41 and 43, and a UD win over Jean Pascal at age 46 where he became the oldest boxer to ever win a world title.
These achievements are because of a healthy lifestyle and great preparation before a fight.
• In the latter parts of his career, Hopkins has focused on his hand to eye coordination and reflexes by taking a tennis ball or a jack ball and swinging it around, then trying to catch it as quick as possible.
• A strict diet is essential for a healthy body, therefore, Hopkins eats no red meat, but chooses to eat poultry instead such as chicken and fish, and also quality grains, nuts and fruit.
• Hopkins makes a habit of using hand grips that he constantly squeezes in order to build up muscles in the hands and forearms.
There’s a lot to learn from Bernard Hopkins, in and out of the ring. He’s the epitome of how far discipline and dedication can take you. He learned his trade in prison, grasping the fundamentals of boxing that most boxers lack today, which has allowed really allowed him to take advantage of his opponents weaknesses.
Having been sentenced to 18 years in prison for nine felonies when he was 17, is a stark contrast to being in the limited group of elite fighters in the boxing world.
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