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By Alex Prodromou: Boxing is said to be 99% mental. They are right as mentality plays a big part in the sport. Part of punch resistance is mentality. People say its genetics but it’s not; look at Vitali and Wladamir Klitschko. One has an iron chin and one is very chinny.

It was also said by many of boxing commentator’s that boxers box like their personality. You might not agree with this but it’s true. A prime example is look at the Klitschko’s again; they are both polite men but one thinks about what he say’s more than the other. That is Wladamir and his style in the ring is more thoughtful and patient than Vitali’s. Also look at Floyd Mayweather when he does serious interviews and is not bragging at the camera. He pauses mid sentence; he thinks what he is saying and this shows off in his ring ability’s as he is also the main thinking man in the ring. Next, look at Ricky Hatton or Manny Pacquiao. They both are talkers and like to make jokes in interviews. They say what first comes into their head. This is shown in the ring and comes off in their fights.

I could be here all day but next look at Amir Khan. In interviews he talk’s like there is no tomorrow. This shows he might be a nice person but he fights in the ring like he talks; he just gets carried away. This is where Khan has got to change his personality because his personality is rubbing off on his boxing mentality. This is what is natural to him and he is going to do what’s natural in the ring. This is his mindset and this is what Virgil Hunter has got to change. He has got to discipline him by making him think more about what he says at certain occasions. He needs to undergo some media training. When you change this he will he will be a calmer fighter in the ring.

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