Boxing is a sport that is special as it is the best test for your discipline. When you get to the ring, there is nothing else there apart from your opponent and your skills. Here are several things that IBF super middleweight world champion Carl Froch shares with those who would like to become a professional boxer one day.

#1 If you become a boxer you should also become a semi-professional runner as it is one of the most important parts of the training. Froch writes in his book that he runs five times a week and does six miles in 40 mins as well as 80-metre sprints. Such load may seem tiresome but such exercises will pay off on the ring.

#2 Prepare to get a granite chin so that no one would put you down with one punch. One has to be tough to handle punches into their jaws, otherwise not any training will help. Those who can fell down from one hit into their chin get into the category of fighters with a “glass jaw”.

#3 Your hands have to be properly strapped if you hit as a professional boxer. Froch wrote that it takes around 45 mins to properly strap his hand and even longer if no one is around to help.

#4 Keep your weight in mind. Weight is one of the most important things in boxing as the weight category to which you fit in depends on that. Froch tries to go below 13 and he always has to keep that in mind and lose some weight before the fight. 

#5 Be responsible for your body and health as boxing is your job. Once you turn pro – boxing becomes your occupation. It pays off the bills and supports your loved once. Therefore, you should think before you try drunk driving or anything that can cause damage to your body.

#6 Develop emotional strength. Never let insults bother you or fuel your anger. In everyday life, if you punch someone – you can end up in prison for overusing your skills. If you let emotions fill in your body on the ring when your opponent tries to make you mad with comments, that may lead to a loss. One makes the best performance when having a cold and clear mind. Discipline yourself!

#7 Think about what are you going to do after retirement. Rarely people keep boxing in their late 30s and make their living with boxing after that age.