One of the most important things a coach can do is gain and keep the trust of their boxer. It’s also important for a coach to validate the authenticity of what a boxer experiences. Inside the ring and outside of the ring are two different experiences. Both perceptions are very real, but ultimately in the end, it is the boxer, their experience and their safety that matters most. They are the ones trading punches.
I have my viewpoint as a coach which is valid, but if the boxer doesn’t feel the same way, my viewpoint means nothing…..it is what they experience that matters the most.
There is a fine line to pushing a boxer to new places and their safety being compromised. I am learning this lesson in leaps and bounds. One of my boxers experienced an injury as a result of a hard sparring experience and didn’t feel like they could tell me about it. That part bugs me the most. That my boxer didn’t feel like they could tell me.
My viewpoint has accuracy, but again it doesn’t really matter if the boxer has a different experience. As a coach, one needs to be able to keep their own viewpoint from overriding the experience of those in the ropes. I’ve a lot of growing to do in this department.