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Fitness Technique

James DeGale explains the five techniques you need to win the Olympic Games

James DeGale, the first British Olympic champion to win a pro world title, reveals the skills you need to win gold
  1. JAB, STEP BACK, CROSS

Why: The way the points are scored in the amateurs, you need good feet. You need to get in and out, so this is a perfect move. The way you move out of range then suddenly step back in with a fast shot gives you the element of surprise. Moving in and out makes it harder for the opponent to land his shots too.

How: I throw the jab, I’m always on the balls of my feet, chin down. You lean back a little bit with your upper-body. You step back with the back foot first, then the front foot, so you increase the distance between you. Then walk them on to the left hand as they come forward.

In practice – Final v Emilio Correa (Cuba) 16-14

For the first round I was boxing lovely; I was five points up. Once again making him miss and making him pay, particularly with the back hand. There was a lot of holding as the fight progressed and got messier but my back hand and my long shots in general won me it.

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