BN Investigates | Premium | Mar 26 2019

‘This is legal cheating.’ Mental techniques in boxing

Elliot Worsell investigates why a shred of doubt in the mind of a boxer can be catastrophic, and learns how some developed ways to withstand it
Steve Collins knocks down Chris Eubank Action Images

This feature was originally published in Boxing News magazine

“YOU can start taking your deep breaths,” says The Brain to The Boxer. “In and out, gradually, slower and slower. You’re feeling more and more relaxed with each breath. You feel the tension escaping your body. Keep your consciousness on your breathing. This is familiar for you now. You know what it is. You’ll be going down into your subconscious mind very soon. You’re standing at the top of the staircase of a big plush hotel.”

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