14.03.2017

THE FITTEST SPORT 3: BOXING

It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, the team at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?”

The Fittest Sport

It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” we aren’t referring solely to an athlete’s level of general fitness, but rather their all-round ability, fitness and skill their sport requires.

For example, a marathon runner runs 26 miles per event, but a soccer player averages 7 miles per game – including sprints, constant change of direction, tactical awareness, physically battling opposition players, dribbling and kicking a ball. The comparison of skill set is an unfair contest.

In a five-part series of The Fittest Sport, Pledge Sports will take each individual sport and provide in-depth analysis into what makes particular athletes fitter than the rest.

So far we have analysed the fitness of professional soccer players followed by the fitness of professional tennis players. This week we turn our attention to boxing.

Boxing

Boxing is probably the ultimate test of physical and mental stamina in sport. In addition, the skill of boxers at the highest level is something to be really marvelled at upon closer inspection.

Incredibly quick footwork, the ability to throw accurate, fast and powerful punches for 12 three-minute rounds while also trying to avoid punches from an opponent who is intent on knocking you out.

While constantly moving at speed and exerting energy through punching is draining, any boxer of any level will tell you that taking blow after blow from an opponent doubles the speed at which energy drains from your body.

And we’re not talking about your average person landing punches. These are punches from an elite athlete whose punching power is about ten times that of your average person, according to Scientific American.

Want to read more about what makes boxing"The Fittest Sport"? Read the full article here

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