Padwork combinations are an important part of preparation for any fighter and recently we got to see how they are done best.
When you think padwork combinations many think of the famous Floyd Mayweather and his uncle Roger working their bloodline-drilled, unique mitt work.
But it’s not the only way to do things. Not by a long shot.
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I asked renowned US boxing coach Pat Barry about what his belief is on why padwork combinations form an important part of a boxer’s training regime – to which he replied:
“They help with form and technique of the fundamental punches of boxing. They also work on the quick twitch neon brain waves to help a fighter respond instantaneously.”
When a fighter and a coach have a connection with working with one another in sync – often times this helps padwork combinations in the almost unspoken rhythm that ensues in work between teacher and pupil.
In many ways padwork simulates the punches that will be thrown in sparring, which ultimately will be thrown and (hopefully) landed in a real fight.
When taught by a real coach of experience and knowledge like a Pat Barry below, they can translate very well when a fighter looks to implement them in a real bout when punches are actually flying back at him or her.
Recently at Barry’s Boxing Gym just off the Las Vegas strip, we had a chance to observe first hand just how good padwork combinations can be when they are done with the highest amount of skill and concentration.
Jose Montoya (130lbs) can be seen here working with coach Pat Barry on a variety of shots and moves in perhaps some of the best padwork you’ll come across in boxing:
The work to the body in particular looked spot on, as did the rest of the routine.
We’ll keep you posted on Facebook of Montoya’s utilization of the above technique in his next bout.