While wrestling and boxing are vastly different, wrestling is still potentially a good base sport for boxing. Both disciplines involve being instinctively aware of an opponent’s intentions, and fighting, in general, develops those instincts.
Training as a wrestler creates an athlete who’s as tough as nails, which is an essential quality to have as a boxer. Also, a wrestler is trained to keep an opponent right where he or she wants them. Like wrestlers, boxers strive to both predict and influence the actions of an opponent.
The truth is, wrestling and boxing have more in common than you might think. First off, each of these sports requires extreme dedication and hard work both in and out of the ring. Both kinds of athletes must push their bodies to the limit as they intensely train and compete. Diet is also a key factor because, just like boxers, wrestlers must weigh in before a competition.
Whether you’re a fan of or an active participant in a combat sport, you must be able to defend yourself in a street fight. In real life, you’re likely to encounter an opponent you can’t take down, and striking is an invaluable line of defense you need to have in your fighting tool belt.
Training in grappling as well as boxing creates a balanced fighter, which is why wrestlers often consider going into at least one striking sport. A boxing skill that extreme fighters use that compliments their wrestling skills is the ability to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground during a strike.
Another benefit to cross-training as a boxer is the fact that many wrestling fans also enjoy watching the fights. The typical wrestling enthusiast would love nothing more than to see their favorite wrestler compete in a boxing match, upgrading their perception of the wrestler from a mere wrestler to an all-around fighter.
Sport wrestling and pro wrestling both involve knowing how to take a fall. Train a tough-as-nails wrestler to box, and he might just destroy his opponent. Wrestlers are used to hitting the mat again and again, and that resilience translates well to the boxing ring.
Pro wrestling sensation, Dylan Bostic, is making the surprising yet practical transition to boxing. Anyone who’s seen Bostic knows he’s not the typical pro wrestler. Weighing in at just 205, this guy is fit and ripped.
Bostic has been wrestling since age 15. Initially trained by Dan Garza, Bostic went on to be trained by the legendary wrestling coach, Rip Rogers. Bostic’s professional wrestling debut was in 2007, and he has won several championships throughout the United States and Canada. Bostic is training as a boxer under Cedric “Ced” Johnson at CBA Promotions in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bostic is also an actor who recently starred in his first movie, “Pursuit of Freedom.”
Not only is Dylan Bostic a legendary wrestler and actor, but he’s preparing to show the world he can throw hands. Aspiring athletes can learn a lot from Bostic’s versatility and dedication. He offers sound advice for those training in either sport:
“In pro wrestling and boxing, hard work always pays. The work you put in will always be the results you get. You have to always be working because your competition will be doing the same thing!”
Bostic has done just that, and it shows. We’re excited to see what Dylan Bostic does in the next chapter as he takes on the sport of boxing.
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