The Boxing Coaches’ Podcast

#29 - Boxing Superstition(ism) With Guest David White.

An episode of The Boxing Coaches’ Podcast

By Adam Haniver
Understanding how we learn is surely the most important tool in any coaches skill set. The boxing coaches’ podcast discusses learning within a boxing context and shares the application of theory. Getting better starts with us, the coaches.....
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Understanding how we learn is surely the most important tool in any coaches skill set. The boxing coaches’ podcast discusses learning within a boxing context and shares the application of theory. Getting better starts with us, the coaches.....

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#32 - Driving Values to Drive Performance with Guest Dr. Kathy Adcock
Dr Kathy Adcock is the Founder & Director of the award winning social enterprise In Your Corner. She is a Clinical Psychologist, boxer and England Boxing accredited Boxing Coach, and a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. In Your Corner combine non-contact boxing with evidence based ideas from psychological intervention to improve emotional wellbeing in hard to reach young people. Find out more here:, @iycboxing, @drkathyadcock
November 13, 2019
#31 - Sparring and Starring. Gamifying spars.
Great word isn’t it - ‘Starring’. Today I have another car-based journey chat with myself about my experience of the sessions I ran today at DiSE. I wanted to consider how to ‘gamify’ a spar more and see how offering super powers to a boxer would change behaviours. Have a listen and see what we discovered! Remember to share your comments here
November 5, 2019
#30 - Padwork. What are good pads?
Pads have been around a while now In boxing. But what are good pads? What’s bad? How valuable are they? Today I rant slightly about padwork. This one may be fairly contentious, so please comment on your experiences of using pads on the Facebook page.
October 21, 2019
#29 - Boxing Superstition(ism) With Guest David White.
Wow, what an episode! David White eloquently explains the fascinating topic of superstition and the impacts within boxing and sport in general. Here are the links to the initiatives David Mentioned in the episode. Please click and connect! and Twitter = LinkedIn = Book - Superstitionism - The Psychology of Sport
October 9, 2019
#28 - Boxing Warm Ups With Rhauri Kane.
Today we talk to England Talent Coach Rhauri Kane. Warm ups - does tradition put the hand break on development or is there sound science in what we do as a sport on warm ups? Rhauri explains the science and the importance pertaining to performance. You can see lots of warm up examples on Rhauri’s Instagram here As usual, please feel free to share this episode and comment on social media. If you have a moment, a review on iTunes also goes a long way. Thank you!
September 21, 2019
#27 - If You Cruise, You Lose! Why Training Should be Messy.
Episode #27 takes a look at Ric Shuttleworth et al’s model on ‘safe uncertainty’ and how it applies to boxing. Take a look at the Facebook page where his model is posted and a boxing specific one next to it. Are the sessions we organise for our boxers destructive, constructive or somewhere in the middle?!? My model is a collection of thoughts when considering Shuttleworth’s model and so is not even close to accurate, but it may spark a few thoughts and is there to be critiqued. It is an effort at applying his model to boxing. Love to hear your thoughts.
August 13, 2019
#26 - Coaching - Old School West, Meets New School East.
Episode 26 - Old school versus new school coaching! How did Ray Arcel shine across most of the 20th century? What has Anatoly Lomachenko brought to the table in the 21st century? Which school is the best school? Today’s conversation invites full time coach Mark Collings to discuss and compare the approaches of coaches across the eras. You can contact Mark on
July 24, 2019
#25 - Assessing Athletes With 4x Olympian Bo Hanson
Every boxer is different. Episode #25 Talks to 4 time Olympian, Bo Hanson about how we can profile boxers so we can make better decisions when interacting with them. Using the sport adapted DISC model, this episode largely discusses ‘self awareness’ and why this is vital on impacting performance. Visit to discover more about Bo’s work. Or, drop Bo an email on
July 18, 2019
#24 - Resilience. How We Can Always Be Positive and Say, YES!
In Episode #24 we speak to the remarkable Af Panjalazadeh. Af is an ex amateur boxer and has worked in 2 Olympic Games. We speak to Af about how he approaches life and how it can be applied to boxing. When one of the biggest challenges imaginable came clattering in to his life, Af shares how he chose to say ‘yes’. Follow Af on twitter at af_yougotthis and visit his website
June 26, 2019
#23 - Sam ‘Midge’ Noakes - My Journey To Success.....So Far.
From amateur success to a new dawn of professional boxing, Westree’s Sam Noakes and Coach Lee Owen reflects on a great far.
June 17, 2019
#22 - Transformational Coaching
What’s important to you as a coach. Winning? Character? Can both co-exist? Episode #22 talks about transactional versus transformational coaching.
June 6, 2019
#21 - Unlocking Your Boxer’s Potential With Lee Hallworth.
Episode #21 talks Psychology! What’s standing in the way of the boxer’s potential and how can we unlock it. With guest Lee Hallworth.
May 7, 2019
#20 - Strength & Conditioning In Boxing With Guest Elliot Dillon
Episode #20 speaks to the awesome Elliot Dillon about his views on S&C’s place in boxing.
April 26, 2019
#19 - Qualities of an Elite Open Class Boxer.
Episode #19 talks about the qualities of an open elite class boxer including range control and flare!
April 24, 2019
#18 - Boxer/Coach Relationships
A chat with Downend and England Talent Pathway Coach, Craig Turner about the importance relationships between coach and boxer.
March 29, 2019
#17 – Parents In Boxing
It can be great for the boxer, it can be disastrous for the boxer. Episode # 17 talks about strategies for involving and managing parents.
March 21, 2019
#16 - Skills Bouts
Episode #16 talks about skills bouts. Pros and cons - what are your views?
February 14, 2019
#15 - Matchmaking Amateur Boxing Shows
With guest speaker Ben Harmsworth of Guildford City ABC, we talk about the monster which is matchmaking!
January 25, 2019
#14 - Taking a Break from Training.
Having time away from boxing - good? Bad? In episode #14 we discuss this from the boxer’s and coaches’ stand point.
January 5, 2019
#13 - Skipping. The Pros and Cons
This week, I ask 4 coaches from around the country about their opinions on skipping and its place in boxing.
December 21, 2018
#12 🥇Karol Itauma. Youth Olympic U81kg Gold Medalist. 🥇
The Boxing Coaches’ Podcast speaks to One of Karol’s Coaches - Jerome Xavier. Jerome speaks about his experiences as part of the coaching team and what he’s learned in the coaching journey. A great incite in to the collective and collaborative approach to supporting an elite boxer. Enjoy.
December 14, 2018
#11 - Physical Activity as Punishment.
In episode #11 we discuss how physical activity used as punishment can impact on our boxers.
December 3, 2018
#10 - Do We Gamble Too Much as Boxers?
Do we read the cues our opponent gives off or do we gamble and hope? Episode #10 talks about, ‘Perception Action Coupling’ and shares the science behind it with a few related experiences. As always, please comment and share, guys!
November 23, 2018
#9 - The Blame Game. Coach Accountability.
Episode 9 discusses being accountable for our boxers. If they fail do we blame them or do we blame ourselves? How do we take control and be accountable.
November 2, 2018
#8 - Boxing Coaching Chameleons.
In episode #8 we talk about adapting to the boxer’s needs to get the best from their performance.
October 19, 2018
#7 - Praise vs Affirmations
Praise is great, but is too much just empty words which loses impact? Today we talk about affirmations as a means to effectively engage and change behaviour of our boxers.
September 20, 2018
#6 - Yell at the Boxers!
How many decisions do we allow the boxers to make? Does our coaching prepare them to make the right choices? Episode #6 discusses experiences and theory behind it all.
September 12, 2018
#5 - 'Repetition. The Mother of All Learning'.
Surely if we keep practicing our boxing skills over and over again we get better, right? May be so, but can we adapt this approach and speed up the process?
August 27, 2018
#4 - Boxing Metaphors & Proverbs.
Boxing has got to be one of the most assigned sports to cliche, metaphors, proverbs - you name it. Today we talk about a common one, ‘Get in to a rhythm,’
August 13, 2018
#3 - Tell me about a Coach in your Journey.
We all remember a coach who had an impact on us, for better or worse. Why was that? In episode 3 we discuss some of the rapport qualities of a great coach.
August 3, 2018
#2 - Building a Boxing Culture
This week we talk about developing a club culture and the experiences i've had as well as some of the recent research. Hope you enjoy!
July 31, 2018
#1 - Coaching. My 'Why'.
Welcome to episode 1 of The Boxing Coaches' Podcast and my 'Why'.
July 27, 2018
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