This is a book about British amateur and professional boxing training routines. The former IBF World Light-Welterweight champion, Terry Marsh - is featured throughout, with photographs of him going through his various training regimes. The author, David James, is the former British Universities and Welsh ABA Light-Heavyweight Champion, and served as the Senior National Coach to the Amateur Boxing Association. At the time of writing, he is described as the Director of Physical Recreation, at the University of Kent. This book also carries a Foreword by Harry Carpenter (1925-2010), the famous and much liked British boxing commentator for TV and radio.
The hardback (1987) contains 160 numbered pages, and consists of a Foreword and 10 distinct chapters, each dealing with various aspects of boxing training:
Foreword by Harry Carpenter.
1) Making a Start.
2) Boxing Skills.
3) Training for Boxing.
4) Work in the Gymnasium.
5) Work in the Corner.
6) Success in the Ring.
7) The Boxer and his weight.
8) Planning the Training Programme.
9) Gallery of Champions (brief biographies of boxing greats).
10) Finding a Club.
The photographs throughout the book create a comprehensive guide to the basics of boxing training. Some pictures show boxers wearing headguards (amateur), whilst others depict professional training and fighting - without headguards. This books presents a thorough and logical training regime that allows the adherent to acquire a fitness that is appropriate for fighting in the ring. This fitness is as much about building a strong body for self defence, as it is about building a powerful punching technique, and a strong, clever and yet relaxed mind that can move the body around well, and auyomatically 'know' in a split-second, what technique to throw, how to move, or when to duck and weave. A modern boxing classic that is perfect in its simplicity.