You’ve got a big mouth and it’s put you into tight spots on more than a few occasions. Usually, you manage to make it out of the situation with your face in the correct place—but not this time. You’re about to take a fist to the face and there’s almost nothing you can do about it.
Taking a haymaker to the chin is going to hurt, there’s no denying it, but there are a few things you can do to lessen the damage and survive the ordeal. Knowing how to take a punch is often the difference between winning and losing - or even life and death.
Chordale “The Gift” Booker was blessed with the ability to give and take a punch. It could be called a gift, which would explain his boxing nickname.
After finishing up a stellar amateur career, in which he qualified for the 2016 Olympic trials as the top-ranked amateur middleweight in the country, Booker is undefeated as a pro. He’s also the subject of a new documentary short appropriately named The Boxer.
We asked Chordale for some tips on how to take a couple shots to the chin without going down like a sucker.
When In A Fight, Should A Guy Watch His Opponents Eyes Or His Fists?
The hands are hitting are going to hit you, not the eyes. Although I do glance at the eyes to see what they are trying to target. When in a fight, you should mainly watch the hands and the shoulder area. You watch the shoulders because that's when you can tell an opponent is about to strike.
Which Part Of The Face Are They Aiming For?
Boxers, and most professional fighters, are always aiming for the chin. That's the sweet spot. If you land the right shot on the chin you can put anyone down.
Should A Person Turn Away From A Punch Or Tuck Their Head?
When a punch is coming your way you can either roll with the punch or tuck the head. It all depends on the power of the punch. If the guy is big, and it's going to be a heavy shot, you’re better off evading it totally.
How About Putting Your Hands Up In Front Of Your Face?
I would say it's better to duck, because if your opponent misses completely, that's your chance to catch him off guard. In the middle of a punch is when people least expect to get hit.
Is There A Part Of The Face Where A Punch Hurts The Least?
No, there's no place on the face that hurts less.
How Does A Person Know When They've Really Had Their Bell Rung And It's Time To Just Give Up?
For me it's never an option to give up. I have been knocked down before and have gotten up off the canvas to win the fight. I'd rather go out trying than give up.
Chris Illuminati is the creator of Man of Attack. He’s written five books. Follow him on Twitter.