I doubt this thread will be to most peoples tastes, but i find it interesting.
What great developments has boxing had apart from the physical performance aspect of training and diet?
I was thinking the other day about compression suits, the kind used by some sprinters and most swimmers these days. They arent just designed to reduce wind resistance when running or drag when swimming in the pool. They have been shown to increase endurance and prolong an athletes ability to perfrom explosive power movements. Why havent these been incorporated in boxing? I would have thought that having more endurance in your legs keeping you mobile for longer in a fight would be an advantage, especially if it improves your ability to perform explosive movement for longer (ie: jumping in and out of range quickly for attacks and defence). I cant recall there being anything in the rules saying that compression leggings being illegal, and as they would just cover your legs they wouldnt offer any impact protection, so why arent fighters using them. There is a range of scientific evidence supporting there benefits.
Is boxing getting left behind?