QUOTE (Fitz @ Aug 1 2010, 04:54 PM)
I don't think there is a secret with improving your chin or making it stronger. I don't think you can make someone with a glass jaw have a granite chin or anything, but I feel there are some things that you can improve that make you take a shot better.
I think one is mental/confidence. I think if a fighter worries too much about it, they are probably more suspect to going down because already in their mind they have a mentality that when hit, they will go down. Secondly, I think strengthening your neck will improve as well. You see guys with good chins, when they get hit flush, you still don't see their neck snap back too much. They just take it better. It may have something to do with not being rattled and your head/neck not moving back at a ridiculous speed and rattling the brain as much. Just seem to absorb it better. The other thing is if fighters fight at a more natural weight, they will take a shot better. Cotto doesn't have a granite chin or anything, and even though his stoppages came above 140, I still feel Cotto took shots better at 147 then he did at 140 and I think it was him draining to make weight and not taking shots better.
Once again, I don't think these changes would make Judah into Margarito or something like that, but I think there are some little things that can give you some small improvements.
Good post Fitz..
You can build muscle in your jaw and chin area but that can only do so much(chewing gum or something like that)..Fitz makes a really good point about the neck..The neck IS the shock absorber..You need to build the neck on the sides and front and back..The sides help with hooks while the front and back help with the straight shots..Body builders are suckers for straight punches since they are all side on their necks and not doesn't allow them much motion with their neck..When I used to lift,I had a wide neck,but the muscles weren't built in the front of back..
These 2 things only improve what you have..Fitz is right,it has a lot to do with your mentality..You have to be willing to take a shot and tell yourself,"I'm not going down for anyone"..Your brain controls everything and you can manipulate it..You'd surprise yourself what you're capable of doing through doing just that(manipulating your brain)..