Originally Posted by Timothy Horton
I use them for a number of different things but like cuauhtomec (i spelled right!!) said, mainly to simulate sparring and to incorporate simultaneous repetition and movement, constantly circling.
Still spelled it wrong....hahaha
When I trained in Mexico City and learned to box there, we never used them. I tell people that and they don't believe me but a lot of the old school trainers never did.
Most learning was done in sparring to be honest and just having the coach stand in front of you just teaching you boxing. I don't see that much anymore today to be honest. It's no surprise though, since to become a boxing coach you don't need to have any boxing experience, don't need to go to some training or school.
Many fighters start being trained by their fathers. Like I said, I like simulating sparring, we spar the way we use the mitts and we fight the way we spar. A lot of other drills look nice but I can't really say how much they actually teach a young fighter to actually fight.