Mind games in amateur boxing

Wilson Rushton, Kenny Greenough

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This paper investigates how boxers play mind games to affect their opponent's confidence during the three pre-bout periods of weigh-in, warm-up and ring entrance. Perspectives from four senior male amateur boxers at three boxing gyms in the Greater Manchester region were examined using semi-structured interviews; transcribed verbatim and data coded thematically. It was found that amateurs imitated professional boxers, with the more experienced amateurs adopting a broader range of mind games. This indicated that a form of behaviour modelling may evolve with growing experience in the sport.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-126
JournalJournal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies
Issue number1
Early online date31 Dec 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Dec 2016


  • Boxing
  • amateur
  • combat psychology
  • behaviour modelling


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