Free Sample: Erick Ochieng’s transformation from brawler to slick boxer

We introduce you to the middleweight English champion and his coach, Brian Lawrence, the man who helped turn his style around

30 August 2012    |    0 Comments

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To read our full boxing tutorial with Erick Ochieng and coach Brian Lawrence, click here to get yourself a copy of issue 35 of Fighting Fit. To buy this edition via our app, please click here.

Nobody who was at London’s York Hall on 5 April 2009 will ever forget the classic ABA championship slugfest between Dudley O’Shaughnessy and Erick Ochieng. Eventual finalist O’Shaughnessy was drawn into a war by the Haringey BC slugger but scraped home with a narrow points win that even drew ‘nobbins’ (coins thrown into the ring to show appreciation) from a few excitable punters. Three years down the line, Erick Ochieng recalls the fight with a wry smile. The slick boxer-puncher that defeated Nick Quigley for the vacant English middleweight title in January is unrecognisable from the crude brawler who won most of his amateur fights purely due to heart, fitness and above-average power.

Much of the credit for this transformation must go to pro trainer Brian Lawrence.

A graduate of the famous Repton Boys club in Bethnal Green, Lawrence had a brief, unsuccessful pro career before finding a lasting niche outside the ropes as mentor to the likes of Henry Akinwande, James Cook and the technically sublime Ian Napa. “When a kid turns pro you need to make a lot of adjustments because the amateurs tend to be very upright and don’t get proper leverage into their shots. Today, Erick is a totally different fighter than he was as an amateur. Now he punches correctly, has a defence and knows where his range is. In the ABAs he was a ‘hundred miles an hour’.”

Here we show – with their input – how Lawrence turned a rough diamond into the smooth counter-puncher of today, how you can make the same transformation and which definitive moves best exemplify the 2012 incarnation of Erick ‘The Eagle’.

To read our full boxing tutorial with Erick Ochieng and coach Brian Lawrence, click here to get yourself a copy of issue 35 of Fighting Fit. To buy this edition via our app, please click here.

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