Studies that explore beliefs on what boxers think and feel during competition reveal few indicators of aggression, even among unlicensed professional boxers (Jones, 1997). Interview data with boxers indicates that they identify aspects of skill, emotional control and physical fitness and key factors in determining performance (Devonport, 2006; Hall & Lane, 2001; Lane, 2002).

Autobiographical accounts of boxers consider their sport to be a type of physical chess (Hatton, 2007)- a battle that is as much psychological and tactical, as it is physical. Most people accept the notion that boxers need to be mentally tough to compete. While few boxers use sport psychologists, most boxers recognize the importance of psychology to performance.

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