Filipino pugilists spin a theory on resistance

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Filipino boxers believe they can spin their way to a win in the ring at the Asian Games. The squad claims to have adopted a novel technique that builds resistan

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Filipino boxers believe they can spin their way to a win in the ring at the Asian Games. The squad claims to have adopted a novel technique that builds resistance to the flurry of punches they face in each bout. It involves a fighter planting his index finger onto the canvas and then running around it as fast as possible. This little-known trick is one of boxing's coping mechanisms, designed to counter the centrifugal forces of disorientation and help avoid becoming punch-drunk. "You do that to avoid getting groggy when you get hit," Filipino coach Gregorio Caliwan said. Filipino middleweight Maraon Goles claims he can run around his finger for about a minute before he gets totally disoriented. He also said he is better at it than any of his seven teammates. "I have never been knocked down," said 21 year-old Goles who was turned on to the sport by his uncle and elder brother seven years ago. But Goles does admit that he got groggy once. The boxing tournament gets underway from Wednesday. (PTI)

Topics : Boxing
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