1/ ‘Keep your hands up’ is the most overrated advice in boxing beyond novice level. Punches are best delivered from shoulder level and good head movement can be more effective than a tight high guard.
2/ Rest days are important. Lazy fighters need a task master but the fitness fanatics require reigning in on occasion. At championship level, it’s all about peaking on the night.
3/ It’s useful to have a few code phrases that your fighter understands, by way of instruction, but the other guy and his trainer might not.
4/ Sparring is not always the be all and end all.
If a 4 round fighter gets cut 6 weeks out then there might be no need to cancel the fight. Let the cut heal, get him fit and do plenty of technical pad work with him.
5/ Terry Lawless was not a great technical trainer in his own right and may not have been quite the affectionate uncle he was successfully portrayed as in the media.
6/ 12 rounds of shadow boxing is a perfectly valid session for a top fighter at certain points in camp. It’s good for conditioning, focus and gives the boxer’s hands and joints a rest from the impact of contact punching drills.