The best training for boxing (or any other martial art) is the live instruction of a qualified trainer. However, not everyone has access to a boxing gym. If you are on your own, you can still start with your boxing skills practicing in a home training space set up on your own. Internet and video resources can help you learn new techniques while practicing the basics incessantly.
Establish your training space. You will need a free area of at least 10 feet to the side, and a boxing bag. If you can not hang a boxing bag from your roof, you can get free-standing punching bags from most sporting goods stores or martial arts supply catalogs.
Practice a specific technique, such as a combination of strokes or footwork exercises, two to three times a week. You can use a video, book or Internet reference to learn the basics (or to review what you think you know if you already have some knowledge of boxing). Once you have ingrained the technique, practice it for 50 to 100 repetitions on the boxing bag.
Do general bag exercises two to three times each week to work on your speed, pace, timing and general stroke technique. To get the best results, work in the bag in two to three minute rounds, going up to 10 rounds of work in a training session. While you are working on the bag, it is not enough to hit the bag at random. Come to the bag with a game plan and scientific approach. This will help you develop the attributes you need as a boxer.
Find a sparring partner to practice with him from time to time. He should be another serious boxer, since someone who does not take training seriously can become emotionally involved during practice combat. An angry partner will be reckless and could hurt you or yourself. The safest sparring occurs only under the supervision of an equally serious third party, acting as arbitrator.
Get a cardiovascular workout several times a week. Although you will not be hitting, better cardiovascular performance will give you the encouragement you need to practice and fight effectively during the final rounds. Cardiovascular exercises to include in your training include shadow boxing, jumping rope and running. This last exercise is known in the boxing community as road work. There is no boxing adage truer than the old saying, “fights are won on the road, not in the ring.”