Does It Help Them Box Better Or Deflect Shots (LOL)
Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury with his beard (in training camp) and with it shaved down in the ring
I've noticed a number of professional boxers grow out their beards during training camp. I jokingly thought to ask, does it help them fight better. However, I know better. It has to do with a mentality and getting in the zone. Boxers get into a mind state where grit and hardness become assets in training, in order to adapt to tough and trying conditions. It's a form of deprivation. Some boxers deprive themselves during training camp. During training they go back to the basics of life.
Ashley Theophane (left column) and Adrien Broner (right column) set to square off on April 1, 2016 in at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Before and after training camp photos shows them without and with beards.
Former world heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis stated of training camp, "You have to sacrifice things when you are going to the top and are at the top." He further stated, "I used to go away to the Poconos Mountains to train for months. I was fortunate to have a mother come with me and make sure my meals were set in the training camp and so she sacrificed with me. This is part of the game."