I first met boxing coach Martin Dimitrov when he was leading a boxing fitness class I began attending at a central London gym. The reason he came to my attention particularly is that when he took the class he used to really motivate and push us in the class. I always appreciated and enjoyed his no-nonsense direct approach.
As I got more into boxing I set myself a personal goal of taking part in a white collar boxing match. In doing so I knew I needed a disciplined coach who was going to get me prepared both physically and mentally for the task at hand. That was Martin.
If you speak to Martin only for a short period you will realise he takes his boxing, especially amateur boxing seriously. An amateur boxer himself with an excellent record, with Martin as a coach you will be getting a man who is not just teaching you from text books, he has been there and walked the talk!
Once I started getting into a training program with Martin I realised very quickly that I was going to be pushed to my limit every time I stepped into the gym door. If the class he took was structured his 1-2-1 approach took things to the next level as each session he worked with me to develop the skills it would take to stand strong on fight night. Attentive to not only my development in the gym Martin also put together a tailor made jogging, running and sprint program to support me outside the gym which was brilliant.
As part of training with Martin I was introduced to some of the other fighters operating under his stable. Martin would utilise them to support me in my development and in time they would become good friends. Together we would push am motivate each other to do better. It became clear that under Martin’s guidance I was not on my own in my quest for fight night glory I had become part of something greater, a team and boxing community.
I continued to be pushed hard and as the night of my fight got closer. By the time the night of the fight came round, although naturally nervous, under Martin’s guidance I felt confident in my abilities to perform. The success for me was stepping through the ropes, however I am proud to say that once in I had one heck of a fight. With the skills developed under Martin’s tutorship I managed to drop my opponent in the first round and win on points taking every round.
I am eternally grateful to Martin for his support as a coach and some of the life lessons and he instilled in me during this time.
For those considering Martin as a coach in the future I could not recommend him highly enough. As long you’re willing to apply yourself to the task at hand, with Martin in your corner I guarantee in time you’ll realise your own in-ring success and no doubt make some great friends along the way.