Fighting in the ring is like swimming in a swimming pool, i.e. controlled and “safe” environment. If you’ve swam in swimming pools before, the chances of survival in the middle of the ocean is much greater than those who learn to swim on dry land. So, if you wanna be 10 time the fighter you are now, fight in ring!
Punching up or punching down? This has been debated by the boxing community for donkey’s years. Punching down flows with the gravity which gives a harder punch; while punching up works against the gravity which provides a greater impact. So what is your verdict?