On a cold dim Cincinnati morning, I sat down to chat with one Daði Ástþórsson, who was surely experiencing an even dimmer and colder morning in Iceland at the time. The friend, former trainer, and business partner of popular friend of the show Luis Monda, Daði is an incredibly knowledgeable trainer of many young boxers, and in many ways is the originator of many of the ideas that I profess on the show and in my articles. We discuss his martial arts background, his training philosophy, the differences between strategic and tactical thinking. I hope you enjoy this discussion with one of the finest craftsmen in the sport.

As discussed in the episode, here are some videos that demonstrate Daði’s boxing principles. First, his excellent breakdown of boxer Charley Burley.

And here is one of Daði’s boxers fighting and sparring, including a bout against a boxer from the CIK, the gym that developed Mikkel Kessler.

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Or, as always, listen to the interview right here on our site, using the embed below.


  1. skibbz says:

    Very enjoyable and informative podcasts. Your amateur fighter seemed to have picked up some very good moves. Have you ever been on the sweet science forums..? Your input would always be welcome!


    • Connor
      Connor says:

      Thanks, skibbz. I take it by “your amateur fighter” you mean Dadi? If so I can pass your question along to him for you.

  2. Atli says:

    Just wanted to let you know how much some random stranger on the internet appreciated this episode. It was fantastic. Dadi the same first name as my little brother and i just wanted to say that you got the pronunciation down for his first name. The episode makes me want to fly back to Iceland and take classes with him.

    • Connor
      Connor says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! I was really pleased with my interview with Dadi, and I would encourage you to look him up if you’re ever back in Viking-land.

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