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A Beginner’s Guide to Taking Up Boxing

 

How to get into boxing 

Boxing has soared in popularity in recent years and offers many benefits. Our beginner’s guide tells you how to get into this challenging yet rewarding sport.

Boxing as a sport has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, enjoying an increase of 30,000 participants in the last six months alone, including almost 12,000 women and girls. Offering an array of both physical and mental benefits, boxing’s growing popularity is unsurprising. If you’d like to experience these benefits for yourself, read on for our tips and advice on starting out in the world of boxing.

Why choose boxing?

With so many sports out there, why choose boxing? Well, first of all it’s one of the best all-round workouts you can do, burning in excess of 700 calories per hour, and helping you to lose weight, build muscle, increase fitness and improve your strength, speed and agility.  What’s more, it also benefits you mentally, acting as a great stress reliever, boosting self-esteem and instilling discipline and self-control.

Getting started

Before you head out and start boxing, first identify your motive for taking up the sport. Do you want to lose weight and improve your fitness, or do you want to compete more seriously? Nailing down your motives at this early stage will help you to choose the right gym and workout regimen for your aspirations. Boxing is an extremely physical sport and its sheer intensity can often be a shock to the system to beginners. Help get yourself prepared by doing all you can to improve your fitness and shed excess weight before you set foot in a boxing gym – a mix of high and low intensity cardio, such as sprinting and jogging, and a light weights workout are all great for this.

Choosing a gym

If you are serious about taking up boxing you will need to learn the correct techniques, which means finding a good boxing gym and trainer. There are lots of different gyms out there and finding the right one for you can be a bit of a minefield. It’s important to do your research, so look up different gyms online in your area and ask any boxing friends or acquaintances for recommendations. Once you have found some gyms you like the look of, go along to check them out and have a chat with the trainers. Be open about what you’re hoping to achieve (whether that’s improving your fitness or boxing professionally), what time commitment you can give and what your budget is.

As a general rule, you should look for a gym that has an encouraging atmosphere for beginners, and that has a focus on learning proper technique and continuing improvement. A good trainer should also be able to offer a workout regime that is tailored to your physical abilities.

Kit yourself out

Although you don’t need to spend a fortune when first starting out, it makes sense to kit yourself out with a few basic pieces of equipment. Hand wraps, a water bottle, a skipping rope and a good pair of boxing gloves should be all you need during the early stages – you can always invest in more, or better quality pieces of kit once you know for sure that you want to continue with the sport. When it comes to clothing, you don’t need anything fancy – a vest top and some Adidas boxing shorts will easily suffice.

What to expect

The key thing to be aware of is that boxing is hard work and, in the early days, your body will hurt – a lot! It’s strenuous, repetitive and tough on your body so you need to be committed if you want to progress. The other thing to be aware of is that it may be a while before you actually get in the ring. Your trainer will want to make sure you have mastered the basic techniques and are physically fit before putting you up to spar against another fighter, so you will likely spend a lot of the early days of your training doing bag work and improving your fitness.

Boxing is undoubtedly a challenging sport but it’s a rewarding one too, and with the right mental attitude, a desire to work hard and a strong sense of commitment, you’ll soon find yourself reaping the benefits of this majestic sport.

The Most Expensive Boxing Memorabilia Ever Sold

Boxing fans are going to love reading this post. Over the years, there have been some major celebrities in the boxing world who have captured our hearts and imaginations. From time to time, certain pieces of memorabilia have come onto the market and sold for astronomical prices. Today, we’re going to spend some time looking at the most expensive boxing items ever sold at auction. It’s a good idea to keep your eyes open for these pieces because they could become available for resale soon. That said, you might have to remortgage your family home to get hold of them.

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Muhammad Ali’s gloves from the Zora Folley fight

In 1967, Muhammad Ali successfully defended his world title against newcomer Zora Folley. The fight took place in New York City, and it was viewed by millions of people around the world. Ali’s boxing glove from that bout sold at auction in 1997. The highest bidder paid $29,900 for the items. That was a shocking amount for gloves he wore for less than an hour.

Muhammad Ali’s fight worn robe

Muhammad Ali fought Chuck Wepner on March 24, 1975. His robe from that event sold in 2005 at a top sports memorabilia auction. The bidder ended up paying $30,000 to take the robe home. Not the cheapest purchase he’d made that week, but one that got him into the headlines.

Joe Frazier;s robe from Thrilla in Manilla

In 2008, the robe worn by Joe Frazier during his Thrilla in Manilla fight sold at auction for no less than $40,000. It was his third and final fight against Muhammad Ali. Unfortunately, Frazier lost, but only because his manager threw in the towel.

Muhammad Ali’s Rumble in the Jungle trunks

Ali’s Rumble in the Jungle fight against George Foreman was deemed one of the most important bouts of his career. The trunks he wore that night sold at auction in 1992 for $57,500. Ali was only 32 when that fight took place, but it is still remembered as his best performance ever.

Muhammad Ali’s Thrilla in Manilla trunks

While Joe Frazier’s robe might have sold for only $40,000, the trunks Ali wore that day raised a significant amount more. In 2012, they sold for a staggering $100,000 at auction. When asked why he had paid so much money, the buyer simply states that Ali was a legend, and he now owned a piece of history.

Muhammad Ali’s Fight of the Century trunks

Now we’ve arrived at the most expensive piece of boxing memorabilia ever sold. In November 2011, Muhammad Ali’s Fight of the Century trunks sold for an amazing $173,102 at auction. Nothing has since raised that much cash and no item looks set to do so in the future.

If you ever see any of those items listed on the market, you should buy them as quickly as possible. They will only increase in value as time moves forward. Unsurprisingly, most of the items we’ve mentioned today have come from boxing legend Muhammad Ali. They just don’t make fighters like that anymore.

 

 

The Top 10 Pound for Pound Boxers in the World Right Now

Manny PacquiaoAs with many other contact sports, boxing has various weight classes.  Obviously this means that you can have several world champions at once, across the different weight classes.  Although boxers in these different classes do not compete against each other, they can be compared “pound for pound”.  In the following article I countdown who I believe is the top 10 pound for pound boxers in the world at the moment.

Miguel Cotto

Aged 34, Cotto is the WBC, Ring Magazine and Transnational Rankings middleweight champion.  He deserves to be in the top 10 because he is one of the biggest stars in boxing right now and has just had the biggest win of his career, in which he demolished long time reigning Middleweight champ Sergio Martinez in Round 10.

Sergey Kovalev

Simply put, Kovalev is a devastating knockout force in the ring.  He stalks his opponents as if he was a wild animal and they were his prey.  He is currently the IBF, WBO and WBA Light Heavyweight champ.

Gennady Golovkin

At 32 years old, Gennady Golovkin is arguably the most balanced fighter in the world of boxing.  The middleweight is known to have fast hands and a short fuse.  The only problem he has is convincing the other top middleweight boxers into the ring with him.

Guillermo Rigondeaux

There is a lot of evidence to suggest that Rigondeaux is the best fighter in the world.  He is a master at defence and at times is so good at what he does, he can appear bored.  He is currently the WBO, WBA, Ring Magazine and Transnational Ranking featherweight champ.

Juan Manual Marquez

At 41 years of age, he is no spring chicken, but Marquez is one of the very best boxers of his generation.  He has a long running feud with Pacquiao, but remains one of the very best welterweights in the world and the absolutely best counterpuncher out there.

Timothy Bradley

What Bradley lacks in sheer brute force, he makes up for in guts, determination and throws punches like there’s no tomorrow.

Floyd Mayweather

Although this may be something of a controversial placing for one of the greatest boxers ever, but here me out.  Mayweather is a master at his craft and is better able to alter his fighting style to outdo whoever he faces than anyone else in the world.  Yes he has won a lot of titles, but recently his matches have not been as exciting as they were in the past.

Wladimir Klitschko

Without a shadow of a doubt, Klitschko is the best heavyweight the world has seen since Ali.  He is very athletic and strong and his long reaching jab and pounding right hand are two of the most dangerous weapons ever seen in the boxing ring.

Roman Gonzalez

Currently the WBC, Ring Magazine and Transnational WBC flyweight champion, Gonzalez is the most talented pressure boxer in the sport right now.  He looks set to put the flyweight (much maligned and ignored as it is) division back on the map.

Manny Pacquiao

Say what you like about this guy’s personality but he is one of the best and biggest stars o boxing.  Even at 35 years old, he is still in a class of his own.  His real edge over anyone he faces comes from his frenetic style and his lightning quick hands.

There you have it, who I personally think are the top 10 best pound for pound boxers in the world right now.  Do you agree with me or disagree?  Have your say below…

Boxing

BoxingAs a long-time fan of boxing that grew up with the likes of Frank Bruno, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis competing for the Heavyweight title, I have been feeling for a long time that boxing at that level nowadays is not anywhere near as good as it was back then.

It’s an interesting topic and while there are many people who would speak favourably about the current crop of boxers out there; one person who seems to share my thoughts is ‘Iron Mike’ Tyson.

Mike Tyson’s Opinion on The State of Heavyweight Boxing And Boxing In General

In a recent Reddit AMA (ask-me-anything) question and answer session he talked about the state of heavyweight boxing.  When asked what is opinion was about heavyweight boxing these days, he answered ‘it is not as good as it could be’ and suggested that the blame rests on promoters not signing their fighters for fights they could actually lose.  He also felt that because promoters tend to promote the actual individuals rather than the sport, boxing and its fans lose out.

Vladimir Klitchko – Is He Really Any Good?

Another problem with boxing at the moment in my opinion is that I would argue that someone like Vladimir Klitschko, the current and seemingly undefeatable champion, although an amazing fighter, does not have much in the way of competition.  That’s not to say he wouldn’t have done well in Lennox Lewi s and Iron Mike’s era, but it would be harder for him to keep winning if there was stronger competition.

Is The Future Bright For British Heavyweight Boxing?

In my opinion, now is as good a time as any for someone to break through from Britain to become the next heavyweight champion.  Although many of them are not as household name-material as David Haye(who may be heading back to the ring sometime soon it seems), the likes of Tyson Fury, David Price and Dereck Chisora all have a good chance of doing something special.  Though only time will tell if this happens before or after Klitschko hangs up his gloves and retires.

Anthony Joshua – Britain’s Best Hope for Heavyweight Glory

One name to really look out for I think is Anthony Joshua, whom you might remember from the Olympics were he won Gold for the Team GB.  He recently put on a dominant display when he took on the tough veteran Denis Bakhtov and made it look like a walk in the park.

He is the one out of all of them who stands the best chance of bringing in a new age of British heavyweight boxing.  However, I think the biggest problem (as it is with any sport that suffers any sort of decline) is that not enough people are getting into boxing as youngsters and are choosing to try other sports.

Not even after the success of the London Olympics, with Joshua and female Team GB gold medallist Nicola Adams wowing audiences around the globe seems to have been enough to get kids into boxing gyms and clubs.

Apart from that the last time I really got excited about British boxing was when David Haye took on the behemoth monster of a man that is Nikolai Valuev in the David and Goliath matchup.  I just hope that is not the last time I get excited about boxing!