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By the time I was 13 years old, I had been already been boxing for three years. I was champion of England for my 63 kg weight category - yeah, I was a big kid and pretty mature for my age! One of the main reasons I had success at that age was because I could punch hard - which was great, but it had its downside.

 Because I was punching so hard, but my body wasn’t fully developed,  my hands took a lot of punishment. They were always swelling up and, to be honest, back...

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There are so many new fitness fads and trends that it can be hard to know which ones actually work, but boxing is one workout that continues to be loved by many people around the world. The American Council of Exercise lists boxing as a strength and cardio workout all at once — and a highly effective one to boot. It’s also an exercise that’s easy to get into, doing away with fancy equipment and specialized movements.

For women, boxing provides more than an...

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I always knew Tony was going to do great things, but I never imagined how great.

Despite the 11 year age gap between us, Tony and I have always been very close. I have a ton of great memories from when I was little, he would chase me around the house and play games with me, even throughout his strict and demanding schedule as an amateur boxer on the England team. I never noticed his absence, as he always made time for me when he was home from his Sheffield training camps.

For...

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Boxing for fitness is a great way to not only spice up your training schedule, but to take your fitness to new levels you didn’t think possible. Below are some training methods you can incorporate into your routine and improve your boxing.

Skipping

Improve your footwork and get light on your feet by learning to skip. This is key as it increases your ability to time movements and punches while you are balanced. Add speed to the exercise by turning the rope faster, jumping higher and...

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As a sport boxing requires a high level of athletic ability: speed, strength, agility, hand-eye coordination are just some of the fitness components required. Boxing as a fitness activity enables the average person to hone those athletic skills without having to take a punch.

Learning the art of boxing for fitness comes with a large number of benefits. We are all aware of the importance of improving our cardiovascular fitness to improve our health in both the short and long term. This is...

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Gymnastic Strength Training is not what springs to mind when you think of strength & conditioning for boxing. Having been boxing for 17 years and trained under a number of different professional coaches, I’d never given it a second thought, until I was introduced to the concept around a year ago.

Increased strength is obviously one of the targets of all forms of ‘strength’ & conditioning training. However, increased mobility (strength & flexibility) of the...

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Most fighters will agree that being hit in the body hard is often worse than being hit in the head. 

When you get hit clean it really sucks all the oxygen out of your full body, you feel sick and suffocated at the same time. It's not a nice feeling. 

 I used to practice throwing and landing the body shot all of the time when I was fighting, in shadow boxing, on the backs, and in sparring. 

 A great way to land that body shot is by changing the angle and with...

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The speed bag/speedball has been around since my grandad was a little boy. visually the most impressive piece of equipment in a boxing gym. We've seen fighters over the years blasting the ball doing tricks, going really fast, even looking away from the ball while they hitting it.

For me, some of the best are Floyd Mayweather Lomachenko and Lornarez you will see videos of them hitt the bag it's very impressive.

The main benefits of hitting this thing are hand and eye coordination, which...

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After recently finding myself ill and in hospital, I promised myself that I would do what I’ve been putting off for a while - I wanted to step back into coaching but this time through fitness and boxing. As a former SFA football coach I have always loved coaching and supporting peoples’ development and helping them to reach their goals. Whilst my route in life took me away from being a coach, my passion for coaching & fitness always remained.

I love boxing and everything the...

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