Can We Justify Boxing?

The game of boxing originated in Ancient Greece around 688 BC and evolved slowly during 16-18 centuries into prizefights. There have been different feelings concerning the game, where the fans say that the game is beneficial as it boosts physical fitness as well as discipline. Fans also believe that the game has helped many youths do away with violence and has reduced poverty. Critics, on the other hand, say it is a cruel and dangerous game that should be banned as it may cause harm to the participants.

The discussion at hand is whether the sport of boxing can be justified, or should it actually be made illegal. Today, we’ll look at a couple sides of each argument. The negatives are pretty obvious:

  • The sport is risky and can be categorized as physical assault, despite being a voluntary game, participants end up getting hurt and this in itself shows that the game is dangerous to the human body.
  • The primary objective of the game is causing a knockout which leads to head injury. Some head injuries occur as an accident while participating in other sports, but in a boxing game knockout is the goal and this may cause major damage to the participant’s health.
  • Due to the constant eye and brain injuries, many doctors call for the banning of the game because these injuries cause serious problems to boxers even after retirement.
  •  Children can learn the wrong message, especially when people flaunt hurting others as way to get rich and famous.

Here’s a video on the potential dangers of brain damage:

Below are a few advantages you can be sure will benefit any participant when taking up the sport of boxing:

  • Boxing encourages physical fitness, since the game requires highly fit people it has encouraged people to take care of their bodies.
  • The game improves self-confidence and gives young people self-defense skills.
  • Some people believe that boxing has helped to eradicate poverty. Since the game was made an Olympic sport and common wealth game people are paid to participate, and this helps reduce poverty levels by teaching work ethic and self-discipline.
  • There are many discussions concerning this sport and how it can benefit society. The game is said to instill discipline because it emphasizes mental and physical stability, but if a game causes bodily harm to a person intentionally, then it’s a sign that the game should not be promoted and even made illegal as it causes more harm than good.

We have seen the two points of view, so should boxing be made illegal? Despite the benefits that people reap from the game, it is also dangerous, and it leads to health problems that may worsen in players in their old age.

 

How Does a Boxer Train?

Boxers have a lot of hard work to do before they go for their bouts. Their conditioning, pace, concentration, fitness, and technique all need to be on check. Winning in a boxing match is no mean feat; it always reflects what the boxer has been working towards.

The greatest boxer to ever live, Mohammad Ali, also recognized the need for hard work and dedication in training. To him, the fight wasn’t won in the 12 rounds but in the gym and on the road. A well-conditioned boxer can unleash a barrage of blows that will end the fight in a matter of seconds if the opponent is not well prepared. So how does a boxer train? In this article, we shall delve
into the training of a boxer and see what exactly it entails;

Cardio
This is one part of it, and it usually involves a lot of road work. You have to be ready to hit the road for slow running and do fast sprints too. The fast-paced running helps a fighter get used to giving short bursts of energy in the ring, and slow running adds to your endurance and stamina. While slow running, boxers can sometimes shadow box, just to get themselves used to throw punches on the move. In this post, you’ll find some great exercises for cardio to include in your boxing training.

Polymetrics and foot drills
Upper body power is great to have in boxing; it’s one of the key factors that separate the winners from the losers. A good boxer does not neglect the lower body though. Take, for instance, Rocky Marciano. He didn’t have much of a torso, but his legs were huge, and his record speaks for itself.

Foot drills are important in any combat sport. In boxing, the drills allow you to be more clinical in your bursts of energy in the ring. These foot drills allow you to dance around the ring and dispatch your opponent before they even know what hit them.

Bag work
Bag work usually comes last because this is where everything about the boxer’s training regime comes together to form technique. From your stance to feet shoulder-width and a good stagger, everything is worked out at the punching bag. The boxer learns to combine punches and comes up with an efficient game plan that suits their conditioning and temperament while in the ring. With time, the boxer understands their way of boxing and knows which punch works best for them.

Aside from all the training that boxers take on to prepare for the event, they also have to think about weight training. Weight training ensures they stay in their weight category, gaining or losing pounds accordingly.

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Top 3 Boxers In Canadian History

Ever since boxing was introduced as a national sport in Canada, the giant British colony has not failed to produce many famous professional boxers. Many fighters from Canada have been extremely talented, so we thought that we would put together a list.

As for what kind of fighters Canada has produced, the answer to that is, well, every kind of boxer! Every type is ranging from the heavyweights, cruiserweights, flyweights, and featherweights all the way to light heavyweights. If you are from Canada and are aspiring to become a professional, famous and revered boxer, then you should pay attention to these incredible fighters and make them your idols. We will list the top 3 boxers and fighters from all of Canadian history, and provide a little bit of information on each person.

Lennox Lewis
As for the first boxer on our list, we have a very famous fighter by the name of Lennox Lewis. He was born in 1962, on September 2nd. He is a retired (and therefore former) Canadian professional boxer. He owned the realm of the heavyweight court, and he was a three-time champion as well as a two-time champion for the linear medal. He also is the last and final remaining Canadian (and worldwide, of course) heavyweight champion to retain still the title of ‘undisputed’ in the heavyweight boxing realm, which is extremely impressive!

He was a member of the Canadian Boxing League during the years of 1988 as an amateur. He then retired in 2003 as a world-renowned professional. After competing professionally and winning his first 21 consecutive fights, he then entirely obliterated Donovan Ruddock in the year 1992, and thus took the number one position in the WBC.

James Archibald McLarnin
Born on the 19th of December in the year 1907, ‘Jimmy’ McLarnin was an Irish-Canadian boxer who became a world-renowned ‘welterweight’ champion. He was then inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, which is otherwise known as the IBHF.

He was born in the Irish country of Hillsborough,w which resides peacefully in County Down. His father was a Methodist from Dublin and consistently traveled throughout all of Britain in search of work. He met an Irish girl, and they moved to Canada to Liverpool, and there became wheat farmers. However, they decided to pack up and move to Vancouver as a rather harsh winter had ‘scared’ them from the grain business.

Their family was quite poor, and they moved to San Francisco, California, where he trained as an amateur boxer and made his first wages. He had a very slim and youthful appearance, which not only garnered for him the name of the ‘Babyfaced Assassin’ but also made it particularly difficult for him to get into boxing matches. This unfortunate mishap was mainly because of his youthful face, of course, and so he had a hard time trying to convince people of his age!

George Dixon
Born on the July 29th, he was a famous Canadian boxer of African descent, who gored the featherweight (and bantamweight) championship ring from the year 1891 all the way to 1901. He lost his featherweight title to one Abe Attel, on the 29th of October in 1901.

Before this, he defeated David Sullivan in the championship of the World Featherweights. It ended in a disqualification, which consequently almost ended his career for the second time. He fought for ten rounds in front of over eight thousand spectators.

He eventually moved back to Boston, where he had a family; sadly, he became sick and was too poor to pay off his hospital bills, which eventually led to him dying alone, sick, and penniless. Nevertheless, he was one of the world’s greatest featherweight champions, earning him the nickname of “Little Chocolate” because of his dark skin and short height, measuring in at 5 foot and three inches.

How to become a professional Boxer

To become a fighter is different from becoming a professional boxer. If you desire to be a professional in your path of boxing, you will have to put in place some strategies to get you up the ladder. Being a professional boxer in Canada does not require any educational qualifications. Most pro-fighters start out at a young age. It is the personal effort of an individual to seek training and equip themselves ready for boxing. Here are few steps on how to become a professional Boxer.

1. Training
Find training from a local boxing coach. When you seek for training, try finding a coach that is reputable. Approach facilities that deal mainly with boxing and athletics training rather than a health and fitness facility. Take your time to learn some basic boxing facts and terms before you start training. Training with a facility that has connections is also important. You can take your time to check the gym membership and get to understand the kind of attendants.

2. GE Licensing
For you to participate in any boxing event, be it amateur or professional, you will need a local athletics association license. The Athletics body in your local state will give you a permit as long as you can pass the necessary physical tests for a boxer. Getting the license is your first step to becoming a fighter. If you think you are well fit for boxing and you have a permit, it is time to take the next step.

3. Participate In Amature Boxing Tournaments
The only way to get to professional boxing tournaments is by competing in the amateur tournaments. Various organizations organize boxing tournament in search for new talent. In the amateur tournaments, you will be matched up with individuals of your age and weight group. For you to rise the ranks to the professional leagues, you have to prove yourself. Use your skills properly to win more tournaments, and you may get spotted by professional boxing teams. Read more here on getting involved in amateur tournaments.

4. Assemble Professionals To Work With
Once you are ready to go to the professional level, it is time to get experts on your side. Do not join a boxing club without having an agent, a manager, and a personal coach. All these professionals will help you make your bargaining and keep you fit enough for professional tournaments.

To become a professional boxer is not easy. You need to give it your all. You need to work hard at training to gain the necessary physical fitness.You also have to find lucky boxers and learn some tricks.However, it all boils down to your efforts.

Safety Tips For Amateur Boxing

Boxing is thought of as a sport that thrives on violence. Boxers are ‘brutes’ that ‘enjoy hurting people for a living.’ Or so people think, that is. Well, if you find that you have this perception of the sport then you probably don’t know a thing about it. Amateur and professional boxing both have demanding requirements which take a toll on the mind as much as they do the body.

Besides this, the safety measures put in place ensure it is not just two people trying to knock out each other’s lights. For amateur boxing, the bouts-which cannot be referred to as fights, including a lot of safety measures.

Here are some safety tips that amateur fighters use to keep themselves safe in the ring;

1. Protective gear
The sport is one of the safest contact sports out there. In a professional fight, you expect to see bare chest fighters hitting each other and accumulating injuries to the face and upper body. In amateur boxing, the fighters wear special protective headgear with sufficient padding to protect them from head injuries of any kind.

A mouth guard also protects the jaws and teeth from breaking. It also absorbs a lot of shocks, so you or your gums don’t suffer any pain. For amateurs, fighters have to wear jerseys which prevent sweat from getting into an opponent’s eyes as they are hit. Female boxers also have extra safety from a chest guard. Most gear can be easily found at places like Dick’s Sporting Goods.

2. Boxing Gloves Weigh More
In amateur boxing, the gloves are much thicker than the professional type because of extra cushioning. The 10 to 12-ounce gloves are made as such so that the boxers also have trouble keeping them up for long thus you can’t punch as hard as you would in professional boxing.

3. Respecting The Rules And Boundaries
One of the metrics for judging the winner is abiding by the
rules. In a sport where flouting the rules could not only cost you the match but damage your health too, sticking to the rules does not go unnoticed. Judges presiding over amateur games give points to fighters for abiding by the rules. The rule might not influence much in the final decision but could be a tie-breaker in a match where both fighters have been good, but one has exhibited fair-play.

Boxing is an exciting sport where the challenge is squarely placed on one individual, testing them in every way, shape or form. Even though the game has taken a lot of flak for some gruesome injuries in the past, the amateur side of it has taken steps to ensure that every fighter is safe when they step into the ring.

 

 

 

What is the Headgear Rule in Canadian Boxing?

When it comes to assessing the need for headgear in the world of Canadian boxing, regulations have been inconsistent, and spectators have been left confused. So what is the rule? After spending years defending the idea that male fighters were safer boxing without headgear, it seems that Boxing Canada has changed the rules of the game.

As of February 2017, Boxing Canada has decided that headgear will be mandatory for all male fighters below the Canadian championships or a provincial final. About the change, the national body has stated that the new rule allows boxers to be protected from cuts before reaching the Canadian championship level. At the national and international levels, however, fighters will be able to box without headgear.

Initially, in 2013, headgear was banned for male soldiers by the world body on the premise that removing the helmet would reduce the risk of concussion. They planned to institute the same regulation for youth and female boxers in 2018. Canada embraced this rule in 2013, meaning that virtually all male boxers from age 19 to 40, regardless of skill level, must fight without headgear. The worldwide boxing community believed that this was a safer alternative. Because of this, Boxing Canada subscribed to this reasoning.

During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, male boxers fought without headgear for the first time since 1984. While many believed that the world body had placed the safety of the fighters at risk merely for ratings and financial gain, international authorities argued that concussions had been reduced by more than 40% with the banning of headgear. This claim, however, was based on video footage of world championship bouts, which is not an accurate or objective way to analyze the presence of a brain injury, especially as concussion symptoms may take a while to set in. A fighter could experience the onset of symptoms hours after leaving the ring.

Now, the new rule states that headgear will be mandatory for all sanctioned competitions in Canada for elite male open boxers, except the National Championships. Boxers will have the option to decide whether to use headgear during the provincial finals, however, if the boxers cannot agree, headgear will prevail. Headgear will now be the rule in Canada, rather than the exception. Boxing Canada believes this decision will help ‘ease’ its elite national boxers into competitions that will not include headgear, rather than opening them up to the risk of serious injury during lower level bouts.

What is the Difference Between Amateur and Pro-Boxing?

Many of boxing’s royalty had their start as amateur boxers. Today, when you talk about professional boxing, you cannot avoid coming across big names like the late Mohammad Ali, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. But did you know that people like Mohammad Ali and Oscar De La Hoya all both started as Olympic competitors? Olympic boxing is considered ‘amateur’ boxing as opposed to what Floyd Mayweather does today which is professional boxing.

So, what is the Difference Between Amateur and Pro-Boxing?
From the atmosphere to the boxers themselves, the rules and even how the entire game is conducted, there is a huge difference between amateur boxing and pro boxing. The biggest difference, however, might be just how much money is involved in pro-boxing.

1. The Payroll
The first and obvious difference is that pro-boxers fight for money (take a look at what they earn). These are prized fighters who have entire outfits working with them to promote their brand and get them paid as much as possible. Amateur fighters, on the other hand, tend to fight for pride, whether it be pride for the country or personal pride, it is safe to say there aren’t millions and millions of dollars involved in these fights.

2. The Boxing Skill
Because prized fighters make money, they can spend more time training and master the sport. This then puts them at an entirely different skill level when compared to amateur fighters who might just do it as a part-time job.

3. The Size Of The Boxing Rings
When it comes to ring sizes, amateur boxing adheres to a strict standardization of the ring sizes. Amateur boxers can fight in a ring that has a minimum size of 16 square feet or a maximum size of 20 square feet. Pro-boxing, on the other hand, does not have to adhere to these rules. Although in many cases, pro-boxing bouts are held in similarly sized boxings rings as the amateurs, they do not have to. In short, pro-boxing does not have a standardized boxing ring size.

4. The Fighting Gear
In both cases, boxers have to wear gloves and mouth guards. However, there is one glaring difference between amateur and pro-boxing gear in that rookies have to wear a helmet while professionals do not wear these helmets. The helmets are to protect amateur boxers from head, eye and ear injuries. Professional boxers ‘rough it’.

5. The Amount Of Boxing Rounds
Another huge difference is the number of rounds each boxing match lasts. In professional boxing, there can be a minimum of 4, three-minute rounds to as many as 12, three-minute rounds. In amateur boxing, however, there are always 3, three-minute rounds in a match. These are the main glaring differences between amateur and professional boxing.

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A Brief History Of Boxing In Canada

In Canada, boxing has been a traditional sport for around two centuries. While it is true that it was outlawed for a time, before its legalization and proper acclimation, it was still verily practiced in all parts of Canada. It was practiced before the Canadian Confederation of 1867 came into existence. It was illegal in Canada for an extremely extended period (when compared to how long Canada has existed, not as a continent or society but as an officially recognized country) during what was known as the ‘bare-knuckle’ era.

However, this did not stop everyone’s favorite country from practicing that sport! These fights, being illegal, were forced to take place in so-called ‘unknown’ areas. They also (being illegal, still) were without insurance or protection, and so these uncensored fights had very few rules and would, from time to time, result in unsavory endings. The very last illegal, remote, and unknown Canadian boxing match has been recorded as being in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the year 1901.

Tommy Burns was a pre-Olympic (amateur, and not a legal professional) Canadian boxer who was the first Canadian to officially and legally win a heavyweight title! He also went on to become one of the most revered heavyweight champions in the world. Speaking of which, he was the world heavyweight champion boxer in 1906. He defended his title precisely, and not more nor less than, ten times before finally conceding and losing to heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in the year of 1908.

He was the first Canadian to win this title, and it was ended soon after Jack Johnson grabbed ahold of it in the year 1908. No Canadian ever held that title again until over a hundred years later! In Q2 of 2014, a heavyweight boxer (and former champion, of course) by the name of Bermane Stiverne won the ‘WBC’ World Heavyweight Championship after six rounds of continuous fighting with Chris Arreola.

No professional and legal sport, especially a heavily-dependent physical sport such as boxing and kickboxing, is made without its governing bodies. Canada had outlawed itself from boxing for so long that many ‘underground’ administrative organizations sprang up immediately once the ban was lifted. Because of this, there is a lot of tension and debate about which governing body is currently the oldest, and there are quite a lot of contenders for this prestigious honor. Take a look at some of the most famous boxers in Canada’s history.

These administrative judges and forces, which created the local rules for each bout, were pre-existing before the ban was lifted. Some notable contenders are as follows:

  • National Championship of Canada (which was previously the Canadian Boxing Federation)
  • Canadian Professional Boxing Council (which stands for CPBC)
  • ‘NABA’ Canada (A title given by the official North American Boxing Association)
  • WBC Amateur Boxing Canada (Catchy names, I know. This is the ‘official’ governing body for amateur boxing in Canada)

All in all, the Canadian boxing league is as lively today as it was when it was first coming about, and particularly when it was illegal.

Getting Started in Amateur Boxing – Becoming a Boxing Coach

When it comes to sporting events, the coach is the person behind the scenes calling the shots and making sure everything is done to win. Every sport has one but no sport’s coach is more misunderstood than that of boxing. Everyone just thinks they stand in the corner and just watch what’s going on. The truth is they are the one responsible for teaching the correct techniques, refining the boxer’s skills and being ready when the bell rings.

As a boxing coach, it’s up to you to properly train your athlete into a competition and into the winner’s circle. A well-trained boxer is physically and mentally fit and strong. He must possess all of the necessary skills needed to dominate his opponent and the tools necessary to perform at the top of his game.

Here are some steps to take to become the best coach you can be for an up and coming boxer:

Have a sit down with a corner man to go over all the different supplies you and him will need during a match. This should cover any scenario you may encounter. You should think about everything that could happen from the pre-fight warm ups to ice bucket used after the fight is finished.

Once the supplies are taken care of, it’s time to start working on the boxer. First, work on his hand speed. Typically speed bags are used. They are popular in the boxing world because they help a boxer cultivate their reaction times. Plus they can be placed anywhere in the gym for ease of use. Once, they’ve mastered the speed bag, it’s time to move on to the jump rope. Many would be boxers quit because of the intense workout the jump rope can put them through. These workouts build up endurance while works on increasing a boxer’s foot speed.

You can put your boxers through some of the most intense training workouts there is but with any experience in the ring, they won’t last in a real match. Get them some much-needed practice in the ring by teaming them up with comparable sparring partners. Now they can develop the skills firsthand need for success. Don’t go randomly through different weight and class boxers together. They should be matched up together based on the r weight class, skills, and abilities. Only lightweights should be in the same ring with a lightweight. The same holds true for middle and heavy weights.

Boxing matches can sometimes test a boxer’s endurance. Counteract that by building it up through long-distance running and training. While I recommend, actual running outside to do this, I’ve seen other coaches get their boxers on exercise bikes and treadmills as a way of working them.

I try to let the corner man have control of some practices here and there. They are going to need a strong relationship with one another in the match so this helps to do just that. Corner men are mostly known for giving out advice or for first aid during fights but their role is much more. They can also be an effective coach. Improve your own coaching too by learning to score practice rounds. This helps you keep better track of punching statistics and trends.