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How to do boxing training underwater

A lot has been said about the legend Muhammad Ali boxing training underwater, but did you know that this was a hoax? However, there are some athletes out there that do it for real and say that it is a great cardio exercise that improves… The post How to do boxing training underwater appeared first on Be happy...

A lot has been said about the legend Muhammad Ali boxing training underwater, but did you know that this was a hoax? However, there are some athletes out there that do it for real and say that it is a great cardio exercise that improves their boxing skills without adding impact on their joints.

It is considered by many as a “weird sport”, but since some people like to try out new things, it has become popular. To be able to do boxing training underwater you will need a nose plug and water goggles and you will experience boxing in an extreme way.

“While the setting is obviously very different, training underwater can actually help regular boxers become better at their own sport”, Greenville University published on their blog. 

Boxing training underwater requires strength and stamina. Can you punch underwater? Yes, you can but the resistance from the water will make it harder to achieve. It also increases cardio and lung strength since you have to hold your breath to be able to do this version of boxing. You will see that by practicing underwater boxing you will have more stamina during fights.

Why should you consider trying out boxing training underwater?

As we said above, practicing this version of boxing will help with your stamina and heart and lung strength, just as any other water sport does. In fact, instead of doing this, you can just sign up for swimming lessons for cross-training with your regular boxing classes.

However, if you try to punch underwater, you will see that your movements are much slower, because of the water resistance. If you do some shadowboxing you will be able to focus on your technique since you are boxing slowly. According to the aforementioned article, this creates more balance and power for the fights.

How do underwater boxing fights work?

Experts in this area suggest underwater boxing for those who do not want to get hit by hard punches. Underwater punches are slow and therefore you will not get hit as hard as outside the water.

“The rules for underwater boxing are pretty simple. All the rules of regular boxing still apply. Boxers have to hold their breath underwater for one minute for three rounds. In between each round, they are able to get some air before the next round. Eventually, a champion will be crowned based off those three rounds. It can be deadly to play this weird sport because one punch could possibly kill you”, says Greenville University.

Practicing underwater boxing in an endless pool

Another way to do boxing underwater is inside an endless pool. These are compact pools that allow you to swim against a smooth current that can be adjusted according to your goals. These pools are often used for lap swimming, aqua aerobics and hydrotherapy.

“Joints that were great before won’t hurt after the workout that I do in the pool,” Shakeel Phinn, an IBF and NABF North American middleweight champion said. According to him, his muscles feel a lot better after adding a workout in an endless pool, as you can read on this website.

“We did plyometrics, jumps in the water, and you can tell he’s working hard because you have to fight against the current. You have to be powerful for one minute, one minute thirty,” his trainer, Chris Pommier, explains. “It is challenging, 100 percent.”

However, this boxing trainer believes that it is not for beginners and it is also not for every boxer. “They have to be ready for it”, he considers. “They have to be working out properly first, and after they have the fundamentals, OK, let’s add the pool,” he continued.

Did Muhammad Ali train underwater?

As we said at the beginning of this post, Muhammad Ali never trained underwater and it was not his secret for becoming the great athlete he became. In fact, some sources say that he did not even know how to swim.

Don’t forget to read about this and other boxing idols of all time.

According to the website, an issue of Life magazine from September 8, 1961, featured a photo essay of Muhammad Ali boxing underwater. The article read as follows:

“Not to be bragging or anything like that,” says 19-year-old Cassius Marcellus Clay, “but they say I’m the fastest heavyweight in the ring today. That comes from punching under water.” Taking a cue from the immortal Ty Cobb, who weighed his shoes in training so that he would feel feather-footed when the season started, Clay goes into a swimming pool and, as these underwater pictures show, does a stunt of submarine shadowboxing. “You try to box hard,” he explains, “Then when you punch the same way out of water you got speed.” says that the only time Muhammad Ali ever trained underwater was for this photoshoot for Life magazine. It was just a publicity stunt that no one questioned. “It was simply accepted as part of the lore of Muhammad Ali. Until finally, around 1997, the photographer who did the photoshoot, Flip Schulke, revealed that Ali had invented the story”, the website wrote.

The story of the photos began in 1961 when Schulke was assigned to take pictures of Ali in 1961 by Sports Illustrated. When the two met, the photographer showed him pictures of underwater photography – an area of photography in which he was specialized – and the boxer told him that he just happened to be training underwater in a swimming pool because, “an old trainer up in Louisville told me that if I practice in the pool, the water resistance acts just like a weight,” he said, according to

At that moment, Ali jumped into the pool at the hotel where he was staying and started to throw punches in the water. Schulke believed him and took several photos of him, thinking that it would sound interesting to Sports Illustrated. However, they did not publish them, Life did.

Is underwater boxing something you would try yourself or not? Tell us below in the comment section!

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Top 5 boxing mouth guards and why you need to get one

Every highly-physical sport, such as boxing, requires taking safety precautions in order to avoid getting injured. One of those is to wear boxing mouth guards as a precautionary measure. In boxing, you are very exposed to accidental contact and whenever you spar or fight someone… The post Top 5 boxing mouth guards and why you need to get one appeared first on Be happy...

Every highly-physical sport, such as boxing, requires taking safety precautions in order to avoid getting injured. One of those is to wear boxing mouth guards as a precautionary measure.

In boxing, you are very exposed to accidental contact and whenever you spar or fight someone else in the ring, your mouth can become the target of your opponent’s punch. This is the main reason why boxing mouth guards are needed in this sport.

So, do boxers wear mouthguards? Yes, they do, or at least they should. Whether you are an amateur or professional, this is a necessary protective gear that is as important as your pair of boxing gloves

What are some benefits of using boxing mouth guards?

According to Boxing Ready, a mouth guard can also help those people who have the tendency to grind their teeth when making an effort. This gear can help avoid damage to the teeth. 

Additionally, the most obvious benefit is that it can prevent the boxer from losing a tooth. Yes, a punch thrown with great power can knock out an opponent’s teeth. “A slight angle change may cause its fracture, which may lead to other tooth problems in the future. Also, without a proper mouthpiece you become vulnerable to sustaining a broken jaw, and even brain injury, without the impact-absorbing quality a good boxing mouth guard is designed for”, the aforementioned website says.

In other words, boxing mouth guards protect the teeth, jaw and neck by absorbing the force of the punches and dispersing it. Therefore, it is a very good and wise decision to invest in a quality mouthpiece if you are boxing. Think about how much your teeth are worth to you and how much a mouthpiece will cost you. It is an investment that’s highly worth it.

What mouth guard is best for boxing?

There are several types of boxing mouth guards, here you can read a little bit about each type. You should note that these are over-the-counter mouthguards but you can also get custom-made mouth guards, which we will tell you about later.

Over-the-counter mouth guards are made of thin plastic and are meant to be used by a wide range of people. They come smooth, preformed in a u-shape tray and cover the entire top row of teeth.

  • Stock mouthguards: These are easy to find and ready-to-use. However, they do not fit as nicely as a professional guard does but they come in great designs and are cheaper than other options.
  • Boil and bite guards: These offer more protection than stock mouth guards and are also a little bit more expensive. They come in standard sizes but can be shaped according to the curves of your teeth and gums, therefore feel more natural.
  • Custom mouthguards: These are much more expensive but they are worth every penny because they give you more protection. How do you get a custom-fit mouthguard? You need to contact a dentist to have them made. They are super effective and can be also designed aesthetically to match your boxing personality.

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Pros and cons of over-the-counter mouth guards

The efficacy of over-the-counter mouth guards, according to 123 Dentists, will depend on how intensely you grind your teeth; the amount of outside force that is applied to the face; the thickness of the mouthpiece itself; if it was moulded properly after it was boiled; if they are able to stay on the teeth even when the mouth is open.

Some pros:

  • Affordable
  • Easy to buy
  • Relatively quick to fit


  • Not suitable for violent teeth grinders
  • Do not last very long
  • Can be ill-fitting
  • Less able to withstand forces during sports

Pros and cons of custom-fit mouth guards

These are mouth guards that can only be obtained through a dentist. He or she will make a mould from your teeth and create a mouthpiece that suits you perfectly.


  • Best protection available
  • Extremely durable
  • Can both protect teeth and alleviate jaw tension


  • Can be expensive
  • Requires a dentist appointment

How should a boxing mouth guard fit?

There are a few things you can check to be sure that your mouth guard fits properly into your mouth. Gladiator Guards recommends the following:

  1. Be sure the mouthpiece for boxing does not make you gag. To avoid this, the mouthguard should not touch the soft palate. There is also a myth that the mouth guard has to cover completely all of the upper teeth but it is false.
  2. You do not need to bite to keep the mouth guard in place. If you have to bite or clench so that the mouthpiece does not fall out, then it is not fitting properly.
  3. It must fit over part of your gums. Your gums also need protection from lacerations and the mouth guard also protects the roots of the teeth. Therefore, a properly-fit mouthpiece should cover part of your gums.
  4. You should be able to speak clearly. If you talk and can speak and breathe just fine then your mouth guard has a perfect fit. If you have trouble breathing or speaking, then this is not the right mouthpiece for you. You should even be able to drink normally.
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5 best mouthpieces for boxing

You can find over-the-counter mouth guards from $7 and up, however, custom-made ones can cost anywhere from $100 and $700! Here we have gathered for you the top five over-the-counter mouth guards on Amazon, check them out!

  1. Venum Challenger Mouthguard

This mouth guard by Venum comes in 13 different colors. It is designed with a Nexfit Gel Frame that provides better adjustment and comfort. Its advanced design is perfect for better breathing during the fight. It also comes with a high-density rubber frame that gives better shock management and top protection.

Check this product on Amazon.

2. Shock Doctor Mouthguard

This another top product you can find today for protecting your teeth. Shock Doctor Mouthguard is made of gel-fit liner technology and it is easy-to-fit and it molds to your teeth and gums which provides extended use.

You can choose from 16 different colors depending on your personal taste. In addition, it has integrated breathing channels that make it easy to breathe while wearing the guard. A heavy-duty Exoskeletal Shock Frame provides full mouth protection during the hardest impacts, protects cheek and tongue, teeth grinding, and secures teeth in place.

Check this product on Amazon.

3. Shock Doctor Pro Mouthguard

This is another product from Shock Doctor that will guard your teeth in boxing. This one comes in only one color but is suitable not only for boxing but also for football, basketball, lacrosse, hockey, MMA, boxing, jiu jitsu and much more.

This is a mouthpiece that requires boiling before using but it will give you a comfortable fit. It can also be reformed as needed. Its shock-absorption technology will protect you against impact, even if you have braces, and it comes with a $10,000 dental guarantee!

Check this product on Amazon.

4. Everlast Evershield Double Mouthguard

Everlast always has great products for boxing and the Evershield Double Mouthguard is another one of them. It is designed with a double-layered frame and an inner shock-absorbent layer that combined provides perfect protection.

It is also engineered for both upper and lower jaw protection and it can be boiled and bitten for a custom, tight and comfortable fit. Its center breath channel allows for unobstructed airflow. You can choose between grey, red or pink colors.

Check this product on Amazon.

5. Redline Sportswear Custom Molded Mouthguard with case

From Redline you can get this great custom-molded mouth guard with its case that works great for both children and adults. Boil it and get a comfortable fit and also choose from white, red, blue, yellow, grey, green, and pink colors.

It is designed with a dual-layer gel lining and the case will assure your mouthpiece will be protected from bacteria, dirt and possible damage.

Check this product on Amazon.

Do you use a mouth guard when you are boxing? Which brand do you use or did you have it custom-made with a dentist? Tell us in the comments below!

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Boxing glossary and terms you need to learn

Every boxer needs to know the language of the ring. Not only to know what everyone is talking about but also to get familiarized with the terminology and what things mean. This is why we have decided to give you this boxing glossary where you… The post Boxing glossary and terms you need to learn appeared first on Be happy...

Every boxer needs to know the language of the ring. Not only to know what everyone is talking about but also to get familiarized with the terminology and what things mean. This is why we have decided to give you this boxing glossary where you will find terms related to the sport you probably didn’t know their meaning.

We have taken some terms from Title Boxing’s own boxing dictionary, so if you want to see more meanings, head over there!

  • Accidental Butt: This occurs when accidentally the heads of two fighters collide. If it is determined that it was an accident and non-intentional, there is no penalization.
  • Amateur Boxing: These consist of boxing matches where the participants are not paid, such as the Olympics.
  • Apron: There is a section of the boxing ring canvas that extends outside the ring ropes. These are referred to as “apron”.
  • Backpedal: When you retreat or move backward from an opponent while still facing him to avoid an attack.
  • Be First: This is an instruction from your coach which means that he wants you to throw punches before your opponent does. 
  • Bell: It is the signal that indicates the start and end of each round.
  • Below the Belt: Any punch that stays below the waistband of a boxer’s trunks is referred to as below the belt.
  • Bleeder: A boxer who gets cut easily.
  • Bob and Weave: These are side to side and rolling movements used for defense.
  • Body Work: An offensive method of attack that targets the opponent’s midsection. The intent is to wear him down.
  • Bolo Punch: It is a punch that is thrown in a circular motion and used to distract the opponent.
  • Bout: A word used to describe a boxing match.
  • Brawler: A fighter who likes to exchange punches.
  • Break: This is a command used by a boxing referee to separate the fighters.
  • Catch-Weight: This is a fight where fighters have not adhered to a traditional weight division but have agreed to a predetermined weight to compete.
  • Check Hook: This is a punch that is thrown like a traditional hook but involves simultaneously stepping back and timing the opponent as he comes forward. 
  • Chief Second: Coach or trainer who is in charge of the corner. 
  • Clinch: When two fighters grab onto each other to prevent an exchange.
  • Combination: Or combos. These are a series of punches thrown in succession.
  • Corkscrew Punch: This is a punch thrown in an overhand, arching motion that twists on impact. The intention is to cause a cut.
  • Cornerman: This is the person who tends to a fighter between rounds.
  • Counterpunch: Any punch that is thrown in return or comes back as a response to an offensive move.
  • Cover-Up: This is a defensive move employed by a fighter to avoid getting hit. They will hide behind their gloves to avoid an attack.
  • Cross: A power punch that is thrown with the rear hand and travels across the fighter’s body.
  • Cruiserweight: This is one of professional boxing’s weight divisions where any boxer that weighs 200 pounds or less can participate.
  • Cutting-off-the-Ring:  A technique that involves limiting an opponent’s movement by stepping side to side, not allowing him to move freely around the ring. 
  • Dive: This is when one fighter purposely goes down for the count or pretends to be knocked out.
  • Down and Out: This is when a boxer is knocked down and fails to get up before the referee counts to ten.
  • Draw: This occurs when the rounds are scored so close that no winner is declared.
  • Duck: Dropping your weight down and under a punch to avoid being hit by it.
  • Eight Count: A referee will count to eight when a fighter is knocked down. This is to give him time to recover.
  • Enswell: This is a tool to reduce swelling and stop bleeding if someone gets cut during a fight. It is made of stainless steel, cooled on ice and applied with pressure on the injured area to slow blood flow.
  • Faded: This is a fighter who is not performing at his best anymore and runs out of energy after the second round.
  • Feint: This consists of doing a fake punch to get the opponent off his game.
  • Flash Knockdown: This describes a quick knockdown where there is no significant damage.
  • Foul: A foul occurs when a fighter breaks the rules in boxing.
  • Fringe Contender: A low-ranking fighter that is not much of a threat.
  • Gatekeeper: A fighter that is not a threat to become a champion.
  • Glass Jaw: This is a fighter that gets knocked out easily.
  • Groin Protector: A protective gear that is typically made of fabric and foam and fits around a fighter’s waist to protect his hips, upper abdomen and groin area against punches.
  • Hand Wraps: These are worn on the hands and wrists to protect them when training and fighting.
  • Haymaker: A punch that is thrown with full force out of desperation with the intent to knock the opponent down.
  • Head Butt: When two fighter’s heads collide or come together.
  • Head Hunting:  This is a boxer who focuses on striking his opponent in the head and face and ignores body punching.
  • Heavyweight: This is another professional boxing competition where fighters are over 200 lbs.
  • Hook: A punch thrown with the lead or front hand and is delivered in a semi-circular pattern.
  • Infighting: This is a fight where close-range punches are exchanged.
  • Jab: The jab is a punch that is thrown with your front hand and delivered straight at your opponent.
  • Knockdown: When an opponent is struck and falls to the ring floor. It also occurs when his glove or knee touches the canvas after being hit. 
  • Knockout/KO: This is when a fighter is rendered unconscious and is unable to continue fighting.
  • Lead Right: A lead right is delivered in place of a lead jab, but is harder to execute because it has to travel across the distance of a fighter’s body to land, so it has to be thrown quickly and catch an opponent off-guard.
  • Light Flyweight: A professional boxing competition where any boxer weighing 108 lbs. or less can compete in.
  • Light Heavyweight: Professional boxing competition where those who weight 175 lbs. or less can compete in.
  • Light Middleweight: Another professional boxing competition where any boxer weighing 154 lbs. or less can compete in.
  • Light Welterweight: Professional boxing competition where boxers weighing 140 lbs. or less can compete in.
  • Lineal Champion: This is the boxer who wins a title directly from the fighter who had won it before him.
  • Low Blow: This is any punch that is thrown or strays below the waistband of a boxer’s trunks. It is considered illegal.
  • Mauler: This describes a fighter that likes to fight wildly and use rough tactics.
  • Middleweight: A professional boxing competition where any boxer weighing 160 lbs. or less can compete in.
  • Minimumweight: Any boxer weighing 105 lbs. or less can compete in this category.
  • Mouse: A bump or isolated area of swelling on a fighter’s face.
  • Mouth Guard: This is a very important piece of protective equipment that is constructed of a dense rubber material, molded to a fighter’s mouth to protect his teeth, gums and jaw from injury.
  • Neutral Corner:  Each fighter is assigned a corner: blue or red. The remaining two are neutral and are where they are sent to if he knocked the opponent down.
  • No-Decision: When it has been pre-determined by both fighters that a particular fight will not go on their records.
  • On the Ropes: Whether purposely, as a defensive technique, or he is forced to fight from this position by a more aggressive opponent, a fighter who lays against the ring ropes is considered “on the ropes.”
  • Orthodox: A right-handed fighter or one who leads with a left jab and uses his back, or right hand, as his cross.
  • Outpoint: This occurs when a boxer outscores his opponent by landing more punches each round.
  • Outside Fighter: Boxers who prefer to fight from the outside, typically behind a long jab.
  • Overhand:  A punch that is delivered in an arching motion, traveling downward on the opponent.
  • Parry: This is when you not block an incoming punch and also re-direct it away from your body.
  • Paw: When you don’t fully commit to a punch and throw it without any real intent to land. It can also be a test.
  • Peek-A-Boo: It is a fighting style where the hands are placed high in front of the face, providing a lot of angles to confuse the opponent.
  • Picking-off Punches: A term used when punches are blocked or redirected before they land. 
  • Play Possum: This is when a fighter acts like he is hurt or tired in an attempt to lure his opponent in and carelessly leave himself open.
  • Plodder: A heavy-footed, slow fighter who consistently moves forward.
  • Pound-for-Pound: This is a  term used to describe a fighter’s skill level regardless of the weight category.
  • Pull: A defensive move where a fighter leans away from or pulls back from to avoid being hit.
  • Pull Counter:  This is a type of defensive-counterpunch combination used against a fighter who takes the lead and throws a jab first.
  • Pull Your Punches: When a punch is not delivered at full force but held back.
  • Punch Mitts: A pair of foam pads that a boxing trainer wears on his hands to provide moving targets for his boxer. 
  • Rabbit Punch: This is any punch that is delivered to the back of another fighter’s head. It is an illegal blow.
  • Ringside: A position in the front row or right next to the boxing ring.
  • Roadwork: This term applies to running, jogging or sprinting that fighters do in cardiovascular preparation for a boxing match. 
  • Roll with the Punches: The ability to move with a punch to reduce its impact.
  • Rope-a-Dope: When you maintain a defensive posture on the ropes in an attempt to outlast or tire your opponent.
  • Roughhousing: When an opponent uses questionable and rough offensive tactics.
  • Rubber Match: When two fighters have fought twice, each having won one of the previous matches and this third fight will decide who is the best.
  • Shadow Boxing:  A type of training or warm-up exercise used to describe when a fighter observes his shadow or his reflection in a mirror, against an imaginary opponent, in order to review his technique. 
  • Shifting: An offensive technique where you change your lead foot, shifting your weight to gain more power.
  • Shoe Shine: A series of flashy punches in quick succession that look impressive but do little damage.
  • Shopworn: This refers to a fighter who has taken too much punishment or suffered too much wear and tear on his body over the course of his career.
  • Shoulder Roll: A defensive move where a fighter leaves his front arm low and drapes it across his midsection so that when his opponent throws a punch he can use his shoulder to block or roll with it. 
  • Slip: When you move your head to avoid getting hit.
  • Southpaw: A left-handed fighter or someone who is left hand dominant.
  • Spar: This is used for training and preparation in the gym where you train against an opponent.
  • Spit Bucket: The bucket or container a corner uses to carry their supplies but is primarily used between rounds for the fighter to spit excess water.
  • Stablemate: When two fighters train in the same gym and fight for the same manager or promoter.
  • Stick and Move: This is an offensive style of fighting that incorporates a great deal of movement, punching and moving constantly.
  • Stylist: This is a fighter who uses skill and technique more than power.
  • Sucker Punch: A punch thrown at an unsuspecting victim or after the bell has sounded.
  • Super Middleweight: Any boxer weighing 168 lbs. or less can compete in this weight division.
  • Technical Decision: When a fight is stopped early due to a cut or disqualification.
  • Technical Draw: When a bout is stopped early and the scores are even.
  • Technical Knockout: A technical knockout, or TKO, is the ending of a fight, determined by the referee, because of one of the fighter’s inability to continue.
  • Throw in the Towel: When a fighter’s corner tosses a towel into the ring in order to stop the fight. It is a sign of surrendering.
  • Toe-to-Toe: When two fighters don’t back down, stand directly in front of each other and exchange punches.
  • Trial Horse: This refers to a fighter who is used as a test for an up-and-coming fighter to gauge his ability or readiness to step-up in class. It is usually a tough fighter.
  • Tying-Up:  A type of defensive technique used when a fighter clinches or locks his opponent’s arms against his body so that they cannot throw punches in return. 
  • Uppercut: A punch thrown in an upward fashion, up the middle of a fighter’s guard, intended to make an impact on the point of his chin.
  • Weight Class: These are the professional division in boxing that are divided according to their weight. 
  • Welterweight: A professional boxing where any boxer can weigh 140lbs. or less.

Did we miss one of the boxing terms you were looking for? Teel us in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list! Also, don’t forget to read our last list of our favorite boxing idols of all time!

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What should I wear for boxing?

“What should I wear for boxing?” “If I’m a woman, perhaps leggings?” “And for a man, are sweatpants a good option?” These are some of the questions beginner boxers sometimes ask themselves before joining a boxing gym. We have some suggestions for you in this… The post What should I wear for boxing? appeared first on Be happy...

“What should I wear for boxing?” “If I’m a woman, perhaps leggings?” “And for a man, are sweatpants a good option?” These are some of the questions beginner boxers sometimes ask themselves before joining a boxing gym. We have some suggestions for you in this article, so keep reading!

What should I wear for boxing training?

First of all, let’s talk about tops. Whether you are a male or female boxer, you need to wear something that will stay in place and is not too loose. The reason? Your boxing gloves. Once you have them on, it will be difficult to tuck in clothes or change if you feel something about your clothes is bothering you.

For men, according to Boxing Life, a tight sports tech t-shirt will be ideal, or a top tank. If you feel like you sweat a lot, a compression top will help with that. As for women, you will need a sports bra since there will be a lot of upper body movement taking place in boxing. A sports tech top is also a great option.

Some boxers like to wear shirts or sweatshirts that have the sleeves cut off to allow the shoulders to move unrestricted and to have the top come off easily if they are still wearing gloves.

What do you wear for boxing for the bottom part of your body? Remember that in boxing training you will not only be throwing punches, but you will also have an entire warm-up and conditioning part that involves jumping rope, burpees, running and more. Therefore, you need to be comfortable.

Also, you will not want your shorts to fall down when squatting and embarrass yourself in front of everyone present, right? So, a recommendation for men is to wear comfortable sport shorts and compression shorts or leggings underneath to help with the sweat and in case you believe that the shorts might come loose. For boxing women, workout shorts or leggings are great options.

Professional boxers usually wear long shorts that have a loose-fitting in the legs and high waisted with a thick elastic. However, it is rare to see them train with this attire, they will most likely use it in fights.

What shoes and socks to wear?

The next question is probably “what should I wear for boxing regarding shoes and socks? Sport or compression socks are the best. They will help avoid blisters and will feel very comfortable during boxing practice.

As for shoes, if you are planning on doing this sport for a long time, invest in good boxing shoes. They provide the best support for the movements and footwork you will be doing, which is something that regular rubber shoes do not do.

Nonetheless, Boxing Insider says that the appropriate footwear will depend on the type of floor surface where you are training. “If you are in a traditional boxing gym with concrete and canvas, please wear shoes! Boxing shoes are available in all different styles, and wrestling shoes are a good alternative if you cannot obtain boxing shoes. Regular athletic shoes can also be used depending on the type of tread. Hiking shoes will not work”, they explain. 

Finally, don’t forget your handwraps! You do not want to have sore knuckles after a boxing session or get hurt. Check out this video by Expert Boxing where they explain how to wrap your hands and wrists properly:

What can I wear to a boxing match?

There is a boxing match coming up and you are going as a spectator but you have no idea what the dress code is like? Don’t worry. We have gathered several tips that Sports Rec published on their blog about what to wear to a boxing competition.

The first thing you need to figure out is the scale of the event. Is it a small match in a local gym or is it taking place in a large stadium? Then, the location of the tickets you purchased will also give you hints about what the appropriate clothes will be. “Front row seats for a title fight typically draw very formal dress while a local youth event is often semi-formal or casual”, they explained. 

Amateur and youth league fights are typically informal. Women spectators can wear casual attire, such as jeans and a shirt. College fights have a mixed attire, but front-row seats require more of a semi-formal dress code and heels are ok. Professional title fights are typically formal, especially for the first few rows.

As for men, jeans and a collared shirt will do for youth and amateur fights. College-level fights are also semi-formal and you can see some men wearing suits (but it also depends on the venue). Fights that take place in casinos will require more formal wear, as well as professional fights, where slacks and a collared shirt or a suit are seen often.

What should I wear for boxing if I am one of the fighters?

If you are boxing in a match, the dress code is consistent on most levels with a standard uniform. Female competitors wear a sports bra, boxing trunks and boxing shoes. They wear hand wraps, gloves and a mouthguard as well. Amateur boxers are required to wear head protection.

Men boxers usually wear boxing trunks, no shirt, boxing shoes, gloves and a mouthguard. Also, amateur boxers wear head protection and sometimes a sleeveless shirt. For both men and women, it is common for them to wear a hooded robe before entering the ring.

Finally, whether you are training or competing, if you have long hair you will want to keep it off your face (this goes for men and women). You do not want to have the hair on your face and keep you from seeing your opponent and end up getting hit in the face. Also, when wearing gloves, it can be very difficult (or impossible) to remove the hair from your face.

What do you like to wear for boxing? Tell us in the comments below!

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11 boxing idols of all time [part 3]

Since we love to look at other boxers to get inspired, we have come again with the third list of 11 boxing idols of all time. Whenever you want some motivation or simply learn about the history of the sport and who have been the… The post 11 boxing idols of all time [part 3] appeared first on Be happy...

Since we love to look at other boxers to get inspired, we have come again with the third list of 11 boxing idols of all time. Whenever you want some motivation or simply learn about the history of the sport and who have been the best and famous boxers on the planet, you need to keep reading!

Check out the first and second part of the boxing idols series and don’t forget to leave a comment below if we left one of your idols in boxing out!

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury, also known as Gypsy King and The Furious One is a professional boxer from England. He is a two-time heavyweight world champion and was ranked by ESPN as the world’s best active heavyweight. He has represented Ireland and England in the ring.

Born in 1988, three months premature and weighing only one pound, he was named after Mike Tyson, the then-undefeated heavyweight world champion. When he was ten years old, he started boxing, trained by his father until 2011 when he was jailed.

His father used to be a professional boxer, as well as one of his half-brothers and several cousins. He has suffered from mental health issues that have led to alcoholism, extreme weight gain and recreational drug use. Because of this, he vacated his WBA, WBO and IBO titles in 2016 and The Ring magazine’s heavyweight championship title in 2018.

His comeback occurred later that year, motivated by Deontay Wilder who had said publicly that “Fury was done”. The fight against the two boxers took place and Fury won.

Gennady Golovkin

Born in 1982, Gennady Golovkin is one of the favorite boxers of all time. He is from Kazakhstan and a two-time world middleweight champion. In 2018, The Ring named him the #1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world and in 2019, he was ranked the world’s best active middleweight by BoxRec and second by The Ring magazine.

This fighter is best known for his powerful and precise punching. Also, for his great balance and methodical movement in the ring. He was encouraged by his two older brothers to start boxing at the age of eight. They would all go out in the streets and pick fights with other people. Tragically, both of his older brothers died in 1990 and 1994 while serving with the Soviet Army.

He joined the boxing gym at the age of ten with Victor Dmitriev as his coach. When he was 11, he entered his first boxing competition and won the Karaganda Regional tournament in the cadet division. Several years later, he was accepted to the Kazakh National Boxing Team and started to compete internationally.

Golovkin graduated from Karagandy State University Athletics and Sports Department, receiving a degree, and a PE teacher qualification.

Canelo Álvarez

Another one of the fan-favorite boxers is Mexican Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán, better known as Canelo Álvarez. He is a professional boxer and a four-division world champion. Since 2018 he has held the unified WBA, WBC The Ring and lineal middleweight titles.

In boxing, he is known for being an excellent counterpuncher and take advantage of openings in his opponents’ guards. He is also a great body puncher. Since November 2019, he is ranked as the best active boxer in the world, pound for pound.

Álvarez was born in 1990 in Guadalajara, Mexico and grew up on a farm where he learned horseback riding. He is the youngest of eight children, seven of them are boys. They all became professional boxers too, some of them even became champions.

His nickname Canelo comes from the Spanish word “cinnamon”. It was given to him because of his red hair. He began boxing at the age of 13, inspired by his brother Rigoberto. He won a silver medal in 2004 at the Junior Mexican National Championships in Sinaloa, and in 2005 he became Junior Mexican Boxing Champion.

Deontay Wilder

Another favorite boxer for many is Deontay Wilder. He was born in 1985 in Alabama and held the WBC heavyweight title from 2015 to 2020. In February this year, he was ranked as the world’s third-best active heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.

However, Deontay started to box late at the age of 20, compared to other boxing idols who usually start when they are very young. In 2008 as an amateur, he won a bronze medal in the Summer Olympics and earned his nickname “The Bronze Bomber”. 

This boxer is mostly known for great punching power and to have knocked out every opponent he has ever faced, except Tyson Fury.

He has eight children and confessed to having suffered in the past from depression.

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua was born in 1989 and he is an English professional boxer. He is also a two-time unified heavyweight champion. In 2011 he won a silver medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in the super-heavyweight division as an amateur. He also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics where he won a gold medal.

In 2014, having turned professional, he was named Prospect of the Year by The Rind magazine. As of February 2020, he is ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight by BoxRec and second by The Ring magazine and Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.

His mother is Nigerian and his father is of Nigerian and Irish descent. He spent some time in Nigeria as a child where he attended boarding school. He returned to the UK when he was 12. Even though he had a late start in boxing, he was always practicing sports. He excelled at football and athletics when he was young. Joshua began boxing in 2007 when he was 18.

Naoya Inoue

Another one of the boxing idols on our list is from Japan. Naoya Inoue was born in 1993 and he is a three-weight world champion and, at the moment, a unified bantamweight world champion.

One of his nicknames is “Monster” because of his amazing punching power and body attacks. His knock-out ratio is 84%. As an amateur, he won the Japanese Interscholastic Athletic Meeting and the Japanese Junior National Championships in 2009. In 2010 he won the bronze medal in the Asian Youth Championships in Tehran, Iran, and won the Japanese Junior Selection Tournament.

As a professional boxer since 2012, he signed an agreement to never fight “easy” opponents. He is ranked since December 2019, as the world’s best active bantamweight by BoxRec and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB). In addition, he is also ranked as the world’s second-best active boxer, pound for pound, by the TBRB, third by The Ring and fourth by ESPN.

Terence Crawford

Born in 1987, Terence Crawford is another great boxer on our list. He is from Nebraska and has held multiple world championships in three weight classes. He also became the first boxer to simultaneously hold all four major world titles in boxing (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO) since Jermain Taylor in 2005. Currently, Terence ranks as the world’s second-best active boxer, pound for pound by BoxRec and ESPN.

Crawford started boxing at the age of seven and fought 70 official amateur bouts. Before the 2008 Olympics took place, he won three amateur tournaments. However, he did not make it to the event after losing to Sadam Ali.

In March 2008, he became professional. He is known for his fast hand speed, punching power and defense skills. Also, for his counter-punching and switching from orthodox to southpaw abilities.

In September 2016 he was found guilty of criminal mischief and trespassing and was charged with theft of services, criminal mischief and third-degree assault and trespassing at a local car body shop. He was then sentenced to 90 days in jail. 

Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Usyk is a Ukrainian professional boxer born in 1987. Until he vacated his titles, he was the undisputed cruiserweight champion from July 2018 to March 2019. He was also the first cruiserweight ever to hold all four major world championships (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO).

He also won several championships as an amateur. In 2011 at the World Championships and in 2012 in the Olympics in the heavyweight division where he won gold. As of December 2019, he is ranked as the world’s fifth active boxer, pound for pound, by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and The Ring and sixth by ESPN.

Usyk was born in Ukraine and played association football until he was 15. He switched to boxing in 2002 and also graduated from Lviv State University of Physical Culture.

Errol Spence Jr.

Next on our list is Errol Spence Jr. He is an American professional boxer and a unified welterweight champion. He also represented the United States at the 2012 Olympics reaching the quarter-finals.

As an amateur, he won the US National Golden Gloves and also the national amateur welterweight championships from 2009 to 2011. He turned pro in 2012 at 22 years old and made his debut at the Fantasy Springs Casino.

This boxer is of Jamaican descent and was born in New York. In 2019 he was involved in a car accident and had to be hospitalized in the intensive care unit. He was driving his Ferrari at a very high speed when he lost control of the vehicle and flipped multiple times. He was ejected from the car since he was not wearing a seat belt. He had several facial lacerations but no broken bones. After being discharged six days later from the hospital he was charged with a DWI.

Mikey Garcia

Mikey Garcia or Miguel Ángel García Cortez is a professional boxer from California. He was born in 1987 and has held multiple world championships in four weight classes. He is ranked as the world’s tenth best active boxer, pound for pound, by ESPN, and also as the world’s best active light-weight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, TBRB.

Garcia was born to Mexican parents and his father was also an amateur boxer and trainer of Fernando Vargas, a world boxing champion. His older brother, Roberto, was also a professional boxer and a former IBF Super Featherweight Champion. The oldest one of his brothers was also a boxer and a trainer.

He began his amateur career at 14 and won a silver medal at the National Junior Olympic Championships. He won a gold medal at the National Junior Golden Gloves Championships and a silver medal at the National Police Athletic League Championships.

Garcia is known as a patient fighter and also for his punching power. He also likes to switch to southpaw every now and then, despite being right-handed. In 2006, he became a professional fighter and was undefeated in his first 20 encounters. He has also promoted brain damage prevention along with other athletes.

Archie Moore

Finally, last on our list is one of the most favorite boxers of all time, Archie Moore. Born in 1916, he was an American professional boxer. He was also the longest-reigning World light heavyweight champion of all time from December 1952 to May 1962.

He competed from 1935 to 1963, making him one of the professional boxers with the longest careers in this sport. His nickname was “The Mongoose” and then “The Old Mongoose” when he got older.

Moore was a strategical and defensive boxer and he is in the fourth place of The Ring magazine’s “100 greatest punchers of all time”. After he retired, he became a trainer for a short period of time, training Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and James Tillis, to name a few.

This boxer was born in Mississippi and grew up in poverty. He was also a victim of racism during his career and became an important figure in the African American community. In addition to boxing, he established himself as an actor in television and film.

He passed away at 81 years old in his home in San Diego, California.

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How often should I train for boxing?

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If you started with this sport, you may be wondering “how often should I train for boxing?” The answer is “it depends on your objectives”.

You could be training to lose weight or body fat, or maybe to improve your physical condition. Some people box to gain muscle and tone up, others to relieve stress. There are boxers who love the sport because it allows them to practice cardio and get in shape. Therefore, to answer this question for you, you need to know what you are looking to get out of training.

Even though you may have started to practice boxing just for fun, we are sure that as time goes by you will want to improve your technique and also develop more endurance. However, this requires discipline and motivation (for which we have a list of great boxing movies and quotes you need to check out).

Besides determining how often to train for boxing, you need to always give your all in training, whether it is at your home boxing gym on your own or at a boxing club. In addition to that, you will need to get the appropriate rest time between sessions, maintain a healthy diet and learn and practice the technique.

How often should you train in boxing?

Boxers that train at an elite level usually do it from three to five hours each time they go to the gym and their routine looks somewhat like this, according to information from Super Prof:

  1. Footwork: 30 minutes to 1 hour
  2. Warming up: 30 minutes
  3. Punching bag and speed bag: 30 minutes to 1 hour
  4. Glovework/exercises to work on technique: 30 minutes
  5. Shadowboxing or sparring: 30 minutes
  6. Strength training and physical conditioning: 30 minutes to 1 hour
  7. Stretching and abs: 30 minutes

Boxers who are just starting out at the sport can do similar routines but they may not be able to hold some of the exercises for as long. However, the key in every discipline is to gradually progress.

Exercises that require an excellent physical condition can be done first for 15 minutes each and then gradually increase the time. Jumping rope is another exercise that will help you improve in boxing. Read some of its benefits here.

How often should i train for boxing

However, don’t forget that you should know what your limits are and stick to them, otherwise you could get injured. And it is your own body who will decide what those limits are, so learn to listen to it and don’t go beyond its capabilities. “You will progress faster by gradually gaining in flexibility, muscle tone and power… than by burning out, turning yourself off the sport, or getting injured”, Super Prof says.

Expert Boxing also explains how many times per week fighters usually train. Those who are competing, usually train about three to five hours five times a week. So, if you were a competitive boxer and you are asking yourself “how often should I train for boxing?”, your workout routine would be something like this:

  1. Roadwork: 30 minutes to an hour
  2. Warm-up: 30 minutes
  3. Bag work: 30 minutes to an hour
  4. Focus mitts and/or skill work, drills: 30 minutes
  5. Sparring: 30 minutes
  6. Strength & conditioning: one hour
  7. Cooldown and crunches: 30 minutes

Maximum performance work

In boxing, you only have about an hour of maximum performance work. This means that you can sustain a high-intensity work out for a certain period of time before it becomes endurance work. In other words, “you have to save the best of yourself for the most important part of the day. This might be sparring (if it’s a sparring day) or drills and skill work or for strength and conditioning. It’s up to you. But you can’t expect to deliver six rounds of hard sparring AND record-breaking sets of strength and conditioning”, Expert Boxing says.

Additionally, as we said before, do not pay attention to what others in the gym are doing, concentrate on your body, your limits and your own progress. If you force yourself you could overtrain and get injured.

Can I train boxing every day?

Another question that sometimes is asked along “how often should I train for boxing?” is “can I train boxing every day?” The quick answer is YES, but you need to combine intense workouts with less intense ones appropriately. Short Boxing says that if you only do intense workouts your body will not have enough time to recover and you will begin to feel tired all of the time. 

“You will start feeling tired and will start suffering from things like persistent muscle soreness, lack of motivation, insomnia, etc., which are the main symptoms of overtraining”, they explain.

If you do decide to train every day, combine intense workouts with light workouts where you only do cardio, shadow boxing or cross-training. However, take into consideration the following if you are considering training every single day:

How often to train for boxing

Nutrition is important

Boxing will require a lot of energy from you, therefore you will be burning calories all the time. To help your body recover, you need a healthy diet or your workouts will be affected. This diet should include the right amounts of protein, carbs and fats. Check out our post on how to eat like a boxer and consult with a health professional who will also evaluate your current condition. The days you are doing more intense work you can add 250 – 350 more calories to your diet.

Conditioning work

Besides training at the gym, you should combine with exercises that will improve your performance in the ring, such as doing sprints, running, swimming and light exercises for the days of light training.

Give your body enough time to recover

Overtraining will slow your progress down. Muscle soreness and fatigue are some of the things that will contribute to slow progress and also loss of muscle mass. Punching power? No, you will have no punching power at all if you are fatigued.

For all these reasons, it is important for you to take time to recover from training. If you want to work out every single day, it is fine, as long as you do not do intense workouts every one of those days. However, how about taking at least one day off? There’s much more to do in life than just boxing!

should i train boxing every day

Stretching is just as important

You need to stretch your body before and after training. When you do it before, you warm up your muscles for what is about to happen. It also decreases the chances of getting injured and having muscle soreness after. 

After you finished working out, stretch again as a way to cool down and alleviate stress on the muscles. You will rest and recover better if you stretch, we guarantee it.

Don’t train the same group of muscles

Your muscles need up to 48 hours to recover after an intense workout. Therefore, it is not good to train the same muscle group for two or more days in a row. You can do exercises for your upper body one day, and heavy bag work the next, and maybe legs on the third day, and upper body again on the fourth, and so on.

Get enough sleep

When you train every day, your body will need more sleep than someone who doesn’t train every day in order to recover properly. This means that 7 or 8 hours won’t be enough and you will need about 9 hours of sleep as an athlete. So, go to sleep earlier and turn off TV, cell phone and any technology one hour before going to bed so that you can unwind and relax better.

Drink enough water

Your body requires at least two liters of water every day to be balanced. This will also help energize your muscles and also eliminate toxins.

How much do professional boxers train?

We have told you about an average person training time and explain a little bit how often do professionals train during the week. However, here are some ideas of how a professional boxer does it:

  • Floyd Mayweather: 
    • Cardio exercises for warming up;
    • At least 2 hours of sparring and technical work;
    • Several hours of heavy bag work;
    • Skipping rope;
    • For the less intensive days: swimming, jogging, yoga.
    • Saturdays; ring strategy.
    • Sundays: rest day.

  • Antony Joshua:
    • Cardio early in the morning;
    • Strength exercises;
    • Sparring in the evening;
    • Heavy bag work

How often do you train in boxing and what would you recommend others? Tell us in the comment section!

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