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Women In Boxing: New Trend Or Necessity? 0

Posted on February 21, 2020 by Bertha Garrett

More and more women have started to show an interest in boxing, and are taking part at both a pro and amateur level. There are some big stars out there like Katie Taylor fighting on the undercard of some big male fights, and people are starting to see the growth in the women’s sport. 

The benefits of boxing are clear. As a workout, there isn’t much that can beat it. Plenty of celebrity women, and women who act as role models, are also starting to take part in boxing as a workout. 

According to Andy Stenzler, Rumble Boxing CEO and Co-founder:

“Rumble is group fitness for the individual. We believe in the power of coming together to fight for a collective goal, but we also celebrate what it means to be unique. Rumble was created to shake up the stale norms of the group fitness world, and we remain committed to authenticity. Rumble is a collection of the most inspired and inspiring fitness instructors on the planet. Impressive athletes in their own regard, they step onto the podium at Rumble as part DJ, part motivational speaker, and complete Master of Ceremony. The 45 minutes that follows is an awesome orchestration of a workout engineered to the beat of custom hip-hop and house mash-ups. The music, the lights, the program, and the collective heartbeat of the room all come together”

Now let’s take a deeper look which are the pros of boxing as a workout for women.

Improved Total Body Strength 

Boxing at a good standard requires strength, and builds strength in a variety of different areas. If you go to the gym and work on one particular area of the body then you can strengthen your body in this area, but boxing works on a huge amount of the muscles in your body and on your core. This can lead to an improvement in your overall body strength.

Boxing doesn’t mean you have to turn into a bodybuilder. Instead, it provides a way to grow your body strength from head to toe.

Enhanced Cardio-Vascular Health

“Cardio” is a term that can strike fear into people. As well as working on your strength, boxing is a great way to work on your cardio and your heart health. One of the great things about boxing is that your focus is always on the fight, or the sparring you are taking part in. This means that you don’t always realise just how much exercise you are getting through.

Moving around a ring or building strength with the exercises involved in boxing can give great cardio exercise. It can be compared to high intensity interval training and other workouts that have grown in popularity.

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The 4 Greatest British Boxers of all time 0

Posted on December 12, 2019 by Varun Kumar

In recent years, there has been an increased interest in Boxing in the United Kingdom. Citizens of the UK now prefer to watch live boxing matches on the Sky website. The country has produced world champions, such as Carl Frampton, Anthony Joshua, Amir Khan and Kell Brook in recent years. To add to the list of fine boxers, here are the top 5 boxers in the history of boxing in the United Kingdom.

BRIGHTON,SUSSEX – FEBRUARY 16,1922: Ted Kid Lewis (R) lands a left punch against Tom Gummer during the fight at The Dome, ,on February 16,1922 in Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom. Ted Kid Lewis won by a KO 1. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

John “Jack” Broughton

John “Jack” Broughton was the true pioneer of modern boxing. He was the first person to codify a set of rules to be used in boxing contests. Born in the village of Baunton in Gloucestershire, Broughton left home at age 12 and made his way to Bristol where he worked at the waterside. He gained recognition as world champion after defeating Bill Greeting and Tom Pipes. In his 42 years fighting career from 1725-1767, Broughton never lost a fight. He also held the Bare’ Knuckle Championship of England for over 20 years.

He operated a boxing arena in London from 1742 until his death. His rule of pugilism was used in boxing until the London Prize Ring Rules surpassed it in 1838.

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Punching Bags – The Different Types to Select From 0

Posted on December 08, 2019 by Sujain Thomas

Sports enthusiasts need multiple practice equipment for training sessions. One of the popular sports equipment is the punching bags, which can cater to various training purposes. To know which type to invest in, you should research on the crucial types.

Are you planning to opt-in for a gym membership? If yes, then you can think about investing and using a punching bag first and then decide on the gym membership. Try and check-out the different types of punching bags available online before you invest.

  1. Freestanding punching bags

The punching bags that are free standing have a base that gets filled with either water or sand. You can move this bag quickly from one place to the other. People often keep it in the storage space, as well. The tall versions usually get designed for kicking and punching workouts. Also, there are heavy freestanding punching bags that come with a bigger base. These bags don’t shift from their place when it gets kicked. It is apt for punching and is opted in for the boxing candidates, both amateurs and professionals.

2. Jumbo or heavy-duty punching bags

Generally, pro sports enthusiasts make use of heavy-duty punching bags for heavy-duty training. The bag has an increased weight and helps to enhance muscle strength and tone. Over some time, the bag will gather strength. You can use then as hanging or freestanding bags. It is ideal if you want to train for strength and enhancing your core muscles. Soon you will be able to give the powerful hits when you practice using this punching bag. 

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45 Years Ago: The Rumble in the Jungle 1

Posted on October 30, 2019 by Dean Hybl

While the greatest victory of Muhammad Ali’s career was perhaps over the U.S. Government, it could certainly be argued that he had no greater win in the boxing ring than his victory over George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle 45 years ago on October 30, 1974.

Though the 32-year old Ali had been a great champion, he had lost more than three years at the peak of his career due to his battle with the U.S. Government and in the three years since his return to the ring had never quite reached the level of greatest displayed earlier in his career.

He had posted a 15-2 record since returning to the ring and avenged both defeats, but the undefeated 25-year old Foreman was 40-0 in his career and wasn’t just winning fights, he was demolishing opponents.

Ali’s two defeats had been to Joe Frazier and Ken Norton. Foreman’s fights with both Frazier and Norton ended in the second round. He knocked Frazier down six times before their fight was finally stopped. Norton, who had famously broken Ali’s jaw in their first fight, was knocked out by Foreman in the second round.

There are many things about the Rumble in the Jungle that are now famously part of boxing lore.

One thing that made the fight notable was that it was being fought in Zaire, Africa. Ali had fought oversees several times previously, but never in Africa.

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Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao at Risk of Brain Damage 0

Posted on July 05, 2019 by Greg Wilson

As Manny Pacquiao’s welterweight bout with Keith Thurman draws ever nearer, the spotlight begins to intensify on the Filipino as he prepares to step into the ring at the tender age of 40. You wouldn’t believe it, though, as Pacquiao doesn’t seem to have aged at all over the course of his 24-year career. But it is not the facial aesthetics that concern promoter Bob Arum, but rather the damage being done to the organ in the head we can’t see.

Arum has gone as far to say that he feels Pacquiao could be in danger of suffering brain damage if he carries on fighting. It may come across as a sensational thing to say but Arum’s comments aren’t as far fetched as one might think.

Pacquiao made his debut in 1995 and has gone on to fight 70 times, winning 61 times, losing seven and drawing twice. Over those 70 fights, even if he has come out victorious in most of them, Pacquiao has been on the receiving end of some massive blows to the head.

In particular, the Filipino’s loss to Juan Manuel Marquez came after being brutally knocked out by the Mexican in footage that is hard to watch, and this is the type of trauma to the head that Pacquiao needs to stop signing up for, according to Arum. As a father of five, perhaps Pacquiao owes it to his family to lay down the gloves once and for all after the clash with Keith Thurman.

It seems unlikely that will happen but even if it were to be the Filipino’s swansong, he has another 12 rounds left against a man that is considered one of the hardest punchers in the division. He will certainly come in for some chin music at some stage and even if the odds of Pacquiao vs Thurman indicate that the 40-year-old is the slight favorite, the Filipino’s jaw isn’t what it used to be, one sweetly timed punch and it could be all she wrote for Pacquiao on the night.

This obviously is the reality for most boxers in fights but there is a feeling now that every punch that lands square on Pacquiao’s head is putting him in harm’s way in terms of enjoying a healthy retirement at the end of an incredible career. As Bob Arum says, “go play basketball, Manny!”

He is an exceptionally popular fighter is Manny Pacquiao and the entire global boxing fraternity would like to see him with his senses intact once he eventually calls it a day. Having said that, those same fans will also be pinning for a vintage performance from Pacquiao against Thurman which does involve dropping his hands and throwing caution to the wind.

They will probably get it as well because it has always been all or nothing with the Filipino who you get the feeling subscribes to the notion of being more than happy to die trying in life. He’s one a kind type of fighter who can’t get enough of boxing but the hourglass is almost finished and its high time to think about walking away for good.

Upcoming Fights, Thoughts, Games And Boxing News – Quick Combinations 0

Posted on November 29, 2018 by Abhinav Vasudevan

Jose Pedroza will put his WBO light heavyweight crown on the line on December 8th.

Jose Pedroza will put his WBO lightweight crown on the line on December 8th.

A lot is happening in the ‘battleground’! Jump into your leisure jackets this winter as you catch up with your favorite sport covering live fights and boxing matches scheduled through Nov and Dec.

Highlights of the upcoming sports events and where to follow them are as mentioned below:

1st December 2018:

At Staples Center- Los Angeles, CA on PPV; catch Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder in the lightweight category.

  • There’s Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs Adonis Stevenson, light heavyweights to play 12 rounds at Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Canada on SHO.

  • Watch the super middleweights Alfredo Angulo vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr scuffling at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA on SHO

A week ahead, on Dec 8, you’ll see the following at the Hulu Theatre- New York on ESPN

  • Jose Pedraza vs Vasiliy Lomachenko, lightweights through 12 rounds

  • Emanuel Navarrete vs Isaac Dogboe, super bantamweights through 12 rounds

  • Mason Menard vs Teofimo Lopez, lightweights through 10 rounds

You can also watch the broadcast on HBO as the welterweights and Super Flyweights fight it out: Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes vs Cecilia Braekhus in the former category playing, 10 rounds and Pedro Guevara vs Roman Gonzalez, 10 rounds playing under the latter category. Read the rest of this entry →

  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Rocky Colavito: Super Slugger
      March 30, 2020 | 7:24 pm
      Rocky Colavito

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was just the fifth player in Major League Baseball history to have 11 straight seasons with 20 or more home runs, yet could not sustain that greatness long enough to earn a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      In some sense, the legend of Rocco “Rocky” Colavito Jr. began long before he ever started pounding home runs at the major league level.

      Born and raised as a New York Yankees fan in The Bronx, Colavito was playing semipro baseball before he was a teenager and dropped out of high school at 16 after his sophomore year to pursue a professional career. The major league rule at the time said a player could not sign with a pro team until his high school class graduated, but after sitting out for one year, Colavito was allowed to sign at age 17.

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