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Boxers To Look Out For In 2018

There’s some exciting boxers that are young, hungry and already making a name for themselves. Boxing has got it’s excitement back. There are many big fights in 2018 already confirmed like Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker and the rematch of GGG vs Canelo as well as the return of heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury.

We’re going to take a look at some of the boxers that are out to make a name for themselves and have started already started 2018 with a bang. The boxers featured in this list are super talented, hard working and they will go very far.

These are our top boxers to look out for in 2018.

Isaac Chamberlain (@ichamberlain_)

This British cruiserweight is going to go places. He’s in his early 20’s so he still has many years ahead of him but he has had many big fights already. He had another big test against British prospect Lawerence Okolie when he headlined the O2.

Isaac had a tough upbringing born and brought up in Brixton, London; gang violence was a regular occurrence in Brixton but he overcame that and focused on boxing instead. And he has a bright future ahead of him.

During his fight against Wadi Camacho in 2016 he actually dislocated his shoulder and then popped it back into place and went on to win the fight. This just goes on to show the determination and tenacity. He’s got the heart of a champion. It was in this fight he also won the BBBofC Southern Area cruiserweight title.

Gervonta Davis (@gervontaa)

Signed to Mayweather Promotions, Floyd Mayweathers promotion company. Gervonta is in the super featherweight division and has already learnt a lot from his mentor Floyd Mayweather. Nicknamed Tank, he has a ton of power and has 18 knockouts already from 19 fights. For a super featherweight that is impressive.

What’s even more impressive is he’s only 23. The best is yet to come from him.

Tank has great knockout power and is very explosive.  He’s knocked out opposition like Liam Walsh, Mario Macias and Hector Lopez.

Lomachenko has called out Gervonta and wants a match up with him, if this match will come to fruition in 2018 we don’t know, but what we do know is it will be an exciting fight when it does happen.

Joe Joyce (@joejoyce_1)

A big man standing at 6″6 and signed with David Haye’s Hayemaker Ringstar. Joe Joyce has a very promising future having won his first professional fight last year and also doing really well as an amateur.

He won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and won gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He is pretty athletic as well have a keen interest in track and field.

He’s planning to fight heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora in 2018 and a deal already seems to be agreed. Joe is also crazy athletic as well and practices Capoeira, a Brazilian Martial Art.

Joyce has only had one fight so far but he has a very promising career to look ahead to.

Vasyl Lomachenko (@vasyllomachenko)

This man needs no introduction. Vasyl ‘Nomaschenko’ Lomachenko has an impressive record of wins. Having won gold medals at 2008 & 2012 Olympics and also having won gold at the World Championships and European Championships.

Lomachenko is known for his speed, footwork and his evasiveness.

In December 2017 Vasyl faced Guillermo Rigondeaux. He ended up quiting in the 7th round due to allegedly hurting his left hand. During the post match interview, he joked, “Maybe I should change my second name, now my name is ‘No Mas Chenko’.”

This was in reference to the fight back in the 80s between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran, in which Duran allegedly said No Mas (meaning No More) to the referee and quit.

Oleksandr Usyk (@usykaa)

Usyk is another boxer who shined at the 2012 London Olympics and won gold. Like Lomachenko he was born in the Ukraine. He has a unified cruiserweight champion holding the WBC and the WBO title.

Oleksander is an exciting fighter having won the majority of his fights by knock out. He has great accuracy in his punches and has some good power too, making him a fighter to be reckoned with.

Anthony Yarde (@mranthonyyarde)

Mike Tyson has been compared to a lot boxers but no better comparison is with Anthony ‘The Beast’ Yarde. Yarde is a British light-heavyweight boxer who has won all 14 fights, 13 of them coming by way of knock out.

Yarde is only 26 and has big dreams and even plans on moving up to the heavyweight division.

Anthony is a great fighter with good movement and agility and even bigger punches. The way he gets inside into his opponents and moves is reminiscent of Mike Tyson.

Daniel Dubois (@dynamitedubois)

Daniel ‘Dyanmate’ Dubois is the next big thing in boxing. And at 6 ft 5 and nearly 17 stones its’s not hard to see why. Dubois says he knocked down current world champ Anthony Joshua in a sparring session.

So far he’s had 6 fights and 6 KOs. He’s got a some power in him an he has had time of finding sparring opponents. He’s already faced top heavyweights in boxing like including Tyson Fury and other top heavyweight boxers.

A fighter with a tremendous amount of knockout power and some good punching combinations.

He’s only 20 and has a very bright future ahead of him. We can see him becoming a world champ in future. Dubois has been compared to Anthony Joshua by many people.

Oscar Valdez (@oscarvaldez56)

The only boxer to make it on the list of Mexican descent. After having 23 fights, he has a perfect record and 19 knockouts. He also has the WBO featherweight title.

Oscar is known for his counter-punching and excellent punch combos. He has already beaten a handful of good opponents like Miguel Marriaga and Matias Rueda.

He’s set to fight Scott Quigg in 2018 and is going to be defending his WBO featherweight title which promises to be a good fight.

Murat Gassiev (@muratgassiev)

Murat Gassiev is a Russian boxer who fights in the cruiser weight divison. He’s held the IBF title and is the WBA champion.

Gassiev is set to fight Oleksandr Usyk in 2018 for what promises to be a great fight. Both have 0 losses so they both have a lot on the line. Another great fight would be between Murat Gassiev and Anthony Yarde.

He is currently ranked as one of the best active cruiser weights by a a number of organisations.

Craig Richards (@craiglrichards)

Yet another British boxer featured in the list, it just goes to show the amount of talent coming out of the UK. Craig ‘Spider’ Richards is a towering 6 ft 3 super middleweight boxer who is signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.

‘Spider’ as you can probably tell by the nickname has long reach and great punching power to him. We can see him moving up in weight easily and doing really well.

Richards has already overcame a handful of opponents like Dalton Miller, Alan Higgins and Rui Pavanito, A very promising prospect and one to watch in the near future.

Boxing has never looked more exciting, with a plethora of talented boxers coming from the United Kingdom and other countries. Never has the sport of boxing had more better. skillful and hungry fighters coming in and looking for success.

Make sure you share this article with other boxing fans on social media!

Did we miss anyone out? Let us know in the comments.

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We’ve been featured!

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Our gloves have been featured in the boxing magazine Big Write Hook. It’s a very proud moment for us and we are excited to share it with you.

Big Write Hook is an online magazine that writes informative articles and features about  boxing, boxing fights, interviews, training equipment and much more. Its a great magazine and if you haven’t read it, we recommend you should take a look. It’s free to read anyway!

It is an honor for us to be featured in a magazine like Big Write Hook and we just want to thank them for taking the time to feature us.

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Amir Khan’s Training Routine & Diet Plan

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Amir Khan is a two weight world champion boxer and silver Olympic medalist representing Great Britain and was one of the youngest British boxers to do this at only 17 years of age.

Some notable opponents that he’s defeated over the years include Marcos Maidana, Marco Barrera and Zab Judah.

There’s no doubt that Amir Khan trains very hard.

This is Amir Khan’s training routine. You’ll be able to learn quite a bit from this and you can incorporate some of the exercises into your own training routine.

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Amir Khan’s Training Routine

Depending on whether he has a fight close or not, Amir Khan will typically wake up at around 6.30am to 7.30am and start either running or swimming.  This can either be 5 or 6 miles. Running does wonders for the body and it’s no secret to why so many boxers incorporate it into their routines.

Running can improve stamina, endurance, leg strength and speed. He will then follow it up with sprints, sprinting as fast as he can. He will run 70 meter sprints doing them as fast as he can. This not only builds his explosive power, but helps with those quick bursts of speed.

Once he gets to the gym later on in the day, he starts his boxing training. This will include doing shadow boxing for about 20 minutes. Not only does shadow boxing warm up the body but it also perfects the technique and helps footwork.

He’ll then work on the speedball and do a few rounds on them. After that he’ll mix it up a bit and get some skipping in. Skipping is a crucial exercise and very important. Not only does this work stamina but also many other things. Amir will probably do skipping for around 15 minutes.

Khan will then do some pad work with his coach. He’ll practice his technique and his footwork and different combinations. Amir will do this for up to an hour.

amir khan trainingHe’ll follow this up with maybe some sparring or heavy bag work or even the floor to ceiling ball. He likes training old school style and doesn’t usually train with any weights. He will also do bodyweight training like pushups and situps.

Diet Plan

Khan’s diet is full of proteins, carbohydrates and some fats. He maintains a healthy diet and eats foods that benefit him. This is his example diet and something that he would eat in a normal day:

6.30am – Wake up and have a protein shake and after his run he’ll have porridge with either strawberries or raspberries.

11am – He stays away from fried food will eat scrambled eggs with toast and beans.

During the day he will fuel up with energy drinks and protein shakes to keep his energy levels up and to get some nutrients.

6pm – Depending on what he feels like he will starts with soup and then eat either salman, steak or chicken with lots of potatoes and vegetables.

Khan has to maintain a weight so he watches what he eats. He has a personal chef that will come and cook healthy meals for him.

Not everyone has the privilege of having their own personal chef but there is a lot you can learn from his diet plan and implement it into your own life.

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Muhammad Ali’s Training Routine and Diet Plan

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Muhammad Ali regarded by many as the greatest boxer of all time. Throughout his career he fought some of the best boxers of his time including George Foreman, Joe Fraizer, Sonny Liston, Ken Norton and many, many more. Ali was a very fast boxer for a heavyweight and had great amounts of speed and stamina.

To become a champion, Ali knew he had to train like one. As soon as he was introduced to boxing as a teenager Ali knew he wanted to become the greatest boxer ever and for that he was willing to be the work in and become the best.

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Muhammad Ali training

Angelo Dundee who was Muhammad Ali’s trainer said when Ali couldn’t get a ride to the gym he would run to the gym and when he had finished he would run all the way back home as well. His house to the gym was  7 miles and he would do this regularly.

When interviewed on his what he usually does he said he that he wakes up at 5.30am and did some light stretching followed by a 6 mile run which he would usually be done in 40 minutes. That’s just over 6 minutes a mile, something even Mo Farah would be proud of! He usually ran in heavy Army style boots which makes it even more impressive.


Muhammad Ali was ahead of his time in terms of his training and his diet. His diet usually consisted of clean, healthy and natural food that was high protein. He would eat wholesome and nutritious food. So he would eat food like Chicken, rice, steak, vegetables, potatoes and fruits.

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For breakfast for example he ate eggs, wholesome toast and drank orange juice.

Lunch and dinner, he would either have chicken steak with potatoes or vegetables. He would often snack on fruit throughout the day as well as keep hydrated by drinking tons of water and drinking juice.

Ali never smoke or drank at all. He believed in taking care of his body and mind and felt that they were more damaging than good. Ali was 100% right in having these views.


Training Routine

When it came to training Ali adapted an old school style of boxing training. He didn’t really lift weights and relied on calisthenic training like push ups, sit ups and pull ups.

At times he would do old school Rocky IV style training, like chop wood, Hit sledgehammers on tyres and run while wearing heavy boots.

His speed for a heavyweight was blistering fast and he would be able to evade oncoming punches with ease. Ali was known for his footwork as well coining the ‘Ali shuffle’, something that helped him confuse his opposition.

He never had a set routine and at different parts of his boxing career he had different routines but his routine that he usually did was like the below:

Warm up:
– side to sides
– torso swivels
– jumping around on toes to limber up
(15 minutes in total)

Shadow boxing: 5 X 3 minutes rounds, working on footwork and speed punching (30 second break)

Heavy bag: 6 X 3 minute rounds, working on combinations and stamina (30 second break)

Sparring: built up sparring as camp progressed

Floor exercises:
– 15 minutes (300 in total)
– bicycle crunches
– sit ups with medicine ball
– leg raises

Speedball: 9 minutes (1 minute break)

Skipping: 20 minutes (Ali always moved around while skipping, never staying in the same spot)

Shadow boxing: 1 minute, walking around with light shadow boxing

To be the best you have to train like the best. Muhammad Ali knew this and that is why he trained so hard.

He usually did trash talk to his opponents and would often insult the person he would be fighting. However after all this trash talking he would never underestimate his opposition.

He would train just as hard as he would and would train as if he was a challenger even though he was the champion. That is the mindset to have.

Have the mindset of a champion but have the hunger of a challenger.

Ali inspired a whole lot generation of people to become better and become boxers. A lot of boxers such as Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis as well as many other boxers. But he didn’t just serve as inspiration to boxers, he served as inspiration to millions of people from all walks of life.

What he stood for and what he believed in made him The Greatest. He wasn’t just the greatest in the ring but outside as well.

We’ll leave you with a legendary quote from the greatest, “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

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Holiday Gift Guide for Boxers and Boxing Fans

With Christmas and the holidays quickly approaching it is a good time to get some near gear. Good thing we have a holiday gift guide for boxers and boxing fans alike.

In this little guide you will find something for everyone including gifts for men, women and children.

We’ve made it easy by complying our best stuff together so it is easier for you to find the perfect holiday gift. Scroll down below to see what you can get.

Fortis ‘I Fight To Win’ T-Shirt

For all the winners out there, show everyone you only fight to win. This is a great t-shirt perfect for that perfect man or woman in your life or even as a gift for yourself.

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Fits perfectly and looks awesome. Grab your t-shirt now.

Fortis ‘I’m the Best Ever’ Hoody

So this might seem slightly arrogant or boastful to wear but if you are the best ever, then why not let people know about it, it just makes sense! The quote on the hoody is actually taken from one of Mike Tyson’s quote in his post match interviews.

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A beautiful hoody that fits great and available in a variety of colours. Also available in t-shirts and tank tops.

Fortis Boxing Gloves

Our flagship boxing gloves that are truly a work of art. Exquisitely hand crafted using the highest quality materials and superior quality leather.

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Comfortable to wear and features multiple layered padding for your protection and safety.

Available in two colours; black and white.

Currently our boxing gloves are only available to buy on Amazon for customers in the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Spain.

Fortis Gym Bag

Do you have loads of things and nowhere to put them? Maybe you’ve got your boxing gloves, hand wraps, kit and other stuff as well. Why not get our gym bag to put everything in. The gymbag is not only spacious but is also sexy!

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The bag has the Fortis lion across the front and is aesthetically beautiful.

Fortis ‘Warrior’ Snapback

What better way of showing people you mean business by wearing the ‘Warrior’ snapback. Not only is it ultra stylish but also exhibits to people you are a warrior.

Warrior snapbacks

Comes in a number of colours and would make an awesome gift for anyone!

Fortis ‘Haters’ T-shirt

Do you have haters? It’s a good thing if you do. It means you’re doing something right. And what better way to acknowledge them than with this shirt.

haters gonna hate t-shirt

This is a gorgeous shirt that has ‘Haters gonna hate’ across the front of it. Obviously haters only have one thing they are good at and that’s hating.

Available in a number of different colours.

Fortis ‘Box’ Tank Top

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A comfortable tank top that is good to wear for those hectic training sessions. Beautifully printed and also available in hoodies and t-shirts. Fit for both men and women and available in various colours.

Fortis Children’s T-Shirt

For all the little champions out there! Your little one’s won’t want to take the shirt off. It’s super comfortable to wear, made out of cotton and shows how much of a beast they are.

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Available in 7 different colours and for a steal of a price!



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Punching Fails: How Not to Punch

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Throwing a basic punch is something that everyone should know how to do, right? You would be surprised at how many people still don’t know how to.

As you’ll see in this article, there are tons of people who don’t know how to punch properly. You might have different reactions upon seeing them; it might be shock, surprise or even bemusement but you will definitely find them funny.

We can’t really take credit for any of these clips and all credit must go to the respective owners. Without further ado here’s some punching fails!

Punching Road Signs

Why would someone want to punch a sign? Is the guy on something?

Just some of the questions that might be going through your head when you watch this clip. However he doesn’t seem to care still tries to punch the sign.

But the sign isn’t no pushover and instantly retaliates by pivoting and smacking him back. Major punching fail!

Lesson learned, don’t try punching a sign. Sign – 1, guy who gets hit by sign – 0.

Punching Fail

Have a look at this next clip. Rocky and Mickey try having a going on the punching bag machine and setting a high score.

The only problem is they can’t punch. First Rocky tries a couple of times and then Mickey tries showing him but they both fail. The results are hilarious.

Punching Bag Fail

Here’s the next Conor Mcgregor hitting the bag. He hits the bag with some punches and kicks but it’s pretty funny to see what happens next.

To be honest it’s not really the right place to hang up a punching bag, near a computer.

Ip Man Punching Fail

This one has Ip Man practicing his wing chun. He uses his power and speed to deliver an unforgettable blow to the punching bag.

This one is slightly different to the rest of the videos in terms of its not actually his punching that fails but more the punching bag.

Speed Ball Fail

We wanted to save the best till last and this one is absolutely hilarious! It starts with the big man trying to talk down to the bag and how he’s going to knock the speed ball’s lights out.

The end results are too funny. Just watch the clip.


That’s a wrap from us. If you happen to have an actual fight, don’t take cues from these guys on how to throw a punch because it won’t be very effective. Remember to share this article.

Which one’s did you find the most funny?

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Basic Musts for Boxing Beginners

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A lot of people think of boxing as just a sport. It’s not just a sport, its an art. But to understand the art of boxing properly you must first master the basics.

In this article we are going to go through some of the basics of boxing.

Understanding stances

Foot placement is first the first step and arguably the most important aspect of the stance as it’s possible the best defensive move. Your stance will prove vital in your boxing game as it gives you a competitive edge with your power, range, stability etc. First of all, your dominant hand should always be your back hand, so if you are right handed, position left foot forward and your right hand back. Distribute your weight evenly across both of your legs and slightly bend your knees. Keep your feet a little bit wider than your shoulder length and rest on more on the front of your feet. Keep your head behind your gloves with your elbows down and arms up.


For starts, there are many different jabs and more than one use for a jab. You can unsettle and distract your opponent, counter-attack, distance yourself to set up attacks and a whole lot more. The jab is the fastest punch and the lightest to throw. It’s easy to train the jab, even without access to a gym or equipment. Simply shadow-box to work your jab or if accessible, put hours in on a bag or in sparring. The jab often opens ups the potential to throw heavy punches while keeping your opponent at bay. Never overlook the jab.

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Most defenses, if not all, lead to a counter opportunity, A counter will be sure to catch your opponent off guard as one of the last thing they will be thinking off while trying to knock your block off is an instant punch in return. Be sure to keep your eyes on your opponent during sparring and allow yourself some time to feel your opponent out for techniques and timings and make them pay.

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Parrying is a great way to deal with a power puncher as it eases off the impact of the punch. Parrying is when you roll away with the punch, slightly deflecting it. It is also a great way to use your opponent’s momentum against them while tiring them out. This won’t work against all fighters such as less aggressive boxers or shorter opponents with the best way to train this would be training drills and sparring. During sparring, be sure to get hang of covering your vulnerable areas but can leave you stuck in a defensive shell so look to avoid falling into that trap.

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Slipping is the most demanding of skill as it requires complete focus. If you are able to make your opponent miss, you are completely free to counter punch and can be extremely effective against faster boxers and can act as a tool to close distance on a long reach fighter. Practice your head and leg movement to get outside of jabs and getting low while rotating your body away from punches opens an opportunity to counter punch. In sparring, try to slip punches barely, allowing you more time to counter rather than always focusing on getting out of the way of the next punch due to less of a window to get the counter in.

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How to Improve Boxing Footwork

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Most beginners in boxing think that boxing footwork doesn’t matter. Footwork is often overlooked as something that is not as important as perfecting your punches. But they couldn’t be more wrong. Boxing footwork is important to perfect for all boxers whether beginner or advanced – they can always improve their footwork.

Footwork not only helps with movement and mobility but also helps with speed and power as well as positioning yourself to be in a better position. The majority of your power comes from leg and correctly positioning them. Footwork is what makes the exceptional boxers stand out from the so-so boxers.

In this article we are going to share with you tips on how to improve your boxing footwork and become a better boxer.

How to Improve Boxing Footwork

Whenever watching a fight on YouTube or on TV make note and watch their feet. Don’t focus on their hands but their feet and you will note how you can improve your footwork. Watching other boxers like Muhammad Ali, Roy Jones Jr and Mike Tyson will help you to improve your own boxing footwork. You can learn a lot by just doing that.

Doing this will not only give you a better sense of when to move and how to move it will make you a lot more knowledgeable. Don’t just watch the fight, study the fighters and how they move, how they use their footwork to dodge their opponents and how they get into better positions.

Jump Rope

Jumping rope is one of the most important exercises for boxers and there’s no doubt why. It keeps you on your feet when jumping rope. Not only that but there are plenty of benefits including increase stamina, endurance and footwork among many other things.

With the continued jumping it will improve your leg strength as well. An increase in leg strength will mean you’ll be able to move around much more swiftly and have much better footwork.

There’s loads of pro boxers that do jump rope and they do it because it produces results.


Shadowboxing is great for improving your footwork. When shadowboxing practice your punches and footwork including your movement. Pretend you are fighting an opponent and practice dodging, head movement, pivots and whatever else you think you need to work on.

Try to do it in front of a mirror if you can. If you shadowbox in front of a mirror you can see where you go wrong and improve it.

Hold light weights that are about 1-2 pounds and start shadow boxing with them every other day. They will help tone your muscles up as well as help you with mobility.

Take up Dance

Not the most conventional choice but if you’re serious about improving your footwork take up dancing or sign up to some dance classes.

In 2007 Floyd Mayweather took part in Dancing with the Stars – a celebrity dance show. Although Mayweather never won the show he did gain experience from the show in terms of dancing. The dance taught him how to move even more effectively and improved his footwork.

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A few months after the dance show he had his fight against British boxer Ricky Hatton and won the fight via TKO.

A large part of dancing involves getting the footwork correct. It doesn’t really matter what kind of dancing you do – whether salsa, cha-cha-cha or hip hop. Dance not only improves your footwork but can also make you more agile and develop your reactions.

You can get involved in dancing by finding out at your local community centre.

Plyometric Exercises

Plyometric exercises basically are anything that involve explosive movement. You may notice that football players do a lot of explosive exercises and plyometric exercises during their training. This is because footballers require a lot of explosive speed and strength and need to use it during short quick bursts.

This is exactly what plyometric exercises will develop for you, it will develop that explosiveness and the agility and quickness you need.

Some plyometric exercises are:

Squat Jumps

Just as the name suggests you first go into a squat by bending your legs and going down to about right angle position, then you explosively jump upwards as high as you can, that counts as one rep.

Box Jumps

The box jump sounds easy but is far from it. Get a box or something that you can jump on, something that can hold your weight. The idea is the explosively jump onto the box and then come back down, kinda like a cat does.

You can improvise with the boxes if you can’t find anything or don’t have proper box jump boxes.

Long Jump

You’ll need to get into a bit of space for this one. Just like the Olympic event, squat down and jump forward as high and as far as you can. Then either turn around and jump again or jump ahead.

Kneeling Jump Squat

This one is slightly harder than the rest of the exercises mentioned here but it is a really great exercise. You should practice this a bit before actually doing this exercise.

Start on your knees and then draw your arms back and then swing them forward to generate momentum to jump into a squatting position, so you land on both feet.


If you work on these things and implement the exercises and tips into your routine you will get faster and better footwork.

We hope these tips helped, If you have any of your own tips let us know in the comments.


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Boxing vs MMA: When Boxing fought MMA


The Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight is quickly approaching on August 26, with many people having mixed reactions – some calling it a circus while some are calling it the biggest fight ever.

However no one can deny that they are both at the top of their respective sports. And with both Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor set to earn a potential 100 million each, its going to be a massive fight.

There is something unique about this fight, this will be the first time in history a MMA fighter has agreed to fight a boxer in a boxing match.

We’re going to take a walk down memory lane and look at the past fights that have happened between MMA fighters and boxers and what the outcome has been. Come and take a walk with us.

Muhammad Ali vs Antonio Inoki – 1976

The fight occurred in June 26, 1976 and is believed to be one of the earliest recorded fights of a boxer fighting another fighter in another discipline. At the time Muhammad Ali was the best and undisputed heavyweight champion. Antonio Inoki was a professional Japanese wrestler who was the NWF heavyweight champion.

Before the fight there was much build up with Muhammad Ali challenging any fighter from Japan and offering them a million dollars to fight.

The fight was highly publicised and there was a huge turnout for the fight. The fight also had a special set of rules. This is fight is known to inspire mixed martial arts.

Ali vs Inoki after 15 rounds ended in a draw.


Randy Couture vs James Toney – 2010

Randy Couture was a five time UFC champion and an great grappler. James Toney was a three weight world boxing champion who was a hard hitter. This fight involved James Toney having to step in to the octagon for the first time. For this has was contracted with the UFC.

The fight happened at UFC 118 in August 28, 2010.

Randy Couture dominated James Toney and took him out in the first round and making him submit in just over 3 minutes.

It was a quick fight and Toney was just not ready for the grappling and ground game of Couture. During the build up to the fight James Toney was stating how quick he would end the fight, however it didn’t quite go the way he wanted it to.

Many boxers and MMA fighters have fought over the years but this fight just showed fans that MMA is a serious contender for boxing.

Ray Mercer vs Tim Sylvia – 2009

The year was 2009 and heavyweight boxing champion Ray Mercer was going up against UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. Bearing in mind Ray Mercer was six foot one and Tim Sylvia was a towering six foot eight. The height difference and reach was big.

The first round started and Ray Mercer knocked Tim Sylvia out in the first nine seconds with an amazing overhand right punch which was his first punch of the fight.

It was a shock upset for Tim Sylvia with many people having him as a favourite to win. This affected Sylvia’s career and after a few years he retired.

Over the years there have been many times when boxers have entered the Octagon and faced off against MMA fighters but this will be the first time ever in history when a MMA fighter goes against a boxer in a boxing ring.

There have been mixed results to when boxers and MMA fighters have faced each other, when Mayweather and McGregor face each other we don’t know who is going to lose but what we do know both of them are going to be big winners, financially.

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Conor McGregor’s Biggest Boxing Flaws

If you’re thinking of betting on the underdog for Mayweather/McGregor, this article (courtesy of the coaching staff at Warrior Punch) could save you some serious cash!

As our film study will show, Conor McGregor makes two fundamental boxing errors that could get him hurt on August 26th. While he hasn’t paid for them yet, Mayweather’s boxing audit will exploit every mistake he makes on fight night.

So without further ado, let’s get into it!

Boxing Mistake #1) McGregor Overextends His Punches

Though the debates rages on in the martial arts world, it’s generally believed that power is God-given, and in this regard McGregor is truly blessed. Unfortunately, McGregor knows it, and he makes many of the mistakes common to born punchers as a result.

It’s very common for people who’ve fallen in love with their power to overcommit to their punches. They want to make the most of their natural gifts, so they train to punch through their target every time. They hurl their hips and shoulders into every shot, sacrificing their balance, combination punching, and energy-efficiency to generate maximum power.

Here, we see McGregor doing just that:


Overlooking the flared elbow and lifted rear foot for now, let’s focus on the inefficiency of McGregor’s extension. The punch should have stopped in Frame 3 (bottom left), but he continues to drive through, well past the optimal “lock-out” point. Max power is McGregor’s goal; he’s of the mind that the further the punch travels, the harder it will be. This is the same thinking that drives streetfighters to cock their punching hand back before a haymaker. And while the theory is sound, the application is rarely pretty.

Think of a power punch as a car crash: the damage is done at the moment the two vehicles collide, not when the aftershock pushes the cars further down the road. In McGregor’s case, he extends the cross past the point of impact, spending energy on a “push” after the collision’s already occurred.

Frame 4 shows a classic over-extension. Conor his punches like this in all of his fights; you can see it happening against Barao, Mendes, Brimage, Poirier, and Aldo. His excessive follow-through generates a lot of power, but it’s a recipe for disaster against a counter-punching boxer of Mayweather’s calibre. It leaves Conor unbalanced and out of position to follow up with punches, and forces him to spend a lot of energy to recover.

Here’s another example:

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Look at how far McGregor ends up over the lead hip. He is completely overcommitted, and in no position to follow up with anything from his right (lead) side.

Overextending like this is a bad move against Diaz, who stays compact and controlled, but it’s strategic suicide against “TBE.” Beyond opening him up for big counter shots, these excessive movements threaten to burn him out down the stretch, something he’s been criticized for already in shorter fights with Nate Diaz.

Imagine trying to outlast someone in a squatting competition – would you stick to quarter squats, or go ass-to-grass every time? In this metaphor, Conor’s doing the latter. In contrast, Floyd Mayweather’s movements are more subtle and efficient, allowing him to spend less energy and stay balanced at all times. Simply put, Conor’s inefficient extension gives him a tremendous disadvantage in terms of endurance, punch volume, and defensive success.

Expect Floyd to wait for McGregor to overcommit, then light him up with combinations as he scrambles to recover, like Diaz did in their first encounter.

Boxing Mistake #2) McGregor Neglects a Basic Boxing Guard

McGregor has exceptional timing, agility, and boxing skills, but he neglects one of the most fundamental defenses out there. Call it the guard, the shell, the turtle; they’re all variations on static defensive hand positioning, and you’ll rarely see McGregor using any of them.

Looking back to his first fight with Nate Diaz, we get a very telling image contrasting how these two “MMA boxers” choose to enter punching range:

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McGregor forgoes basic blocking in favour of skillful slips and parries, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; after all, slipping keeps your hands free for offense, and parries give you as measure of control over the opponent’s parried hand. But these “active” forms of defense come at a cost.

We can see three instances where McGregor is successful in setting up his slip and counter game here:

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In Frame 1, McGregor is working a pull counter to set up a counter left cross. In Frame 2, he’s slipping left (outside the jab) to cock his counter left uppercut. In Frame 3, he’s slipping right (inside the jab) and throwing his overhand left simultaneously.

Looking further at McGregor’s “active” boxing defense, we see four instances of him playing his parry and counter game:

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In Frame 4, we see a cross-body parry; the same he used to knock Aldo out cold.

So what’s the problem with “active” boxing defense?

Unfortunately, although he has excellent timing and a pretty high success rate with these counters, these techniques are relatively energy-intensive, and using them exclusively will burn him out very quickly against Floyd Mayweather. This is especially true when you consider Floyd’s speed – Conor will essentially be “racing” Floyd’s punches when he slips, which means he’ll need consistent explosive output to make this form of defense work.

In my experience, it’s better to cover potential openings and be opportunistic about slips and parries than it is to rely on them exclusively. McGregor shouldn’t only block, but he’d benefit from doing it more.

Wrapping Up

Nothing’s certain in combat sports, but you can rest assured that these two fundamental boxing mistakes will get Conor into trouble on fight night. Conor will need to reel in his punches and incorporate more restful modes of defense if he hopes to outlast and even dethrone boxing’s best fighter.

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