To the casual observer, boxing is a simple sport: two competitors standing toe to toe in a ring, exchanging punches. In reality, however, boxing is much more complex, and fighters spend their entire careers mastering the intricacies of this “sweet science.” Fortunately, the Web can make it easy to understand the sport, both inside and outside of the ring. It can teach you the rules of boxing, boxing history, help you follow professional boxing, show you how to learn to box your self, and where to buy boxing equipment.
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This section will show you where to find a place to learn boxing, take boxing classes, or find boxing training sessions near you.
- Most of the sites we’ve included below are designed for beginners, many of whom are boxing without very personalized teaching or without a trainer at all. By the time you’re ready to learn more advanced techniques, you should have a trainer teaching you.
- If you can’t find a suitable gym in the directories we highlight in this section, use a search engine with some of the following terms: boxing, gym, club, trainer, training, lessons, and instruction.
For help improving your skills …
reviews the basics of boxing in this article. The site is text heavy, but the writing is clear and the writer invites you to e-mail him with any questions.
features video lessons from former boxers and trainers. There are three good boxing series, each with more than a dozen videos. Leo Cardenas
and Marvin McDowell
teach basic techniques for beginners, while Iran Barkley
explains more advanced techniques.
features boxing training advice from trainer Ross Enamait. There are articles, with some video included, on the topics of boxing technique, strength and conditioning, and nutrition. There’s also a blog that is updated regularly.
features an article from former light-heavyweight “Iceman” John Scully, in which he presents the lessons he’s learned as a fighter. He discusses how certain punches are effective, how to train, and how to behave like a professional boxer.
’s “Boxing Basics” page teaches you how to prepare, punch, and train. Photos and step-by-step instructions help you learn the moves.
To find a gym …
has a directory of boxing gyms in the United States and in many countries around the world. Each entry features an address and phone number, with some also including e-mail addresses and Web sites.
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