1. Listen to your body and take it slow and easy when you are loosening up or doing your warm-ups. Never, ever, disregard an injury, no matter how slight.
2. Dress appropriately by always wearing loose, comfortable clothing and the proper shoes—sneakers for running and boxing shoes for sparring.
3. You do your roadwork six days a week, taking one day off and include intervals of sprints and uphill climbs. If you only have time for one exercise, make that exercise running. You must run no matter what the weather is like.
4. If you start an exercise, you must complete it! You can lighten up or slow down but you never quit. Once that bell sounds there is no quitting.
5. Each workout needs to be goal oriented.
6. Skill tasks should be done first, don’t let fatigue interfere with learning. In other words you do your conditioning last.
7. Take the extra time to insure that you wrap your hands properly.
8. Shadow box for form using the mirror – it’s the best coach in the gym.
9. You first work on your stance, which means chin down, hands up, elbows in, knees bent, weight on the balls of your feet and maintain the triangle.
10. Always keep in mind that speed and form are the most important considerations.
11. Workouts should be short and spirited. You never sit down during a workout – keep moving.
12. The use of the heavy bag is for working on combinations and developing power.
13. Supervised sparring should only be done when you’re fresh and can learn.
14. You spar with smaller men for speed, and the bigger men for power.
15. Always use the large gloves for training and sparring (16 ounce).
16. Always put Vaseline on your face before each sparring session.
17. There is a good reason for sparring for 3 minute intervals. It gives your mind an opportunity to develop a 3 minute mental clock, the same time period they use for rounds in real competition.
18. Avoid dehydration by always having a sufficient supply of water on hand.
19. Never give in to your body, remembering that your mind is a million times stronger.
20. As quick as you throw a punch at your target, you quickly bring it back to the on-guard position.
21. Why they say your jab is so important: 1) it measures the distance between you and your opponent, 2) it’s used to set up other punches and 3) you can score with it as a solid blow.
22. Since the Hook is the most difficult punch to throw properly, it’s important you perfect the jab and right hand first. The power of this punch is generated by body torque and turning the punch over. It’s thrown as if you are hitting your opponent with your shoulder.
23. You never make the uppercut the last punch of a combination. Likewise, you always follow the right with a hook and the left with a straight right to close you up defensively.
24. A good boxer moves their head, comes in and out, as well as circles an opponent, recalling that old adage, a moving target is always harder to hit.
25. Good footwork means your feet coincide with the movement and placement of punches. What you want to do is control the punching distance and keep your chin in the shoulder of the hand you just punched with.
26. Abdominal exercises should be done in every workout.
27. Always cool down and stretch after a training session.
28. Keep things consistent: sleep (a minimum of 8 hours), regular meals, and exercise, which excludes any use of drugs or alcohol.
29. Never lose weight unnaturally e.g. with pills or supplements. Make your diet a way of life.
30. After learning all the angles, all the tricks from as many coaches as possible, you then move on to the coach that makes you feel the most comfortable and you can truly trust.
By: Jim Wyatt – Sport of Boxing
Well if that’s true, then the men and women, boys and girls of a local community boxing club are certainly “bound” to succeed.
The Burbank Boxing Club received a new donation from Bound Boxing, a Southern California-based company offering a large assortment of boxing apparel, fight gear and more. Their motto is, “Bringing new fashion to the boxing community and making boxing champions one day at a time.”
Testing out the new colorful duds in these fun photos are club members Damien, Angela, David, Odette and Alice. Along with head trainer Steve Harpst, the group put on these T-shirts just as training was getting underway.
Right off the bat, the eye-catching colors and bright graphics of the clothing caught their eye.
“COOL!” said 11-year-old Alice as she nabbed the gray shirt with a crest of lions, wings and a sword.
Her gym mates quickly followed suit picking out their black and white Ts to wear during their workout.
The ladies liked the way the fabric felt while they trained. “It’s really soft and smooth and easy to work out in,” they noticed immediately.
Bound Boxing’s line of tees are also popular walkout shirts as well. The company began in 2007. Since then Juan J. Medina Jr. and his crew have done a bang-up job in supporting amateur fighters and pro champions in their four-year ascent while making their name known in and out of the gyms. Besides their array of fight equipment, they also offer boxing instruction and have sponsored thriving amateur clubs.
Their donation of shirts and Everlast duffel bags to this boxing club came just in time as trainer Harpst celebrated the group’s 15th anniversary this past weekend. His young amateurs compete in local shows and have also traveled to other states and also Canada to take part in international competitions.
But with the recession, the rocketing price of gas, and soaring traveling expenses, the club really appreciates any helping hand–or glove. Nonprofit amateur clubs like Coach Steve’s are forced to fund the majority of equipment and added expenses themselves, out of their own pockets. With a constant growth seen in his club, Harpst has a never-ending need for new equipment for all of his amateurs.
And sixteen-year-old Damien and little Alice were two happy kids that were also very appreciative of the items. Between jump roping and shadowboxing, I saw them glance at their reflection in the mirrors. Lookin’ sharp in their shirts, which featured designs and sayings on both the front and back, the young boxers said they really liked their new looks.
While they continued to train, I asked the kids if they’d wear the shirts to school, outside of the boxing gym.
Angie and Odette also chimed in. “These are awesome,” the ladies said. “I’d definitely wear these outside of the gym too.” In a unanimous decision, the gang said the gear was more than fashionable enough to wear outside the ropes as well.
Check out this six-pack of boxers as they strike a pose in their new Bound Boxing gear.
You’ve heard of 007′s Bond Girls”? Here’s a peek at my trio of “Bound Girls” as the gals–and guys–became my hard-hitting “models” for the night!
Looks like this group is “bound” for success–in and out of the ring!
Thanks again to Bound Boxing.
For more info: www.boundboxing.com
Photos by Michele Chong
- Saul Jauregui
There are 17 weight classes or weight divisions for professional male boxers (*) recognized by the Association Boxing Commissions (ABC) and the following sanctioning bodies; International Boxing Federation (IBF), International Boxing Organization (IBO), World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). Below are the weight limits for each weight class and weight class names used by each of the boxing organizations.
Note: 1 kg equals 2.20462262185 lbs
Note: Theoretically only the maximum weight for each weight class or division is the limit. For example a boxer who only weighted 115 lbs could fight in a welterweight bout against a true welterweight weighting 147 lbs but it just wouldn’t happen now days because the commissions would not allow it due to the potential liability of the lighter fighter getting seriously injuried by the over powered heavier fighter.
(*) Weight classes for female boxers in the ABC are the same used by men. In other sanctioning bodies such as the IFBA, WBA, WBC and WIBF weight classes for women differ
Cleto Reyes was born in Mexico City on April 26, 1920, right in the years of national reconstruction just after ten years of revolutionary struggle. Due to this precarious situation he started to work at a very early age in a leather workshop.
His passion for boxing dated from 1936; his school was right across the street from the Peralvillo Cozumel Arena and his sport heroes were Joe Conde, Juan Zurita and Rodolfo “El Chango” Casanova.
In 1938 young Cleto participated in his first and only boxing match; it was so good that the audience tossed coins to him and his opponent; however, the injuries were enough for him to decide never to do it again. Nevertheless, the gloves he had been provided with, happened to be badly worn out; so he volunteered to repair them, thus starting his long career in the manufacture of gloves.
Subsequently his gloves obtained the approval of the local Boxing Commission. In April 18, 1945 Juan Zurita, the second Mexican Lightweight World Champion, defended his title against Ike Williams in Mexico City, and Cleto Reyes gloves were used in a World Championship fight for the first time.
In 1954 Don Cleto decided to become independent, always counting on the valuable support of his wife. In the ’60s he had his first commercial representative in Los Angeles, California who distributed Cleto Reyes products in the most important cities in the United States and in some other countries.
In 1971 his son Alberto, decided to join Don Cleto’s effort with an entrepreneurial vision and his late wife Leticia Alemán’s support. They started hiring more people, registered the brand Cleto Reyes in 1975 and founded the company Industria Reyes, S.A. de C.V.
In July 1983 the company moved their manufacturing facilities to Ecatepec and tripled the production capacity. In early 2003, we opened a second plant in Toluca, where we keep on expanding our capacity to continue satisfying a growing demand and customer’s preference for our products.
The company has received important recognitions such as: • In 1990 we were recognized as Empresa Altex (Exporting Company) by the Mexican Trade and Industry Department.
• Premio Nacional de Exportación 1994 (National Export Award), granted annually by the Mexican Government to distinguished Mexican companies, presented personally by the Mexican President.
• In 2005 the World Boxing Hall of Fame granted the Presidential Award as a posthumous recognition to Don Cleto Reyes, founder of the Reyes glove-making dynasty.
• In November, 2008 Alberto Reyes, president and founder of this company, was induced to the California Hall of Fame in the 24th Annual Banquet of the WBHF.
Nowadays Cleto Reyes’ products have a prominent place in the international market, and are marketed in five continents with the approval of the main world organizations. We proudly enjoy the world champions’ preference, to them, our most deep appreciation for their loyal friendship.
You are BOUND to be a world champion when you apply hard-work, determination, focus, sacrifice, will power, dedication & desire into your daily boxing routine, and that is what Bound Boxing is all about.
Bound Boxing offers sponsorship, boxing gear, boxing equipment, boxing apparel and boxing instruction to create jobs locally and nationwide. Bound Boxing is a lifestyle that comes from San Diego, Ca. and feel that the boxing community is ready for something like this. Bound Boxing is the newest boxing company to hit the industry and are recognized as one of the fastest growing boxing equipment suppliers. We have teamed up with great partners that allow us to bring you the best boxing equipment from top brands in the boxing industry including Ringside, Everlast, Fighting Sports, Cleto Reyes and much more. We have a comprehensive assortment of boxing gloves, boxing shoes, speed bags, heavy bags, boxing corner supplies, boxing trunks and even the latest and hottest fashionable boxing apparel.
We are confident that you’ll find what you need right here online at Bound Boxing at prices lower than anywhere else. New products are added daily, join our newsletter for exclusive product alerts and special offers, as well as following us on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information. If you don’t find what you are looking for please contact us at 800-701-0961.
Bound Boxing supports boxers & athletes in various organizations throughout the world, from local events to internationally televised shows.
We actively engage in opportunities to work with boxers and athletes in televised events and require that Bound Boxing-sponsored athletes wear our apparel as well as their cornermen. We do not allow competing sponsor logos on our apparel. We also support boxers & athletes representing gyms that carry Bound Boxing products in their gym shop. We seek to work with boxers & athletes who will represent the Bound Boxing brand with integrity and embody the core values of our company.
We invite all athletes and/or their representatives to submit sponsorship requests using our contact form.