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A Guide to Cleaning Your Boxing Gear

All your ringside boxing gear stored in a locker at the gym

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses—behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” – Muhammad Ali

Don’t let countless hours of work and the money you spent on great boxing gear go to waste because you failed to take care of said gear by not cleaning it. By following our guide to cleaning your equipment, you can place most of your focus on the the journey from boxing training, that behind the lines work, to dancing under the lights on fight night.

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses—behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” – Muhammad Ali

It never hurts to consult a guy called “The Greatest” for advice in his area of expertise. Of course, in the quote above, Ali was referring to the work he did training his body day in and day out, training his mind to be able to out-think his opponents in the ring, and developing tactics and strategies suited to each opponent he faced.  But there’s another aspect of behind the scenes preparation that should be top-of-mind for boxers of all skill levels: cleaning your boxing gear. Continue reading “A Guide to Cleaning Your Boxing Gear”

Canelo Álvarez: What is next for him?

Canelo Álvarez - Daily Express Photo Credit
Canelo Álvarez _ Photo Credit – Daily Express


Canelo Álvarez, without a doubt, is the biggest name in boxing. He is considered to be one of the greats boxing. He has achieved more than others could have dreamed, he is a four time division champion and is looking for a fifth division belt. He is in discussion with Billy Joe Sounders for the super middleweight bout where Canelo is going for the World Boxing Association (WBA) title which he previously won from Rocky Fieldings by a vicious knockout victory and later on vacated the title to avoid the mandatory defense. Now, this vacant title would be inline if this fight takes place.

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Choosing The Best Punch Mitts

Punch mitts
Coach using punch mitts with boxer.

Punch mitts are one of the most necessary equipment items for training in any combat sport. It is one of the best things for fighter conditioning and development.  Punch mitts, also known as focus pad or focus mitts, are a crucial part of training from beginners to professionals. The fighter gains accuracy, timing, and speed while training with punch mitts.

Focus mitts assist a fighter in almost every way. It brings a fighter into a great rhythm and makes his stance better. Most significant is that the trainer finds where his fighter is doing wrong and where he is doing good. What helps the most a coach is that they altogether increase the precision of the fighters.

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Tyson Fury Vs Deontay Wilder II

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury rematch
Deontay Wilder VS Tyson Fury – Photo Credit to CBS Sports

Coming Saturday, two biggest heavyweight fighters of the era are going to face each other in a rematch at MGM Grand Las Vegas. The world number two Deontay Wilder will put his WBC belt at stake against the best British boxer; Tyson Fury. The previous meeting ended in a questionable draw, according to many writers and boxing analysts, it could be a win for Tyson Fury. We noticed that Englishman was almost untouchable during that bout against the American although Wilder Knocked Fury down two times, Tyson Fury was too good to get beaten by world number two and the match ended up without any decision.

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Focus on Fighting Styles, Part 4 – The Boxer-Puncher

The hybrid boxer-puncher possesses the strengths of all the styles we’ve covered so far. This fighter has the technical skill and footwork to keep out of your range and beat you on points. Or they can step in and land those massive power punches that knock opponents out. 

In an ideal world, every fighter would choose to be a boxer-puncher. Unfortunately, this style is difficult to master and requires a dedication to training EVERY aspect. You can’t just focus on speed or footwork or power. You need to own all of it, if you choose to go down this path. Because if you don’t commit to truly developing your entire game, then you won’t excel at any of it..

In our fourth installment of “Focus on Fighting Styles” we discuss the Boxer-Puncher style.  

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2019 Ringside Holiday Gift Guide

If you know someone who is training as a fighter (for competition or fitness), it can sometimes be tough to know how to support them in meeting their goals. Short of training along side them and showing up to their matches, there’s not a whole lot you can do.

The start of a holiday wish list with "Dear Santa" written at the top.
Get started on your holiday wishlist by checking out our recommendations below.

Help your fighter take a step toward the next level, by picking up something from the list below. Of course, if you are a fighter yourself, you can still take a peek. Maybe there’s something you should add to your wishlist.

We’ve pulled these products from a list of our staff favorites. All of these are either new items that we launched over the last year, or perennial fan favorites that every fighter should have in their bag.

And if you want to skip the reading and go straight to the window shopping, we put all of these products into a single 2019 Holiday Gift Guide page for you to check out. Enjoy.

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Become a Better Boxer through Gratitude

A boxer sits on the ring stairs thinking about his most recent training session.
It’s important to stop and appreciate the small wins that you experience while training.

Giving thanks and practicing gratitude come naturally on Thanksgiving. These ideas are baked into the holiday’s identity.

But we don’t have to limit our practice of gratitude to just one day a year. We can engage in gratitude as a part of our daily lives, all year long. When we do, we gain more than we give.

For boxers and other athletes, learning to incorporate appreciation can do more than just give us a positive outlook in life. Regularly recognizing our own success and the role others play in it can actually improve performance in the ring.

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A Fighter’s Guide to Nutrition and Diet

Movies, TV, and countless training montages have taught us that a fighter’s diet needs to be highly specialized to be effective.

Torso and right arm of a boxer in peak physical condition.
To build a great body for fighting, you need to have a solid nutrition plan.

In reality, a fighter’s nutrition plan has a lot in common with your basic “sensible diet”. It only varies in how much you eat and how often.

In this blog, we lay out our guide for a proper fighter’s diet. This will help you to not only get through your training, but get the most from it.

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Focus on Fighting Styles, Part 3 – The Slugger

The Slugger. The Power Puncher. When people think of boxers, they usually think of the Slugger. The fighter who throws that one big punch that knocks an opponent to the ground. 

Fighters like George Foreman, Sonny Liston, and Vitali Klitschko won their belts by mastering the art of the Slugger style. These fighters were known for closing on their opponents and unleashing their fists in destructive blows.  

But becoming a Slugger type fighter does not come easy. It requires a focus on developing absolutely devastating power punches to the exclusion of almost all other fundamentals.

You will need to build a body that is solid power and the mechanics that can release that power all at once.

In this focus on fighting styles, we dive into the Slugger, or brawler, style. 

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Boxing Gloves by Weight: Understanding Glove Sizes

Ringside boxing gloves
You need to pick the right size for the type of glove you need.

If you are just getting started in the sport of boxing, you may be a bit confused by the different sizing options available for boxing gloves. 

Companies size bag gloves with a standard Small/Medium/Large scale, which seems simple enough. But then you get into Sparring gloves and Competition Gloves and suddenly the gloves are sized by weight.

Because of this, it can be difficult to know what size glove you need

We aim to help you make sense of the different sizing conventions, and figure out which size glove will meet your needs.

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Holding Punch Mitts: 7 Tips for More Effective Mitt Training

Boxing coach, wearing a body protector, holds punch mitt for boxer throwing a cross.
Holding the punch mitts for a boxer is one of the most critical ways to help them train.

Introduced relatively recently, Punch Mitts have become a critical training tool for coaches and fighters throughout the boxing and martial arts world. 

But you can’t just hang Punch Mitts from the ceiling. Someone has to hold them for a fighter. And that someone could be you.

If you want to learn the art of properly holding those mitts, then read on. We put together a list of seven fundamentals for creating a great mitt-work experience. 

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