How Do I Get Into Boxing: Detailed Guide
I know you just want to know exactly how you can get your feet into the boxing sport and probably build your career all the way up.
So I don’t want to waste your time with a huge intro. I’ll head straight to the point…
The Basics of Boxing: Becoming a Boxer
These are simply a few boxers that have helped in the revolution of boxing, helping onlookers realise that boxing truly is a technical sport.
The following are a number of key points that will not only assist with understanding the basics of the sport, but will also assist your development of becoming a boxer.
As much sparring you can get will make it feel as comfortable in the ring as possible on fight night. Nothing can quite emulate the feeling of being in the ring, as nerves, adrenalin and a live audience are thrown into the equation, however, the more sparring done, the better.
This does not mean you have to give 100% prior to a bout, as they’ll be nothing left for fight night, however it would be good to get sparring opponents at a higher level, so that when you do actually box with someone at your level, you will be in a good position to win that bout.
By developing a good jab, and basing your assault around your jab, you will gain a solid foundation for success. If your jab is strong, your opponent won’t want to come near you due to its devastating effect. Furthermore, if the rest of your arsenal is intact (including close range boxing), this will leave your opponent completely bedazzled as to what to do.
If you’ve ever watched Joe Calzaghe box, his fast hands confuse opponents. They know for every one shot that they throw, he will already have landed three or four punches. Ways to develop this is to work the heavy bag, aiming to increase the number of punches you throw per round, and working the focus mitts with your coach/ trainer. Try adding arm weights to your workout, as this will increase your hand speed immensely.
High Work Rate
This is linked to your base fitness. Again looking at Calzaghe, from the opening until the closing bell, he fights at the same pace throughout. This is a combination of his fast hands, speed, base fitness, and hard work ethic in the gym.
The equation is simple, train hard, box easy. If you do this it will put you in a very good position to win your bouts, and climb the ranks as a result. Your boxing career lies in your hands, and you will go as far as you want to, based on your determination, ability and work ethic.
A Knock out Shot
If all else fails, develop a single/ combination of knockout punches. After all you don’t get paid for overtime!
A Complete Guide for Getting Into Boxing:
Before we start our guide, I’m assuming you’re an amateur.
So, let me teach you a few things about amateur boxing before we proceed with more details:
The amateur boxing comprises up to 4 weight classes namely; heavyweight, middleweight, lightweight, and featherweight.
While heavyweight has no weight limit, the other classes come with weight limit ranges. Meaning your very first task in joining boxing is determining which class you fit in (or wish to fit in) and then proceed to the following steps…
Step 1: Find a Gym
I’m not talking about the regular gym…this is boxing dude! And you need to look for a boxing gym.
The difference between the two types of gyms being that the latter provides you with staff, spring partners, coaches, and all the other training materials you need to become a competent boxer.
Boxing gyms are all over. If you don’t have an idea where to find one, just conduct a Google search on the boxing gyms in your local area…for instance, if you live in Las Vegas, type “boxing gyms Las Vegas” and pick from the results.
You can also enlist Facebook to help you locate local boxing gyms.
Now that your search results will give you some gyms to pick from, how do you get to know the right one?
Let me give you some tips below:
- First, ensure the gym is within striking distance. The location of the gym can profoundly impact your ability and dependability to train for boxing with the required level of consistency.
- With that in mind, pick a convenient location that will not make your decision to attend the training sessions a challenge.
- You also need to open minded when picking your boxing gym. Gyms come in various sizes, shapes, and settings. The gym doesn’t have to look new. All it needs to have is proper training equipment and coaches. Always remember this rule: “what you learn is more important than where you learn it.”
- Pay the gym a visit and watch how it operates. Look at the fighters there. Do they work or do they just stand, talk and mill about? If yes, that’s not the right place to help you achieve the necessary skills you need for your boxing career.
- And during your visit, ensure your look at the state of the training equipment around there. Needless to mention, they should be well maintained.
Step 2: Look for a good coach
Remember you’re looking forward to learning a new skill, and you’ll need someone to train you till you become competent; that’s the coach!
He will teach you how the proper hitting techniques, holds the mitts as you spar, supervise you as you hit the punching bag and offer you expert advice on how to improve your form.
Your coach might also recommend an effective nutrition or workout to help accelerate your boxing career.
But you need to be very careful when choosing a boxing coach!
You should simply look for a trainer you can trust and rely on. On the other hand, the instructor should feel that their prospect has got what it takes- discipline, potential, dedication, and coachable- to get into boxing.
When you first meet with your coach, I’d advise that you make the two-way interview process… expect him to ask you questions like: why you’ve chosen boxing, your inspirations for the same, what you plan to accomplish, and how much you’re willing to sacrifice and endure.
When it’s your turn, ask him his coaching philosophy, what is expected of you, what happens during the training sessions, how soon he prepares his boxers for sparring, and how soon you should expect to start competing.
If none of these questions are clearly answered, or you’re not satisfied with the replies, it’s time to look for another coach.
As a side note, you can ask your boxing gym owner to recommend you some reputable boxing coaches. This wills save you a lot of time and get you started ASAP!
Step 3: You’ll need an amateur boxing license too
For you to get that permit, you first need to pass a physical.
Again, you can turn to your gym owner or your coach to help you find physicians who specialize in conducting amateur boxing physicals.
After you pass the physical, obtain a copy of the test, and then download and fill the USA Boxing application form [https://webpoint.usaboxing.org/wp/Memberships/Join.wp].
For under 18 applicants, their forms MUST be signed by their parents/guardians.
When you’re done, mail your application- including the signed physical form, your birth certificate (original or notarized copy), two passports-sized photos, and the registration fee- to your local boxing committee.
Following the approval of your application, you can now start taking your training sessions. If you picked a good gym and coach, you should be adequately trained for boxing and fully prepared for boxing, and you can proceed to the final step…
Step 4: Time to sign up for your FIRST event!
Your coach will let you know when you’re ready to participate in an amateur boxing event.
This is what you’ve been waiting for!
As you sign up for your first ever boxing event, keep in mind that your weight will determine the class you’ll kick off your amateur boxing career in.
The amateur events occur at both local and national levels, and their culmination is championship games.
If you’ve always loved the boxing sport and have always dreamed of joining it one day, this is the perfect time for you. Where and how to start should not be an issue after carefully going through my detailed guide above.
Look for a good gym, a great coach, sign up for the amateur boxing license, and get in for the training. It won’t take long before your coach makes that statement you’ve been waiting for: “you’re good enough to participate in amateur boxing events!”