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Training to be a Boxer - part 2

Listed below are some articles and information about boxing. These articles are written by our staff who proficient in boxing and martial arts. These articles are copyrighted and for your information only!!
If placing these articles on your website, credit must be given to the author or a link back to this website.

Skipping ropes for Boxing and Fitness

Boxers have been using skipping ropes as a training aid for many years. Skipping can be used for endurance work, developing speed in short bursts, coordination and to encourage a sense of rhythm.
Many of the great champions used to skip to the lively beat of music. One of these champions was the great “Sugar” Ray Robinson. You will find many film clips of him skipping to music, his timing and coordination was remarkable.

Boxers will usually warm up with skipping. Depending on the boxer and what level he is at in his career, a warm up could be as long as 20 - 30minutes. During skipping, a boxer will use different types of skipping techniques like crossing the rope, double jumps, short sprints on the spot, moving backwards and forwards e.t.c.

As a beginner you should persevere with rope skipping, although it might seem awkward at first, your timing and rhythm will be off sync and you might even trip over a few times, you need to practice over and over again. Once you have mastered the basic techniques of skipping, your coach or other boxers in the gym will teach you more advanced routines.

There are many types of skipping ropes, they come in all shapes, sizes , colours and made from different materials like leather , nylon, rubber, wire e.t.c

Leather ropes are more popular for boxers and they might cost you a little more than the thinner type nylon ropes.
Wire ropes encased in PVC are another popular rope at the moment because they turn faster than the normal ropes and this will make the skipper work faster and much harder therefore improving fitness levels.
More advanced skippers will use ropes with a weighted handle, this will help to work the forearms as well as building endurance.

Many specialist boxing stores like UK Boxing store will have a range of skipping ropes to choose from. Your coach will also be able to give you guidance on the right skipping rope.

Enjoy your training and train hard

A wide range of Leather, PVC and weighted Skipping ropes are available from UK Boxing store. You will also find articles on skipping and fitness. Your one stop Boxing equipment store.

author : Claude Evans - UK Boxing store

Choosing the right punch bags

Boxing training is one of the best ways to get fit and stay fit. In every boxing gym you will see a heavy punch bag, a punch bag is an essential part of a boxer’s training programme to build stamina, develop punching power and practice combinations.

Punch bags come in all different shapes, sizes and materials. The most common punch bag is the straight ones, these are available in all sizes from 3ft - 5ft, they are perfect for practicing straight punches and hooks.

Kickboxing gyms prefer the 5ft long straight bags, this is perfect for practicing punches and elbow strikes also knee strikes, low kicks and high level kicks.

The angled punch bag has a much wider top and is tapered, this bag is useful for practicing the uppercut and advanced combinations.

Leather punch bags might cost more but they are heavy duty and built to take a pounding, quality leather punch bags usually have an inner foam jacket for a more responsive feel and kindness to your hands and wrist, also they tend to be machine filled to give greater shock absorption, you will find leather punch bags in most boxing gyms.

Punch bags made from PU, canvas or vinyl are perfect for home use and fitness gyms, they usually come with a soft rag filling for kindness to your hands and wrists.

When using punch bags, always wear hand wraps and gloves. Remember to punch the bag and not push it, work on your combinations both head height and to the body, keep on your toes and move around the bag.

Most trainers will give their boxers a certain routine with a number of rounds, see below for an example.

The first round would be just throwing a fast jab and double jab, moving around the bag bobbing and weaving and throwing the odd jab, cross.., this round would be two minutes long with 30 seconds rest.

The second round you would add the left hook to the combination, remember to hook to body and head, bobbing and weaving, moving round the bag and keep a nice tight guard.

This is just a basic example of a punch bag routine, you can find more routines and boxing articles at

author : Claude Evans - UK Boxing store


Sparring is an essential part of any boxer's training programme whether Amateur or Professional.
Punch bags and focus pads are O.K to develop timing, power, technique and fitness but they don't hit back!
A sparring partner is required to learn the true actions and reactions of an opponent. Your boxing coach will tell you when you are ready for sparring, this will be when your boxing education really begins.
There are two levels of sparring, body sparring and open sparring. Both levels should be supervised at all times by a competent coach.


The next step up from the punch bags is body sparring, this is where boxers can punch from the neck down to the waist. Although no head contact is allowed, it is recommended that both boxers wear protective equipment in the event of stray punches - A good quality Headguard (Leather), gumshield, no foul protector / groin guard and 16oz sparring gloves.

This method of sparring is a great way for conditioning the body and mind to diminish the fear of being hit and also hitting somebody.
You will stay at this level until your coach thinks you are ready to step up to open sparring.


Open sparring is where punches to the body and head is allowed.
As with body sparring, all the protective equipment must be worn. Your first sparring session must be highly controlled, remember you are still learning and you should not be trying to beat up your sparring partner.
It takes some time to accept getting hit, at first you might get mad but it's better to keep your composure and try and figure out why you got hit in the first place.

You should go into every session with the intention to practice everything your coach has told you. For example, you might be working on sharpening your left jab and keeping your right hand close to your jaw, or you might be slipping punches and bobbing and weaving.

Listen to your coach and train hard!

See our other articles about boxing techniques also beginners and advanced sparring drills. Also view a wide range of boxing equipment at UK Boxing store

author : Claude Evans - UK Boxing store

Ring tactics and Ring craft

Ring tactics and strategies are what you will need when you enter the ring with an opponent of a specific physique or style. Although it is difficult to generalise how to deal with all known styles of fighting, the following tactics are generally regarded as the most effective.


You will need to keep moving both ways, draw the lead and slip inside. Once on the inside, switch attacks from head to body with hooks and uppercuts. Care must be taken when trying to get on the inside, you must beware of his uppercuts.


Do not work in a straight line, keep moving left and right, side step and work to the sides. Use straight punches and look for openings to use your uppercuts.


You need to keep pressure on this type of opponent, keep bobbing and weaving and try to slip under the jab. Once inside the jab, work the body with solid hooks and uppercuts.


You'll need to keep moving against this type of fighter. DO NOT allow him to get set and "plant his feet". Launch unsuspecting attacks. Don't stand and trade punches, circle the ring and in both directions.


Force him to lead by feinting and try and concentrate on countering his counter. Keep him under pressure and off balance.


You will need to circle left on the blind side away from your opponents left hook. Use your left hook to cross over the southpaw lead and also use your right hand to head and body.

please note:

Ring craft is not a substitute for physical fitness and boxing ability. You must work hard in training and sparring and the ability to solve problems and workout your opponent's strengths and weaknesses will come with experience.

Never stop trying, even though things might not be going well for you in a fight, you must remember that it only takes one well placed punch to turn things around.
Don't be too tense as this will slow down your reactions. Try to appear confident by not displaying signs of tiredness and discomfort, easier said than done but this will come with experience.

Vary your moves and combinations, never use the same move more than twice in succession. A good opponent will notice this and plan for a counter which could be devastating.

author : Claude Evans - UK Boxing store


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