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BOX

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Whether it’s simply to

work up a sweat and

get a bit fitter, or to step

into the ring to compete

competitively, boxing is

a sport that continues

to maintain widespread

appeal for a diverse

cross-section of people...

T

he majority of those who

step through the doors of

the 900-plus gyms affiliated

to governing body England

Boxing each day are there purely for

recreational purposes – to skip, punch a bag,

shadow box and learn the skills and training

drills.

After a hard day at the office, it’s a great

way to get rid of building stress levels and

maintaining strong mental health, plus the

friendly, social environment

means it’s easy to make

new friends.

People who attend

often comment that it

helps to build confidence

and self-esteem, and

there are obvious benefits

in terms of improving

overall fitness, in particular

cardiovascular health and

overall body strength.

Gym in Sheffield.

Competition

Those who compete

against each other are

said to be ‘carded’ boxers – they have been

registered and undergone a medical review

before they take on another opponent. They

must be at least ten-years- old and can only

be matched against someone of similar age,

weight and experience.

Safety is the number one priority, with all

competitive bouts taking place under the

supervision of a qualified events supervisor,

as well as qualified referees, judges and

officials, backed-up by the provision of a

ringside doctor. All must wear gum-shields

and, senior men aside, head-guards.

It is mandatory for all competitive boxers

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Women training at the Aspire

have an annual medical assessment

and, prior to each bout, boxers must again

undergo a further health check to ensure

they are ‘fit-to-box’.

England Boxing has been holding its

National Amateur Championships (formerly

ABAs) since 1881, with this year’s event

taking place in April over two weekends

in Nottingham and Manchester across 21

weight divisions – 11 for men and 10 for

women.

As well as the senior ranks, there are also

aged-based Championships for Youth, Junior

and School boxers staged between February

and May, together with a Development

event in October and Women’s Winter Box

Cup in December.

Professionals

Those tournaments have, down the years,

proven to be a very useful breeding ground

for some of Britain’s most celebrated

performers both at Olympic level – the

highest stage on which an amateur can

compete – and on the professional circuit.

Two of the biggest names in heavyweight

boxing, Anthony Joshua (with Finchley in

2010 and 2011) and Tyson Fury (with Jimmy

Egan’s in 2008) have won coveted national

senior titles and they are not alone in using

their amateur triumphs as a springboard to

further success.

Carl Froch, Ricky Hatton, George Groves,

Frank Bruno, Nigel Benn, Alan Minter and

Henry Cooper, as well as Nicola Adams,

Savannah Marshall and Stacey Copeland,

are some of the other familiar faces and are

products of the English amateur system.

Many boxers are roared on by family and

friends when they take part in a bout, but

all spectators are welcome, with many clubs

holding their own shows.

Most events are pay-on-the-day and

relatively cheap, with the typical price to view

a full session of boxing at an England Boxing

event around £20 for adults and significantly

cheaper for concessions and children.

Youth

For many young people, learning to box is a

positive physical interest that keeps them out

of trouble and teaches them discipline that

serves them well mentally and emotionally

throughout their lives too.

Inclusion

Coaches at some clubs, meanwhile, have

been trained in how to make sessions

inclusive for people with disabilities. One

such example is at Poole ABC, where a

member who has cerebral palsy boxes and

spars on her knees.

If you have a disability, then you can

contact one of nine club support officers

based around the country, via the England

Boxing website, who will be happy to point

you in the right direction.

The best way to find your

nearest club is online at www.

englandboxing.org, where

the Club Finder has a list of

all registered clubs, as well as

contact details.

A bout from the England Boxing National

Junior Championships 2019, Rotherham.

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