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      13.08.2012 20:37
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      Gold!

      Anthony Ogogo, that cheeky chappy who did the Subway advert, was first up for Team GB in the Boxing at the Excel, in the sort of shape you don't get from eating Subway. Holly Bleasdale, the other athlete from the annoying Subway advert, performed and looked like she has been munching the junk food and finished last in the women's pole vault. One of the biggest grumbles by the liberals is the way junk food manufacturers are the main sponsors for the Games, products least likely to make you an Olympic champion. Subway has more salt in their food than the Dead Sea!

      Welshman Freddie Evans looked impressive in the welterweight division to progress with style and Josh Taylor put away a useful Brazilian to also progress. The seven man British team was packed with world and European champions and finalists and so expectation was high, as was the girl's GB team, Nicola Adams the star turn there, the first time girls have fought in the Olympics. But like the swimming, the sport can throw up unknowns to take the medals.

      All Olympic boxing tournaments produce controversy and normally due to bias refereeing and home judging and no different in London, the local boys getting some seriously dodgy wins. When middleweight Anthony Ogogo pulled off the shock defeat of beating the Ukrainian favorite and world amateur champion Ievgen Khytrov it looked like a 'homer' tome and most of the commentators. It was scored an 18-18 draw after the three rounds yet the Ukrainian fighter looked the stronger and more skilled throughout and had Ogogo on two standing counts in the last round yet still lost that round by one point? Count back couldn't split them on 52-52 so it went down to the judges simultaneously pressing a red or blue color button to decide it. Ogogo was declared the winner but the score not made public. An online publication would show that the Ukraine had won the count back 53-52. The new scoring system was already under pressure after a Japanese boxer put the other guy down six times and still lost after the result was 'overturned'. The home bias continued when superheavyweight Anthony Joshua was declared the winner for Team GB but seemed to win just 2 of the 15 rounds marked by the five judges. Things are even foggier by the fact live scores are not shown on the screens during the rounds like they were in the last three Games. It's believed they were dropped as corrupt judges could try and influence the score if their preferred guy wasn't ahead during rounds.


      ----Olympic Judging---

      There are 5 judges for each fight. They award appoint for each punch that lands wit the knuckle of the glove on head and body.

      A Point is scored when three of the five judges press a button within one second of each other that then registers the punch.

      The score we see at the end of each round is an average taken from the three judges who scores are closest.

      A knockdown that doesn't end the fight is worth a mere point.

      Two points go to the opponent for rule infringements after two warnings.

      Count back decides ties from the three 'active ' judges. The red and blue button is used if that doesn't split them.


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      Anthony Agogo guaranteed his medal by beating a German 15-10 in the last eight, a minimal bronze medal for all the losers in semi-finals. Britain's men had six boxers out of seven in the various weights quarter-finals. But defeats for team captain Tom Stalker in the last eight of the light-welterweight to a feisty Mongolian took the shine off the success some, an appeal lodged on the result. The fights are very close with few knockdowns or knee wobblers and Team GB were certainly getting the benefit of the doubt in most fights. Excuse the pun Tom but take it on the chin mate!


      ***Gold***

      Nicola Adams has been brilliant for the girls and made the Flyweight final. She is a bundle of energy with a lovely smile and could give the guys a go in the ring, a 29-year-old that looks 14. But she did it; the winner of the first ever Olympic Boxing gold, rolling over Chinese world champion Can Chan. Having to fight twice in two days was a bit hard on the girls considering Tom Daley has two weeks between his events but no problem for this little dynamo. Adams won in huge style and followed up in similar style by Irish superstar Katy Taylor winning gold, two national heroes's born. But the fighting girls were not finished there, a stunning gold in the Taekwondo for Jade Jones, a chirpy 19-year-old from Wales, Great Britain's first ever gold in this sport. The girls are really doing the business in these Games, 10 gold's the record for British women in Olympic sport at this point. Teaching girls that kicking each other in the head is a good thing is perhaps another debate. Well this is East London after all.

      I wasn't a fan of the idea of female boxing in The Olympics if I'm honest as when you see a girl get knocked out in pro boxing it's a disturbing sight. But amateur boxing rarely gets knock downs and with just four x two minute rounds and the girls well protected with breast pads and head guards it looks safe, as well as being extremely skilled, a collection of hard cases, tomboys and Eastern European lesbians having the best fun in the Excel. The downside is the crowd are all men baying for blood.


      ***Bronze***

      Ashley Agogo won bronze in the boxing after losing his semi-final but Fred Evans beat the world welterweight champion to make the final. Anthony Joshua in the super heavyweight with a brilliant last round also made the gold medal match. Luke Campbell made it a Hatrick to reach the Bantamweight Final.

      ***GOLD***

      Luke Campbell, the class of the seven Brit's, became the Olympic champion after beating John Jo Nevin of Ireland in the Bantam Weight, the first Brit to win this belt since 1908, that the first London Olympics of three, of course.

      ***GOLD***
      *Silver*

      Gold for Joshua in the super-heavyweight after a dramatic last round win over the defending Olympic Italian champion. It was some fight and Joshua's late bombs nicked it on a split decision. It was not to be for Wales Freddie Evans though, overrun for gold by Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan by 17-9 for silver.

      --------Medals-------
      1 Great Britain & N. Ireland (3) (1) (1) 5 Medals
      2 Ukraine (2) (1) (2) 5 Medals
      3 Cuba (2) 0 (2) 4 Medals
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      For me an enjoyable boxing tournament this year and it should have been given more screen time, often shut away on BBC sports Extra on 301. Three golds and five medals is a great return though! Roll on Rio!

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        10.06.2012 16:41
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        The night boxing lost its relevance

        Boxing has been around in various forms since the ancient Greek Olympics, it has had it's ups and downs, last night a new chapter in the history took place when one of the all time great fighters Manny Pacquaio took on the unbeaten but limited Tim Bradley at 147lbs, over the twelve rounds Pacquaio took Bradley to school.

        During the fight Manny controlled the ring for almost 10 of the 12 rounds, showed greater aggression and power and threw 253 punches to Bradley's 159, in the first 4 rounds Pacquaio was utterly in control and as the fight progressed he continued to dictate the pace and flow of the fight.

        However after the twelfth round with no knockout taking place the fight went to the three judges, from the Nevada Boxing Board, the first announced Manny had won by two rounds, then shockingly the other two judges awarded the bout to Bradley. Even Bradley admitted he would have to watch the tapes to see if he had won, not the sound of a man convinced of his ability, while he had shown good defence and endurance through the fight he had shown nowhere near enough to even be within 5 rounds of Manny on most peoples score cards.

        The media have debated this issue overnight and I can't find one article awarding Bradley more than 3 of the 12 rounds, many have suggested the result was fixed to ensure a money-making rematch, unfortunately for all of us who paid for pay-per-view and stayed up most of the night, the idea of that is quite repulsive. Watching a truly great champion school a willing but limited opponent and then lose his tile is bad enough, immediately having the rematch clause shoved down our throats is equally galing. I would suggest the boxing board of control review the decision thoroughly, it simply wasn't fair and I have not read one person (Apart from obvious internet trolls) suggesting the true winner was announced after this fight.

        Boxing commentators are questioning the ethics of the sport and suggesting this is akin to WWE wrestling where the result is pre-determined and only the crowd are left out of knowing this, while I don't think the fight was fixed, I do think the result was wrong and should be reviewed, just as the boxing board of control would review any other kind of wrong-doing in the boxing ring.

        I have loved boxing for many years, watching Carl Froch show his steel and determination in beating Bute a few weeks ago was a joy, watching Kell Brook dazzle opponents or Pacquaio dominate through work-rate and power are enjoyable for all boxing fans, but this result really could damage the sport. With the awful state of Heavyweight boxing, the prospect of Haye and Chisora further tarnishing the sport with their sham fight and now this, the sport needs a great olympics to rekindle interest from fans who have been burnt.

        I feel as though I had my wallet nicked after seeing the result last night, just as i'm sure the fighters put a lot into training for this fight, I stayed up late and paid to watch it, because of two really awful judging decisions I found myself disillusioned and disappointed in a sport which needs to keep its nose clean at all times due to the large number of people who want to denigrate it.

        The two boxers put on a good fight and certainly didn't deserve this, if it was fixed this is a disgrace, if the boxing board of control do nothing about this, after their intervention in the Amir Khan fight when scorecards were allegedly tampered with, then they shouldn't be controlling the sport and if this issue isn't cleared up, not only will a number of fight fans probably switch off but I would imagine a number of boxing journalists and fighters might too.

        A sad night for boxing, enclosed are a few quotes from people involved in the fight game:

        * Fight Promoter Bob Arum about the judges: "I have the best eye doctor in the world. If they get on a plane to LA, I would pay for their visit."

        * ESPN Boxing Analyst Teddy Atlas: "The bottom line is that if you're an honest man, if you're a competent person that knows what he's watching, Pacquiao won that fight. Only one man won that fight. And he doesn't get the decision.

        It's an injustice to the sport, an injustice to the fighters, an injustice to the fan base and it's one of the fallacies...one of the problems with the sport of boxing right now that the wrong guy wins sometimes".

        * Pacquiao: "I don't even remember him hurting me with one punch. Not one punch. Amazing what happened."

        * ESPN Boxing Analyst, Nigel Bradley: "A tragic night for Pacquiao and boxing. It was perhaps the worse dec. I've ever seen. Anybody who thinks it was incompetence is a fool".


        In Summary:

        From reading the Guardian, Telegraph, Boxing News and the Daily Mail, I still haven't found anyone who thought Bradley won the fight, this will tarnish the name of boxing, alongside other recent events and make many question putting their hard earned money into watching it, I for one will be much more careful in the future about considering buying these events, from reading many in the sports comments this could prove to be a seminal moment in the sport which is losing viewers to MMA fighting all the time, without wishing to be controversial, the judging last night was amateur, incompetent and potentially corrupt, I don't wish to be a part of this any longer, it is just a shame for the fighters who dedicate their lives to their profession that they are let down so badly by these faceless goons.

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          03.05.2009 17:31
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          I'm glad I never paid to watch that!

          Ricky Hatton v Manny Pacquiao
          3 May 2009

          Well what more can I say about this fight, other than it was utter humiliation for Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton!!!

          I have watched hundreds of fights over the years and one advantage (and trust me there aren't many) of suffering from severe insomnia is that I get a chance to watch many of the LAS VEGAS fights without needing an alarm clock!!

          This morning I'd been in bed for about 3 hours (I usually manage this part of the night quite well) when my inner alarm clock told me it was 4.30am. It does this everything morning and that usually is my lot as far as sleep is concerned.

          I popped downstairs and switched on 5 live and listened to the build up. It didn't start until 5am so it gave me time to find a channel on the net showing the fight live - and free. I honestly thought Ricky had a chance against Manny Pacquiao. However he put the Hitman down twice on the canvas in the first before ending the most one sided fight I have ever seen near the end of the second. The knockout was with a left hook and it badly injured Hatton. He was flat out and needed assistance from ringside doctors. Later a brain scan in hospital confirmed no lasting injury.

          All I can say is that if I paid to watch this fight, either by Pay per View or paying to fly out to Vegas (like 20,000 plus did) I would have felt ripped off. Time for Hatton to hang up his gloves - I think!!

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            27.04.2009 17:13
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            The fight against two great boxers

            Exactly a week from now the biggest boxing fight of 2009 will happened, it's between Filipino pride Manny "Pacman" Pacquaio and English man Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton. Two of the best boxer of today's generation, its entitle The battle of the East & West and this will happened on MGM Grand Las Vegas. Right after Pacquiao's fight against De La Hoya, Hatton has been very vocal that he wants Pacquiao to be his next opponent , so as the year 2009 starts, things have been settled. At start there's have been some problems on Pacquaio's part but later on he agreed on the agreement.

            PACQUAIO
            48-3-2 36 win s by KO
            29 yrs. Old
            General Santos City Philippines
            Lightweight
            WBC Lightweight Champion
            Famous Opponents:
            Oscar De La Hoya
            Juan Manuel Marquez
            Marco Antonio Barrera

            Manny Pacquiao gain popularity because of his fight against great Mexican boxers, he fought Eric Morales 3 times and he won twice by the way of knock out. Another Mexican boxer is Marco Antonio Barrera, he defeated Barrera twice, one by a knock out and the second one is by unanimous decision. Juan Manuel Marquez is I guess one of Pacquiao's greatest opponent, I saw his last fight against him and he really had a hard time and I think Marquez did had a hard time too. The proof that they really have a tough time fighting each other is, with their two fights no one has been knocked out and it last up to 12 rounds. Pacquiao is under Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions and Freddie Roach is his boxing coach in all his big fight. After Mayweather announce his retirement from boxing, and after Manny won against Dela Hoya last December, Pacquiao became the Best pound for pound boxer .

            HATTON
            30 yrs old
            Light Welterweight
            45-1-0 32 Knock outs
            Manchester, England
            Famous opponent:
            Floyd Mayweather Jr.

            Hatton had a clean record and had never been knocked out, but when he fought Mayweather Jr. he tasted his first defeat and his first knock out. Since then he has been asking for a rematch but his hopes ended when Mayweather Jr. decided to retired from boxing. His fight against Malinaggi is an statement that his back again and his ready to fight anyone, his under Golden Boy Promotions and Floyd Mayweather Sr. is his coach in this fight.

            OPINION

            I didn't mean to make this a one sided review thing, but because I'm a Filipino and Pacquaio is one great Filipino fighter and I got to watched every fight that he had, I can say I have so many things to share about him. Regarding about Hatton I only got to know him when he started to talk about Pacquiao, I was able to watch his last fight against Malinaggi and I can say he has a power punch in his arsenals. What makes this fight really exciting is, both figters has the ability to knock each other with one punch, that's why just a week before the fight, promoters announces that the tickets have been sold out.

            MY BET

            Of course I'm placing my bet to Manny Pacquaio

            FORECAST

            I would say someone will kiss the mat, honestly I don't know who will it be because as I've said both is capable of knocking down their opponents.

            RESULT!!

            Its DONE! Pacquaio finished the fight earlier than I expected. Indeed MAnny PAcquaio is the best pound for pound boxer right now. MAbuhay ang mga PinoY!!!

            www.pacquiao-vs-hatton.blogspot.com

            www.wikipedia.com

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              25.02.2009 16:54
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              A great sport for any level

              Boxing is an extremely physical and strategic sport, which involves two contestants in the same weight division. The aim is to score points with a direct hit to the front of the head or to the body and the Bout (fight) is set around timed rounds.

              Boxers need to be physically fit and very skilled, in all matters such as footwork, hand speed, defences, counter manouveres and many more. This takes lots of practice and hardwork to master.
              Training for boxing is hard work, you need your fitness to last the rounds. Running is very common, as is skipping for improvement in footwork, hitting heavy bags for power and speed bags for hand speed.

              Sparring is a practice bout, headguards are to be worn even if professional. Most sparring is light to avoid injury and you mainly focus on technique, not power or speed.
              Shadow boxing in the mirror gives u an idea and improves on your footwork and body movements, and also identiifies what u need improvement on. It also develops speed, confidence and balance.

              Boxing is a sport for the not so faint hearted. It is very skilled and very popluler, but i would recommend the thrill of it too anybody willing to train hard.

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                14.12.2008 01:00
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                If people chose to box then they know the risks...!!

                Boxing... barbaric or sport???

                I tend to go with the latter as I enjoy the sport very much.

                Personally, I started boxing at school many years ago, (god I feel old), it taught me discipline, balance and most importantly respect... it also kept me fit and improved my hand-eye co-ordination.
                As my interest in participation grew I joined a local gym at the age of 16 and, over my time, sparred with many opponents, (including a very famous Irishman who became world famous), my liking for the sport growing as my skills improved...
                Then my career choice helped me continue in the respect I had acquired for this sport, contending in many amateur fights during my military life, (losing more than I care to remember... but some of them blokes are built like brick sh$t houses)...
                But, unfortunately for me, a combination of injuries, (not caused by boxing), and a lack of time to practice, my boxing career ended before it began really... staying in the amateur status, wearing the silly t-shirt and head guard for what seemed like forever.
                To be honest, I do sometimes think about getting back into the sport, (usually when I've had a few and my brains turned into putty...) but when I come to my senses I realise that I am just too bloody old... ow well, never mind....



                * Very brief outline of the sport...

                Derived in Ancient Greece this sport has risen through time to become a vast money making game which is not quite as dangerous now as it was back in its beginning, mainly due to the medical response and the pre-fight examinations which are taken.
                It is a combat sport between two people of roughly the same proportion, using their glove covered semi-clenched fist to try and defeat their opponent... it is a sport which is regulated by a referee inside a 'ring' of rope...(which is not actually a ring but a square..? with four corners... one corner for each fighter and two neutral corners where the fighters have to stand in the event of a 'knockdown' or a 'count' )

                A boxing match, or a 'bout' as it is called, is decided over 12 rounds... (although this used to be 15, but in the very early years it used to be until a fighter dropped..?)...
                The entire 'bout' is watched over by a full medical team and many 'officials' who are ready to jump in in case of any troubles...

                The 'bout, can be ended by either a Knockout... which is as it sounds, when a fighter can no longer continue to fight... or a TKO, (technical knockout... which means that the referee or the 'second' by throwing in the towel, stops the fight if he thinks that a fighter is unfit to continue...)...
                The other result is on points' which mean that the fight has gone the entire distance and the ringside judges decide on who wins the bout, ( as they score points during each 'round' for certain things as they fight... such as hits, dodges, combinations etc.etc.)

                * The downside of Boxing...

                Boxing is a full contact sport and because of this around 1500 deaths have occurred since the beginning of this sports recordable life, but over the passed decade, through better controls and improved health checks the death rates have fallen slightly... although not completely eradicated ... I believe there have been some 70 fatalities inside the ring since 1998, with 2001 being the worst year consisting of 12 deaths...

                But, all sports have there fatalities... (although not as many as boxing I must admit) here are a few examples

                * Football... Renato Curi (1977), David John Longhurst (1990), Mohamed Abdelwahab (2006), Marc Vivien Foe (2003) Antonio Puerta (2007)... ... and others

                *Cycling... Spains Manuel Galera in the Tour of Andalusia, Fabio Casartelli in the tour de France (1995) and most recently the Portuguese Bruno Neves racing in the 'Classica de Amaranth (2008), and others

                * Bobsleighing... Italian Sergio Zardini (1931), American James Patrick Morgan (1981) and German Yvonne Cernota (2004), and others

                *Horse racing... Charles Boland (1961), Avelino Gomez (1980), Willy Kan Waai-Yue (1999), Philip Cheng Cheong-tat (2000), and others

                * Wrestling... Malcolm Kirk (1987), Gary Albright (2000), larry Latham (2003), Daniel Michael Quirk (2005), and others.

                And then there's motor racing, (which has many fatalities), motorcycling, skiing and most other sports.... All having there fair share of fatalities.

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                * The public outcry...

                Many people, including medical bodies such as the BMA, are constantly calling for this sport to be banned because of the damage that it causes to the fighters, usually brain injuries such as clots or severe damage leading to the fighters acting sluggish with slurred speak... this is known as 'Punch Drunk'... but to ban this sport would be a massive mistake as it would simply take the sport 'underground' where there is no real medical attachment leading to many avoidable deaths...

                When ever a death occur, (in any sport), there is a public outcry for rules to be changed and lessons to be learnt... but if consenting adults are willing to put themselves forward for what they enjoy then why should the watching public be offended by this..? Why should people want a sport banned if the contenders are more than happy to be doing what they do even though they know the risks involved..?

                * My opinion is that boxing is a sport which teaches people discipline, balance and respect... very much like many forms of martial arts... and if practiced in a controlled situation it is a good form of exercise and confidence builder, giving the participant a feel good factor as they realise their potential...
                The sport will always be a dangerous one, probably with many more deaths to come, but as long as the contenders are willing then is it not up to them to put there lives on the line for the sport they love?
                And as the medical interventions improve we will hopefully see less deaths with-in the ring....(although the phase 'punch-drunk' will always be associated with boxing).

                If you want to give it a go then go to your local boxing club and get some information... it may seem like a brutal sport but it is by far the greatest confidence builder, (along side losing your virginity I suppose LOL).

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                  06.12.2006 00:49
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                  never seen a cricket team play so bad

                  England accuse other teams of cheating. In the past Shane Warne and Steve Waugh were caught cheating. Was the second ashes test fixed. I don't know.

                  It was spectacular fall though. I heard Boycott say at lunch time that it will take a miracle to produce any results other than a draw.

                  Was it a miracle, was it easy money or was it English team doing its best to disgrace itself.

                  We will never know what happened at Adelaide last night. Is Ian Bell to blame for the mighty collapse with him getting himself run out, or should we blame Flintoff and the other batsman.

                  There is something incredibly weird going on in the English dressing room. Why pick Anderson? One wicket in two test matches, Giles is also an anomaly, there is a better spinner in the squad, I can't understand Giles in the team to score runs.

                  Whatever happened to the English Cricket Team on the fifth day (after lunch) will never be explained and that is why many people will think of cheating.

                  I am disgusted with the performance of our cricket team. It is for this reason that I regrettably announce that I won't be staying up to watch any of the test matches. I made sure of that by ripping up the satellite dish and putting alcohol in the receiver while it was connected to the mains.

                  Bye bye ashes and bye bye Sky TV.

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                    Despite many believing that boxing is just a barbaric "sport" whereby two grown men beat the living hell out of each other, boxing is a sport which requires discipline, strength, skill and co-ordination. Being an amateur boxer myself for over a year, I have grasped the basics, so to speak, and whereas I know I have a long way to go in the sport if I want to develop as a fighter, in this opinion I will try to include some pointers for anybody interested, or other aspiring boxers. In boxing, your fists are often not the most important factor. If you don't stand correctly, you won't have power or speed in your punches. Assuming you are right handed (orthodox), you would stand with your left foot pointed forward, with your right at an angel of approximately 45 degrees. Your feet should be roughly shoulder-width apart, though each boxer has their own unique stance. Your back foot should have the heel slightly off the ground to provide mobility and ease of movement. Once in your stance, obviously you need to protect your face and body simulataneously. My personal "guard" rests my back hand up against my cheek bone with my forehand slightly forward. Keep your elbows in to also protect your chest and stomach and always tuck in your chin to avoid being hit with an uppercut so easily. ---------- FOOTWORK ---------- Arguably the most important part of boxing, a simple rule here is simply to practise. A common phrase used is "step-and-slide". This means that to move right, your foot closest to the right, steps, and the trailing foot, slides. Apply this rule to moving left, forwards and backwards, but remember to never move your back foot first, for fear of tripping head-over-heels, or worse, directly into the haymaker offence of an opponent! ---------- OFFENSIVE ---------- There are, basically four basic punches - jab, straight right (for right-handers, at least),
                    hook and uppercut. THE JAB Everything develops from this punch, usually thrown in sets of two - a "double-jab". This punch is about speed alone and no power should be put into it. Often used to work out your opponent's style of boxing, and as a wear-down punch, the jab is also commonly used to fend off an opponent. Throw your front hand out quickly in a short, sharp motion, twisting your arm two-thirds of the way through the punch. Remember to detract the jab back quickly into your guard. STRAIGHT "RIGHT" Obviously this would be a straight left for southbore boxers. Using the same set-up as the jab, twist your body into the punch and pushing off with the ball of your back foot. The power will come from the quick twist from your hips, not power from shoulders. HOOK Again, similar to the jab. Get in close to your opponent, drop your shoulder slightly, twist your body and drive off from your back foot. Again, power from this is gained from the sharp hip-twist motion - a great punch if executed correctly. UPPERCUT Get this punch right, and your opponent should be down - get it wrong and you will be wide open. A difficult punch to land as you need to be right in close to your opponent. Drop your shoulder and drive up hard vertically, aiming for the chin area. With a smooth motion, there will be ample amounts of power from this punch. ---------- DEFENSIVE ---------- A common phrase used in boxing is that the best way to avoid being hit is to not let him hit you! Sounds simple, but in the spur of the moment, is a practise that is often hard to remember. There are several basic types of defensive maneuvore available to a boxer. These are: step back, sway back, dip, block and parry. A key point to remember is that only two of the five above involve physical contact. STEP BACK In your stance, simply take a half-step backwards when a punch is thrown
                    at you, keeping your guard up and head down. SWAY BACK A hard tactic to perform, a sway nonetheless sounds very simple. On approach of a punch, sway your upper body back, keeping your guard up at all times. This is hard to pull off, as balancing can often prove somewhat difficult. Not recommended for defence of a combination, but long-reaching punches can be avoided using this method. DIP Also known as "duck", a dip simply involves slightly bending your knees inline with your opponents torso, avoiding the punch. This can also be used as an offensive move, setting you up for some punches to your opponents stomach. BLOCK and PARRY The two "physical" methods of fending off a punch, blocks and parries are easy to pull off. To block, simply forcefully push out your hand, acting as a "pad" for the opponent's punch. A parry is more effective, where you knock the opponent's hand downwards, using a sharp motion, but also opening up your opponent's guard. Obviously, the key to successful boxing is practise, and of course, physical strength and fitness but I hope this has outlined some of the more basic points. Thank you for reading.

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                      If you ever wanted a good argument for boxing to be banned, take a look at Muhammad Ali. One of the most articulate and skilful sportsmen -- let alone boxers -- of all time is now a shambling, slurring, shaking parody of his former self, his brain paying the price for the battering it received in the ring. It's a horrifying and pitiful sight, but though it does provide a good argument for boxing to be banned, I think it's an argument that should be ignored. Boxing is probably the most unpleasant sport of them all, even above thuggish, violence-worshipping rugby or American football, but the damage that it does to the people who take part it in would only become worse if it was pushed underground. In fact, there's a good argument for making boxing even more unpleasant to watch than it already is. I find it disgusting to see two men climb into the ring in the peak of physical fitness with the sole aim of inflicting pain and injury on each other. Even in rugby or American football the direct aim is not to injure your opponents: it's to out-run, out-dodge, and out-score them and prevent them out-running, out-dodging, and out-scoring you. Boxing is different: the aim is injury first, injury second, and injury last. A boxing match is won or lost by jarring the brain: by punching someone in the head so that his brain bounces off the inside of his skull. Done hard enough once or hard enough often enough, that can cause unconsciousness or temporary paralysis: a knockout. But you can only punch someone that hard and often wearing a glove. In the past, boxing was carried out with bare knuckles and blows were much weaker. But they produced much more visible effect: they made cheeks, lips, and eyebrows split and noses bleed, so bare-knuckle fights were very gory and boxers carried the scars of their fights with them to the grave. When gloves were introduced, the blood disappeared, but the injuries carried on. Only now, they were taking
                      place on the INSIDE of the skull and that was much more dangerous. A split lip affected a boxer's looks; a damaged brain affects his life. Boxing would become much safer if it got rid of gloves and returned to the gory glory days. But as with so many aspects of life, so long as the surface looks good, we forget about what's underneath. We don't see boxers' brains bleeding and swelling during a fight, so we don't think about it. We should do, but we shouldn't let it make us ban boxing. Sending it underground, where it couldn't be regulated and taxed, would make things much worse, and they're already very bad.

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                        20.07.2000 05:24
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                        In this day and age it would seem that the heavyweight boxing scene is pretty much sewn up between a couple of TV Channels and promoters. I wonder if somewhere out in the world there is a better heavyweight boxer than either Tyson or Lewis who will never be allowed to demonstrate his true potential because their manager does not have the vital 'connections'. It would be a shame to believe it is so but after the last clear mismatch of opponents for Lewis and Tyson makes me wonder. If you were their manager/promoter would you allow a chance that your golden goose could have its neck wrung. Heavyweight boxing these days is big, big money and I feel that this dictates who gets the chance to face the big names rather than actual talent.

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                        18.07.2000 03:47
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                        I hope this fight happens so much, but as with the world of boxing it is so tough to decide what will happen. I think I will go with popular opinion and say Lennox would win, and convincingly so. However, it would have been good to see Tyson, when he was in his prime against the now Lewis, for although he is world champion I do not believe that he is a paricularly great fighter. The truth is that there are no real heavyweights anywhere near the standards of the likes of Fraser, Ali or even Henry Cooper. Grant may one day be a very good fighter, buthe will take time to get better, but other than that the future is as dismal as the present. I take nothing away from Lewis, he is a good fighter, and it is nice to see a Brit with the title, but he will never be a great fighter.

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                          17.07.2000 20:32
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                          I think Lennox Lewis is the man for giving an ultimatum to the WBO about fighting Mike Tyson. Tyson thought Lewis would get intimidated by his gutless (and mental) remarks about eating Lennox's kids and ripping out his heart. What an idiot, now it is up to him to give his ultimatum so that the fight will go ahead for sure. Whether Tyson goes ahead with the fight or finds an excuse not to fight it is obvious that Lewis will beat Tyson no problems- Lewis can keep his cool and fight technically brilliantly, Tyson will lose his temper and become an easy target for Lennox. Lewis will win in the 6th round.

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