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How to make your own sparbar

How to make your own sparbar

The standard items of equipment for training by yourself in the sport of boxing are the three bags: the heavy bag, the double-end bag, and the speed bag.

I love beating the shit out of the three bags as much as the next person. In particular, there’s nothing quite like a long session of twelve..

Posted by ScepticalBoxer in Gear, 29 comments
Review: Lace N Loop Glove Enhancing System

Review: Lace N Loop Glove Enhancing System

The two basic systems of glove closure are the lace-up system and the velcro system.

Professional boxers seem to prefer lace-up gloves for training, and they always fight in them, probably owing to the requirements of sanctioning bodies. Gear aficionados tell us that the dominance of the lace-up..

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Humanity must not allow Punchtex to fall into the hands of Skynet

Humanity must not allow Punchtex to fall into the hands of Skynet

If you’ve read my Guide to buying boxing gloves in Australia, you’ll be aware that I’m pretty sceptical about Australian brands. In general, they’re basically slick and sneaky marketers of low quality gloves produced by the gazillion in Pakistani factories. Many of their gloves look cool,..

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Catechism for novice boxers

Catechism for novice boxers

Boxing is a technically sophisticated sport. There’s a lot you need to practise and internalise before you have your first amateur fight in a ring.

That’s just a fact.

Every novice amateur boxer needs to understand and acknowledge it. If you’re a novice and you don’t appreciate..

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Best synthetic / non-leather boxing gloves

Best synthetic / non-leather boxing gloves

If you’re a boxer and your values and beliefs rule out buying products made of leather, then what synthetic/non-leather boxing gloves should you buy?

This is a genuine problem for vegan and vegetarian boxers who abstain from eating animals on ethical grounds (though perhaps not for those..

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Just whom did Ruiz shock?

Just whom did Ruiz shock?

Not me.

But it seems almost everyone else was shocked by Andy Ruiz Jnr’s defeat of Anthony Joshua on 1 June this year at Madison Square Garden.

The Mexican-American went into the fight as a massive 25/1 (+2500) underdog. The bookies wrote him off. The media and its talking heads wrote..

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