The best famous boxers of all time

Boxing is a sport that has been close to many sports fans. Its agility, precision and stances have brought the greatest fight shows on earth thus bringing some of the world’s greatest fighters. In all of boxing’s glory years, here are the best fighters of their generations that many consider today as famous heroes.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was dubbed as the greatest fighter of the sport in history. He was indeed a boxing legend. During his time, he was able to beat all the heavyweight boxers making the era called the golden years of heavyweight boxing. He was named the best fighter that year several times more than any other boxer there is today.

When you talk about boxing, it’s inevitable not to remember Ali’s name and what he has done for the sport. Ali’s life in the ring was full of controversies because of his unmistakable fame. First was his decision to convert into Sunni Islam and the second was his refusal of joining in on the Vietnam War. Ali wasn’t only a boxer by profession. He was also a philanthropist and a social activist.

Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield also known as “The Real Deal” .Holyfield has given so much color and life to the world of boxing as he was able to deliver a lot of the world’s greatest bouts. His opponents were big names themselves as well. Holyfield was able to fight with men like Mike Tyson, Larry homesGeorge Foreman, Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe.

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao is the most famous boxer of the latest generation. He is the first eight-division world champion. He has won six world titles, as well as the first to be the winner of the lineal championship in four different weight classes. He was named as Fighter of the Decade and a three-time the best fighter that year according to The Ring. Pacquiao became the world’s best pound per pound boxer within a span of seven years in the international boxing field.

Manny Pacquiao’s latest fight was with Timothy Bradley that ended his long-time no loss record in the boxing ring. According to analysts and boxing critics, the fight was one of the most unfathomable decisions in boxing’s history.

The Best Boxing Warmup

When boxing, it’s important to warm up properly before you start.  Loosening the muscles and joints, as well as tendons, is important to prevent a pulled muscle. The warm up also helps you get in the right mentality for your workout and sets the tone for how hard you are going to push yourself. The warm up should get you revved up for the main event.

Usually, a warm up should start out fairly slow or even static before progressing to faster or more intense moves.

Slow leg lifts, marching in place, or doing arm circles all help to adjust the body from being stationary to going into a full boxing routine. From there, gradually heighten the level of intensity with high knees, butt kicks, or slow jogging in place. For the third tier of warming up, try adding yet another level of intensity: jump rope, jumping jacks, or the staple for all boxers: shadow boxing.

Shadow boxing not only helps you keep the motions ingrained in your memory, but it helps you to perfect the motion before performing a punch at full speed. You can vary the speed and intensity as you go to feel more comfortable with straight punches, jabs, uppercuts, and hooks.

Last but not least, don’t ignore  the core when warming up for boxing. The core muscles are crucial to controlling your entire body. Core strength is essential to maintaining balance. Tightening your core during any boxing workout also adds to the intensity and energy expenditure if calorie burning is your goal. Medicine balls, standing crunches, leg lifts, torso twists, and other full-body exercises all achieve this without you having to do a traditional crunch.

No matter what, remember that warming up should be about setting a fitness routine . Never jump straight into a boxing workout without these steps first or you risk muscle injury. Of course, don’t forget to cool down after an intense boxing session too! Try doing some of the moves from the warm up in reverse, moving from intense moves back down to the least challenging moves. It is important to raise and lower your heart rate steadily at the beginning and end of a workout and build cardiovascular strength and endurance.

Boxing Technique: Uppercut

It’s easy to make some rookie mistakes with an uppercut. You may crouch too low or drop the arm too much and cause you to explode with power, which is unfortunately not how you should do it. That’s definitely not how the pro’s do it and nor should you.

It’s used mainly in close range, though it can be used at medium range but it loses a lot of it’s power. There are many pros and cons to the uppercut – it’s out of eyesight of the opponent, it’s powerful, and it’s great in combination with other punches. However, if you miss you are completely open and even if you don’t miss, this still leaves you open for a counter punch.

It’s always important, when throwing an uppercut, that you keep your guard up, bend your knees and rotate your body, protect yourself, don’t over extend your uppercut too far, and don’t always aim for the head – go for the body too.

  1. Make sure you stance is correct. There is no need to bend your knees or do anything in preparation for an uppercut. Everything can be done from a typical stance.
  2. Tilt your body in the direction you plan to throw the uppercut.
  3. Before you throw, shift your weight to the foot that you plan to throw with your arm. If you want to throw with your left arm, shift your weight to your left foot.
  4. Throw the punch – you should make a small, compact loop. Do not over extend, it should be quick.

Boxing Gloves

Like other safely equipment used in modern sports, boxing gloves are an important part of boxing. Boxing gloves are not only designed to protect the hands of the wearer, they are also used to protect an opponent from injury. The size, style and weight of the gloves used is dependent on the situation and the individual. Let’s look at some of the details.

The first thing one should consider when choosing a pair of boxing gloves is body weight and how the gloves will be primarily used. As a rule, the heavier you are the heavier your gloves should be. For example, if you are weigh 160 pounds, 16 to 18 oz gloves should be worn. It is important that the weight of the gloves match that of the wearer as this aids in the development of the individual boxer.

Boxing gloves come in many variants, each designed for a specific purpose and situation. These include training gloves, speed gloves, bag gloves, competition gloves and many other sub categories. Many competitive boxers often times train in boxing gloves that are heaver than the gloves they will wear during an actual fight. This enables them to move faster and have a greater range of movement during a fight. Competive gloves are standardized to ensure that boxers do not have an unfair advantage.

The amount of padding that a pair of boxing glove has should also be considered. Heavier gloves have more padding than lighter ones. More padded gloves do less superficial damage than less padded ones. It is therefore recommended that a boxer uses gloves with more padding in training or sparring to minimize damage to an opponent. Lighter, smaller gloves are great for speed but offer less protection to the wearer. The distribution of the weight throughout the glove is also important. For example, assuming that the overall glove weight is the same, more padding around the fist is preferred over more padding around the wrist. If possible, try putting on a number of different boxing gloves to see which one fits best and is most comfortable. Hand wraps should also be used as this helps to stabilize the hands while wearing boxing gloves.

Safety is a big concern in boxing and glove manufacturers have been working hard to improve the safety of boxing equipment. Modern manufacturing techniques that include innovations such as breathable mesh, ergonomic designs and advanced cushioning are used in boxing gloves to reduce the impact on boxers. These advancements have helped to decrease the number of eye injuries and broken bones suffered. Increasing the safety of all.