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Amateur boxing is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports that people want to try. Not only does it give you the chance to get into fantastic shape, but it also offers you the opportunity to build connections with other people and compete in a very fun and recognizable sport.
This is how to get started in amateur boxing and why it’s so awesome!
Find A Gym and Coach
Many think that they have to get into a certain level of physical fitness before seeking out a coach, but that’s not the case. Regardless of what amount of fat is on your body, muscle can be built up under it. Don’t wait until you’ve shed a lot of weight to start training your body to give and receive punches.
Seek out a gym in your area that you can afford, has options for athletes of your ability level, and is geared specifically towards boxing. Although many personal trainers may think they can teach you how to throw a punch, having a coach will help you fully put your body to the test.
Take what your coach teaches you, and practice as often as possible. If you feel like your posture or stance is slipping, retrain on that move until you have it down perfectly. This takes time and dedication, but it’s worth it to compete in such an incredible sport.
Get Boxing License
An amateur boxing license is a necessity if you want to compete. Regardless of how many boxing combos you may know, you’re going to need to pass a physical. From here, you’ll fill out a USA boxing application and send it, photos, and a notarized copy of your birth certificate with the registration fee to your local boxing committee.
This may feel like a lot, but it ensures that you’re healthy enough to box and that you won’t be charged with assault for a fight that was fairly and legally set up.
Sign Up For Events
There are hundreds of events every year, so don’t worry if you have trouble getting your name on a list at first. Once your coach has decided you’re ready, your weight class will determine what class you’ll fight in
After that, you can box in local and national events and try to see how far you can go. It’s a good idea to continue practicing and pushing yourself, but be proud of yourself when you succeed! It takes time, but it’s worth it.
Make A Name For Yourself
You don’t have to showboat or create a persona for yourself the way many professional wrestlers do, but it’s a good idea to make a name for yourself by being recognizable. Do you have a specific move that sets you apart from your rivals? Is your name or look unique?
Consider what you can do to make yourself stand out so that others will be excited to see you compete. The more requests for you there are the more likely you’ll be asked to compete.