People decide to get into boxing for a variety of reasons. Some want to stay fit, others for self-defense, and others for the aspiration to compete. All these are great reasons, but we shall be focusing on those who plan to compete in the amateur boxing. We shall be looking at the three categories mainly:
But first of all, let’s look at the underlying factors needed to be considered when one decides to take part in amateur boxing.
Choosing a good gym; the first primary factor when one is aspiring to compete in amateur boxing is where to do the training. You have to understand the fact that not every gym which offers boxing training will be right for you.
There are general attributes to for in a gym that will enable you to know the perfect gym for you to train in.
Looking for a Great Coach; In most of the gyms, trainers and coaches who work as private contractors are hard to find. Some of the trainers can be friends; others can be rivals, while others can be enemies.
Therefore once you see the proper gym to train in, then it is best to talk to the guy in charge on what exactly you are looking for. He will probably ask you some few questions about your experience, age, and goals.
Then he would recommend you to a particular coach that will suit you, that will reduce the work to start looking for one. Once you meet with the recommended coach, you would probably go through the same previous questions again.
Afterward, due to the experience you have, he will probably put you through some workouts. While doing this, he will be watching at how you work out, punch bags, and perhaps watch your shadow box.
It will enable him to know the level to begin training with you. You will also need to be watching him too, as you are getting acquainted with him.
Looking at how he interacts and train others in the gym, this will enable you to understand the kind of person you are dealing with.
Amateur Boxing Rules
After looking at the underlying factors needed for every beginner, let's now focus our attention on the educational part. For anyone participating in any kind sport, knowing the rules of the game is the most vital part in all the process.
As with every other sport, amateur boxing has rules by which the game is run. These rules include:
Amateur Boxing Association
Amateur boxing associations began in the early 1880s after the affiliation of twelve clubs. After that, the first championship was then held in the following year. In the year 1902, American fighters were also contesting for titles in A.B.A championships.
After that 1924 Amateur Boxing Association took an international complexion, it had an affiliation of 105 clubs.
By the year 1946, the (AIBA) Amateur International Boxing Association was then formed. It included twenty-four nations from five different continents; this was done in London.
Ever since then, the AIBA has been the official global federation of amateur boxing. In 1974 is when the first World Amateur Boxing Championship was staged.
Amateur International Boxing Association brought up several changes in the boxing games. These changes include; a new scoring system which was introduced in January 2011.
In this system, each judge gave an individual score for every fighter. Ratings assigned to every boxer would then be taken from three out of five judges. It may be by either same score or rather trimmed mean.
The scores given are not tracked in real time but are instead handled over at the end of every round. The headgear had been in the amateur game rules since 1982, but in March 2016 it was removed by the AIBA.
The decision was made after the observation was made, that concussion rates occurring in fights with headgears is higher. It was compared to those fights without headgears.
Amateur Boxing Tournaments
The amateur boxing game is usually considered to be any fight taking place in a local gym. But several other tournaments take place to determine amateur champions.
For instance, The Golden Gloves tournaments, which is usually fought in both regional level as well as the national level.
Regardless the fact the Golden Gloves refers to the National Golden Gloves, still yet it can also apply to intercity Golden Gloves, New York Golden Gloves, Chicago Golden Gloves and other Golden Gloves tournaments in the regional level.
Once every year the champions of the regional tournaments then fight for the National annual competition.
The United States usually determines the national representative in the Olympic Games, by preparing a national tournament.
It may be by direct qualifying or through regional qualifying tournaments, either way, the winner is selected to represent the national boxing team at the Olympic Games.
Amateur Boxing and Training
Most of the boxing gyms are usually not so welcoming, but for the ones determined to kick off won’t get intimidated by this factor.
First of all, most of the excellent training gyms (meaning the ones with experience and expertise) are usually out of the city. In addition to this, you will find them sometimes very crowded, extremely hot and loud.
The people training and sweating in the little damp boxes are sometimes the ones you don’t want to come by.
Sam Sheridan once said in one of his podcast interviews a while back, that the guys who know what they are doing and where they are going, have no need for bullying or posturing anyone.
But these statement doesn’t apply to all of them, I’m sure there must be some exceptions to this rule but are very few and rare to come by. So whether you are transferring from one sport to amateur boxing, or you are a complete beginner, there are some things to take note.
The most crucial part in amateur boxing training is the sparring part. Beginners or other newcomers might get surprised by the frequency of sparing sessions at the gym.
Not only the frequency but also the intensity of these sessions is on the rooftop, compared to other gym sessions. In the beginning, the newcomers usually work with someone with a lot more experience than you.
He is generally calm, and he will let you throw punches, and work you out on your defense. He will be honest with you, by tagging you light shots and jabs just too constant remind you that the other guy can throw punches also.
As you keep advancing, this session begins to become hot and more intense. The mismatches of sparring partners will mostly be amended with a handicap; this is whereby the more experienced fighter will throw fewer punches.
Another thing is that the fewer experiences fighter will be the one to dictate the pace of the session. As you proceed, more matchups with guys with the same weight and experience level will start sparring with you.
At this time the sparring session will be more intensive and will resemble a full contact match. The only few differences are with the types of gloves used in the sparring session.
As well as the fact that, the sparring session will be smoothly handled compared to the real match. For instance, if a guy gets a barrage of punches or hard shots, the etiquette always demands to avoid going for the kill, this won’t happen in a real match.
Things to take into consideration during sparring sessions:
With these things under consideration, amateur boxing can kick-start smoothly. Remember that hard work and discipline, is of much importance in this game. So make sure you maintain them at all costs.