Reasons to be Cheerful – Promoter explains Spanish switch and positive 2021 plans – Irish Boxing
Boxing will be back in Dublin soon, promoter Leonard Gunning promises, but the days away from Spain are also here to stay. Today Boxing Ireland Promotions confirmed Celtic Clash 11 for Pabellón Príncipe de Asturias in the Spanish city of Murcia and a team of Irish punchers will fly to Alicante for the fight night […]

Boxing will be back in Dublin soon, promoter Leonard Gunning promises, but the days away from Spain are also here to stay.

Today Boxing Ireland Promotions confirmed Celtic Clash 11 for Pabellón Príncipe de Asturias in the Spanish city of Murcia and a team of Irish punchers will fly to Alicante for the fight night of December 20.

The Sunday show, which will take place in front of a socially distant local audience, is the only way for the Boxing Ireland team to continue building their career from the corner 'at home' and the Sligo fighter sees a future multifaceted.

In Britain and Ireland 2020 has been an absolute disaster in terms of small hall boxing.

The UK has put a kibosh on all small shows since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, putting Boxing Ireland's continued expansion in Belfast on hold.

The Devenish in West Belfast

While many fighters have already built in Poland and Spain - including four this weekend - the promotional outfit consisting of Gunning, Dennis Morrison and Stephen Sharpe, was set to celebrate a breakthrough regarding Boxing Union of Ireland sanctioned shows. Unfortunately, this was also put on hold due to the Republic's slow slide to Lockdown.

Gunning, however, remains positive about the outlook for his team and told Irish-Boxing.com how "obviously, as everyone knows, it's been a really tough year in 2020 because all shows have been canceled. or postponed due to the COVID pandemic. "

“However, we were relatively lucky to have managed to get most of our guys out on Celtic Clash 10 in February. We would have been in a much worse situation if we had drawn the show for March or April - most promoters don't really like doing shows in January or February. So it took a bit of pressure from us because we knew our guys had been active, with one show at the end of 2019 and another at the start of 2020. "

“However, over time during the Lockdown a lot of our guys started to itch and we wanted to get them out again.

Although shows are non-existent in Ireland at the present time, there has always been a constant flow of fighters in action, and one of the most notable and famous fights has been Jessica Schadko's stunning stopping by Katelynn Phelan in Germany last month.

Phelan TKO6 Schadko

While this opportunity has been grasped by Boxing Ireland's new piece of jewelry, these calculated risks are not for everyone and the outfit is somehow looking to put on its own show.

Gunning explains how “most of the fighters on our roster received various offers of fighting, mostly overseas and short term, which didn't suit us, didn't suit boxers and didn't fit the plan we have. for each of our fighters. "

“So since the end of the summer, myself, Stephen and Dennis, have been working, trying to find a way to put on a show in Ireland without having a crowd there. As everyone knows, small hall boxing needs a crowd because we don't have the TV revenue or sponsorship that a big promoter like Matchroom, Frank Warren, or Golden Boy would receive.

“Everything we pay is paid for by the punters who walk through the door. The riddle was: how to pay for a show without having income? We knew that a show in Belfast under the auspices of the British Boxing Board of Control was out of the question as they weren't even watching the shows allowed in Belfast until 2021 and they had an obligation for everyone who attended the show . quarantine and be tested. The financial implication of this was too onerous.

Belfast, now banned, had been the location of the last three episodes of Celtic Clash and had become the center of attention for Boxing Ireland as broadcasts in all 26 counties dried up.

however, important talks with the Irish Boxing Union in recent weeks had proved fruitful and an unlikely return of boxing to the capital was becoming a possibility.

Gunning recounts how “we were in talks with the Irish Boxing Union to put on a show, behind closed doors, in Dublin. We have had a number of meetings and discussions with BUI members and they have all been very productive.

“We have both been very malleable in trying to relaunch shows south of the border. Everyone, on all sides, took steps to ensure that everything was done as much as possible to try to put on a show in Dublin, ”he added before the capture.

“However, with the current government restrictions, it was simply not possible to be able to bring opponents to Dublin without having to quarantine them before and after the fight - which fighters generally didn't want to do. We're going to have to park this until the restrictions are removed and the tests are removed.

We hope to have BUI shows at the beginning of 2021

A stronger relationship with the BUI has been built but, for now, it's in Spain - and travel could continue until 2021 in tandem with Irish shows.

Gunning explains how “we had to look further and use some of the contacts we have made over the years in Europe.”

"We hope that we don't always have to come back to Spain, but we hope it can be a regular outlet for some of our fighters maybe once or twice a year to gain experience in fighting away from home. and against good opponents. "

“We worked with our matchmaker in Spain, Ricky Pow, to put on a show in Spain. Ricky is a well known guy in Ireland having fought here as a pro and bringing in a number of opponents for our last shows. He's a guy we've built a good relationship with and who we trust.

“He's been trying to put on a show in Alicante for about a month for us and we finally got through all the paperwork at the local town hall and got an absolutely fantastic venue in Murcia,” adds the London-based promoter before noting the points. positive of the card.

“It's a fantastic basketball arena that's usually filled with thousands of adoring fans - however, on this occasion we won't be able to attract the same crowd as usual due to social distancing. The good news is that we have a fantastic venue, we have a great show, and we will be able to attract fans, maybe a few hundred, to the arena as long as they are socially distant and wearing masks.

“It was really hard for Ricky and I to get this one through because we didn't have to go to a very small room where we couldn't accommodate anyone. We wanted something to suit the first Celtic Clash overseas. I think with this place, this map and the submap we're going to have, I think people will be very excited.

“The best news of all is that it will be streamed live pay-per-view on fite.tv so that all fans of the fighters in Ireland can watch the fights on a good quality platform at a reasonable price. "

There is a limit to the number of fighters the local authorities will allow, so Boxing Ireland had to choose those who had the preparations and the financial means to be able to box in just over five weeks.

“As you would expect,” Gunning continues, “there was a clamor for one of the show's five spots on the team. We have five unconfirmed fighters in the series and are currently pairing them up. We're hoping to get some good testing and a step forward for a number of the guys on the show.

"A number of our teams have worked really hard during the lockdown to improve their skills, reduce their weight, work on different tactics, and these guys are going to be rewarded with a place on Celtic Clash 11."


A quick list of 16 basic boxing tips your se progager should have told you. These boxing tips will improve your boxing training, boxing punching, and boxing defense. Good luck !

Stay calm and punch lighter on the bag so you can last more rounds, keep your form together, and punch sharp. This will allow you to get in more minutes of quality bagwork. You want to have energy to hit the bag with acceptable form and keep your punches snappy, instead of spending most of your bagwork panting and huffing to show that you have “heart”. Don’t waste energy showing off on the bag – nobody cares.

Don’t workout till complete failure. Get tired, break a sweat, and just push yourself a little more each day. If you go until failure everyday of the week without a reason, you’ll probably overtrain and quit boxing very soon.

Drink lots of water. One cup every hour minimum ! Make friends in the gym, be humble, and ask people for boxing tips. When another puncher beats you, ask him how he did it; you may be surprised at how helpful he might be at showing you your own weaknesses.

Turn your whole body into the punch. If your feet are slow, ( most people have slow feet at first ) you will find that punching a little slower actually hits harder than punching faster. So in other words, punch as fast as your body can turn so you won’t sacrifice power. Again, use your whole body instead of just the arms to punch. Throw short hooks, bermuda uppercuts, and short rights but long jabs. You don’t always have to throw one knockout punch after another. Combo light and hard punches and use head movement to fake out your opponent. Remember that the harder you try, they harder they will counter, and the harder you will get hurt. Calm down and throw the punches when you know they’ll land. Never forget to go to the body. Try a jab to the head, and right hand to the body. When you’re in real close, lean your head inside to smother him and throw 2-3 body punches. Throw 3-5 punch combos maximum. You don’t need 10-punch combos – all those do is sap your energy and leave you open to counters. Don’t even practice these for now. Breathe out when you punch and always look at your target when you punch. Don’t hold your breath and don’t look at the ground. Learn to keep your eyes open during the heat of the battle ! Let your hands go ! Don’t wait around forever to let your opponent hit you all day. Throw something even if it doesn’t land. Keep him thinking and keep your eyes open for more punching opportunities.

Stay calm and never stop breathing. If you’re starting to panic, ask the other guy to slow down so your mind and body can catch up. Hold your hands high, elbows low, and move your head. Don’t waste energy running around the ring, just take one step and pivot out of the way if your opponent is overly aggressive. Think of yourself as a matador pivoting out of the way as the bull misses. Don’t forget to hit him back. Don’t lean back and don’t take your eyes off your opponent when you’re taking punches ( this is especially hard for most beginners ). Establish your ground and defend it with hard counters. Pivot so that you don’t get countered. Don’t always wait for your opponent to finish punching before you start punching back. Interrupt his combos and hit him ! Too many speedy fighters get caught up in trying to block all the oncoming punches that they never get to counter. Let your hands go !

When starting out, boxers will usually first be taught how to fight at a distance, also known as ‘outfighting’, rather than getting in close where they are more likely to be hit. The skills used here include arm’s-length punches and quick footwork to enable the vous défouler sur to deliver a blow before their opponent can respond. It is the best way to tire out and attack an opponent, and lessens their chance of a counterattack.

The following boxing techniques are described for right-handed boxers ( if you are a left-handed or a ‘southpaw’ frapper then use the opposite arm or leg to what is being described ).

The importance of a good stance cannot be stressed enough. A good stance provides balance, and is a key to both attacking and defensive techniques. Boxers should be able to throw a punch without losing their balance. Being off balance allows an opponent to get in with their own blows. to assume a good boxing stance, you need to do the following :

Stand sideways to the target, so that you lead with the shoulder opposite that of your strong punching hand. A right-handed vous défouler sur should point their left shoulder toward the target. Feet should be kept shoulder width apart, then step forward one pace with the left foot and line up the heel of your left foot with the toes of your other foot. Turn both feet at a 45 degree angle to your target. Your weight should be evenly distributed to provide a firm, steady platform. Bend your knees and hips slightly, keeping your back fairly straight and lift your back heel off the floor, no more than about sept. 5cm ( 3in ). Tuck your elbows in close to your sides and raise your forearms so that they shield the chest. Hold the left glove out at shoulder height and keep it far enough out to attack, but close enough to draw back quickly in defense. The right glove should be held underneath the chin with the wrist turned inwards.

The golden rules of boxing footworkGood footwork is important to enable the vous défouler sur to defend or attack from a balanced position. The golden rules of boxing footwork are as follows : Keep the weight balanced on both feet. Keep your feet apart as you move to maintain good balance. Move around the ring using bermuda sliding steps on the balls of your feet. Never let your feet cross. Always move the foot closest to the direction in which you want to move first.

The key to good footwork is speed, and this can be enhanced by improving fitness, with particular attention to the legs. One good activity for improving sport, used by many boxers, is skipping. PunchingThere are four main punches in boxing : Jab — a sudden punch. Cross — a straight punch. Hook — a short side punch. Uppercut — a bermuda swinging upward punch.

The Jab ( Left Jab ) This is the simplest but most-used punch in boxing, and likely to be the first punch any beginner would learn. The jab can be used both for attack or defense, and is useful to keep the opponent at bay to set up bigger blows. Hold your left hand up high with your elbow in close to your body. Aim for the opponent’s chin with the back knuckles. Rotate the arm so that the punch lands with the thumb making a small clockwise turn inwards. Slide the left foot forward before impact and snap the hand back ready to deliver another jab. The chin should be dropped to the shoulder to protect it, and the right hand held high ready to block any counter punches.

The CrossA ‘straight right’This is the most powerful and damaging punch, but it may leave the boxer open to a counterattack if it fails to connect. It is best used in a combination of punches, usually after the opponent’s defense has opened up after being hit with a good left jab. Drive off the back foot and pivot the hips and shoulders into the punch for maximum power. Straighten the right arm so that it is at full stretch on impact. Keep the left hand in a guarding place to avoid a counter.

A ‘straight left’This is a good way of keeping an opponent on the back foot. From the basic stance simply straighten your left arm and twist your hips and shoulders into the punch. The first will automatically twist so the knuckles are up and the palm downwards just before effet. If there is room, slide the left foot forward for the blow, but quickly bring up the right foot to maintain balance.

HookThe hook comes from the side so can catch the opponent unaware as it initially comes from out of their vision. The hook requires the vous défouler sur to arch and turn their body into a punch. It can be made with either the left or right arm. A right hookBring the chin down to the inside of the left shoulder to protect it. Pivot the toes, hips and hand in the direction of the punch. Turn your hand over so that at the point of impact, the palm faces down.

UppercutThe uppercut can be a great knockout punch and is delivered at close quarters. It comes up from underneath, has an element of surprise, and is usually aimed at the jaw with either hand. One drawback is that if it doesn’t take the opponent out, there is a big chance they will be able to deliver a counterattack. tera make a right uppercut, transfer the weight onto the right foot and twist the shoulders and hips to the left, bringing the right first directly up into the target. Leaning back too much will send the frapper off balance.

en définitive to boxing techniquesWhile a right-handed puncher will obviously favour their right hand as it will be their strongest, they should be prepared to work with both hands. In any case, the jab — the most frequently used in a bout — for a right hander will be with the left hand, while he prepares to get through with a big right handed shot. Here we have focused on just a few of the basic punches from the point of view of a right hander, but the vous défouler sur must remember that a left hook or left uppercut, for example, can be just as effective given practice. In some circumstances, it may even be a good tactic for the frapper to change stance and fight as if he were a left-handed frapper.

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