Without a doubt, boxing is one of the most challenging sports. It requires speed, agility, finesse, power, endurance, and maximum mental toughness.

Boxing pushes you like no other, facing an opponent with the same desire to win as you.

You will learn more about your strengths and weaknesses, and you will increase your control.

It can be an elegant and precise sport, but at the same time it can be raw and brutal.

Boxing reveals the true fighter in the depths of each one of us.

How many of us can say that after watching a Rocky movie we have not been inspired by the training montages and music of Eye of the tiger?

For most, it’s an inspiration that wears off a couple of hours after the end of the movie, but for some it stays with you.

Today, many gyms and personal fitness trainers, as well as a multitude of boxing exercise DVDs, offer ways to train like a fighter. Boxercise, fight fit, etc.

But what if you want to take it further? What if you really want to get in the ring and compete?

White Collar Boxing originates from Gleason’s gym in New York. in 1988. Coaches groomed two rookie boxers, Dr. Richard Novak and Dr. David Lawrence, for a three-round bout of two minutes each. The success of the first show and the demand for White Collar Boxers kicked off a monthly series that has continued ever since.

The popularity of these events has spread globally and white collar boxing has become the fastest growing corporate contact sport in the world.

Established in 2009 in “Derby Ultra White Collar Boxing” it is now the UK’s largest event organizer. They have staged fights in over 50 towns and cities across the UK, raising money for Cancer Research UK. To date, they have raised over £ 600,000.

Ultra White Collar Boxing offers members of the public, even those with no prior boxing ability, the opportunity to enter the ring in front of hundreds and experience the thrill of fighting an even opponent.

All participating boxers help raise money for Cancer Research UK and must raise a minimum of £ 50, but most raise much more.

Both male and female boxers can compete.

The fights are of three rounds of two minutes with intervals of one minute.

Boxers receive eight weeks of free training from former boxers and professional trainers in their area. They receive intense conditioning training and are taught all the skills necessary to compete in the event.

Safety is extremely important to UWCB

Here is a summary of their guidelines:

The boxers train in the same gym so that the trainers can evaluate the abilities of each boxer. The coach can use this evaluation to create a fair match for the fight.

16 oz gloves to wear

A full harness must be worn

Groin protection mandatory for men, optional for women

Referee score

Three counts of eight in a round will result in the referee stopping the competition.

The referee may stop the bout at any time if, in his independent opinion, the safety of either boxer is compromised.

In addition to the guidelines above, paramedics and a doctor will be present at all events to ensure the highest level of security possible.

The history of boxers

A friend of mine, Phil Ingleby from Sutton in Ashfield is one of the fighters who accepted the UWCB challenge.

He began his eight-week training and wrestled at Mansfield on August 30, 2014.

When I asked Phil about the eight-week training and his experience in the ring, he responded with these words.

“I was impressed buddy, yeah. They offered two free training sessions a week with a former Muay Thai (Thai boxing) welterweight world champion, (Lee Chesters), who is one of the best trainers I have ever worked with. .. But, due to my previous experience in the sport, I decided to do 2 extra training sessions as a complement: 1 extra sparring session with guys from my old club and an extra fitness session with my friend who is a personal trainer. hour and a half week of circuit training and abdominal work “

“The fight I had in August was my first in almost eight years. I had fought in the ABA before, but withdrew with a back injury. I left the sport, with a strong but courageous loss. I always felt like I quit boxing. back with a bit of injustice … My last fight was unfinished business, and I beat a very worthy opponent with more experience by a wide margin … Demon buried !!! “

Phil “The Ice Man” Ingleby fought “Iron” Ryan Fitzpatrick at the John Fretwell Sports Center in Mansfield on August 30, 2014.

He won on points and dedicated his fight to his uncle Syd Ingleby. Syd was sadly captivated by cancer earlier in the year.

He said it felt great to be back in the fighting game.

Phil raised a total of £ 882 for Cancer Research UK, an impressive achievement.

If you want to learn a new sport, get fit, get a real sense of accomplishment, and achieve your personal goals, why not try ultra white collar boxing?

Visit his site http://www.ultrawhitecollarboxing.co.uk

Written by Tim Buffathome Thompson Fitness Blogger

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