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Arizona Amateur Fights Oct 1, 2016

Arizona Amateur Fights

Location: GreenField Elementary School, Phoenix, Arizona
10th Street & Baseline Road click for map
$10 admission – Fights start at 2:00

USA Amateur Boxing



Written by: Joe Leinhauser/Owner IronGloves Boxing Gym
USA BOXING Registered Club #023


‘Rules & Regulations’ as per USA Boxing Rule Book

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First thing you need to do is get your Arizona Amateur Boxing License. After mailing in the licensing application, it takes approximately 2 weeks to receive your official boxing license. Licensing is done through a boxing gym/club that is licensed by the USA Boxing Commission.

If your boxing club is licensed, they should have applications on hand for you to fill out and send in.
The cost for your booklet, your license to fight/compete is $68.00
Money Order only, no personal checks or cashier’s checks.
Payable to: USA Boxing Arizona (MONEY ORDER ONLY)
Mail it to: Walt Hoskins @ 3243 N. 77th Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85033
Note: It can take up to 10-14 days to get your book back from Walt.

If your club does not have applications, please contact Walt Hoskins. If you do not have a licensed club to represent you, or if you do not have a USA Boxing licensed coach, then on the application you must claim ‘Unattached’. If you do select to fight as Unattached, you will not be able to call out your name during the match-ups. You are only allowed to respond if no other club responds. In other words, you do not have priority to get matched up with another fighter. You must wait until a boxing club coach cannot match their fighter, then you will be allowed to call out for yourself.

Walt Hoskins/Registration Chairperson
Phone: (602) 809-9539 Fax: (623) 873-4681


Mike Sanchez/President
Phone: (480) 962-8114

LICENSING FEES: (if registering via mail, money order only)
Fighter registration – $68
Clubs – $200
Coaches – $125

In filling out the Application
Every fighter must fill out and send in an application before you are allowed to fight.
On the application you must include the following:

  • Height and Weight.
  • Birth Certificate (copy only, do not send original).
  • 2 passport photos. You can have your passport photo taken at Kinko’s, Office Max, Walgreens. etc.
  • Name of the boxing club you train at. You must include your club’s licensed number.
  • If you do not have a club, then state that you are ‘Unattached’.

Here is your checklist of everything you’ll need to Fight:
1. Valid USA Arizona Boxing License (your Passbook).
2. Driver’s License or a valid picture ID.
3. USA regulation Headgear.
4. USA approved regulation groin protector.
5. Mouth Guard (proper fit).
6. Gauze and Medical Tape. No handwraps are used to compete in USA Amateur Boxing, only gauze and tape are allowed.
7. Sleeveless tank top type of shirt. Shirt must be tucked into trunks/shorts. Shirt color must contrast with trunks.
The shirt and trunks must 2 different/opposite colors, the referee and judges need to see the waistline.
8. Shoes can only be boxing or wrestling shoes. Sneakers are not allowed.

Gloves are provided. You CANNOT use your own gloves.
Glove size: (you cannot use your own gloves for competition, gloves are supplied)
If you weigh 106-152 lbs., gloves used are 10 oz.
If you weigh 164 lbs. & up, gloves used are 12 oz.

You must have your own headgear and groin protector. Headgear must be USA Boxing Competition certified. When purchasing online, be sure that it states competition headgear, it will have the USA Boxing label/tag on the headgear.

Basic Amateur Boxing Knowledge
1. Points win matches, based on the punches landed.
2. Referee controls the match. If told to stop, stop immediately. Continue to box only after the referee says to continue.
3. Never touch gloves with an opponent. Even at the start of the match, do not touch gloves. Never ever say “Sorry”.
4. Ring sizes start at 16 ft. up to 22 ft.
5. Amateur Boxing has a standing 8 count.
6. The match is always 3 Rounds for 2 minutes with 1 minute rest in between.

1. Weigh-ins must be conducted each day of competition for all sanctioned amateur boxing event.
2. All boxers must weigh-in on the day they box.
3. No boxer may compete in a weight class unless the boxer weighs more than the maximum limit for the class below and no more than the maximum limit for the class in which the boxer desires to compete.

For example: To compete in the 141 lb. class, a boxer must weigh more than 132 lbs., but not more than 141 lbs.

Classification of Boxers
The following shall establish experience classifications.
1. Sub-Novice Class: A boxer who has not competed in a sanctioned USA Boxing match.
2. Novice Class: A boxer who has competed in 10 or less sanctioned USA Boxing matches. Said boxer’s 10th bout shall be in the novice class.
3. Open Class: A boxer who has competed on more than 10 sanctioned USA Boxing matches. Said boxer’s 11th bout shall be in the open class.

Note: Common sense and good judgment must be used when matching boxers, for the safety of your fighter(s).

Boxing is a sport that requires dedication, hard work, and hours of training. 80% of boxing is conditioning, the other 20% is skills and heart. There are two types of boxers, one that just trains day after day, the other that trains to fight.
One of Mike Tyson’s famous trainers was Gus Damato, he once said, “Boxing teaches you to overcome fear”. Gus said that boxing probably will not take fear away completely, but, it will teach you to live and function well within fear.

There is a mental toughness that comes from training and competing. If you have made the decision to compete, you then must face the tough road that lies ahead.

Ask yourself are you ready to do ALL of the following?

  • Every morning running and sprinting roadwork.
  • Weekly interval training.
  • Monotonous hours of bag punching, footwork, defense, and mitt drills.
  • Strength training, weightlifting training, plyometrics, body exercises, core training, and abdominal training.
  • How will you be when it comes to sparring and dealing with pain. Will you be able to take hits. How about the bloody noses, cut lips, black eyes, sore shoulders, and of course major headaches.

Boxing is the toughest sport out there, there are no teammates, no time-outs to rely on. I can personally tell you, there is seriously no better reward, than the feeling of being in the ring on your own, and having only yourself to count on.

Fight Team

Several times a week we get calls from people wanting to become a fighter, wanting to pursue their dream. Here is quick outline of what you need to do to get on the team, and on the road to competing.

You first are expected to join Open Gym for $30 and get your body in the gym to start working on your stamina. Your first step of dedication begins with you showing up on your own and doing your own workout, we have workout guidelines posted in the gym for you to follow, to help assist you. Boxing is 80% conditioning, so you really need to get your stamina up to speed. The first couple weeks tells me a lot about your work ethics and demeanor, and if you would be a good fit for the team.

If for some reason you are behind quite a bit in your skill level, it is strongly suggested you do 1 month of personal training with a coach for $140. This will get you where I need for you to be, as I do not have the time to teach the very beginning boxing basics to you.

I always say, “I would rather train a fighter with a deterrmined heart and drive as opposed to a natural skilled guy whom is lazy.”

Team fees are $50 per month (cash or credit/debit card accepted)

  • You must have your own boxing gloves and handwraps.
  • You must have your own headgear and groin protector at the end of 30 days.
  • First rule, just like football, you miss a couple of practices, you are kicked off the team.
  • Practice is three times per week with me for hands-on training.
    Times are: Tuesday 6:00pm, Thursday 6:00pm, and Saturday 11:00am. You are also expected to come in 1-2 more extra days on your own. On your off days, you are welcome to come to the gym as much as you wish!
  • It is required you keep up with your roadwork outside of the gym. You must be able to run 1 mile under 7 minutes.
  • Even though you might not yet be ready to fight, you must come to the smokers/competitions to support your teammates.

You will be driven hard

  • To fight under IronGloves name you must represent us well.
  • I want to assure you can defend yourself properly in the ring, avoiding any possible injury.
  • You will pretty much have to spar within the first two weeks of you joining the team. Under 18 years old, your parent consent is required.

For more details, stop in to talk anytime. Feel free to come and watch the sparring.

USA Amateur Boxing Arizona Fights <–click to view calendar for upcoming fights.


Wrapping Hands

Here’s a quick way to wrap your hands. We use this style for our group classes, using 180 inch handwrap. There are many ways to wrap hands. The three things you need to remember is to protect your knuckles, wrists, and thumbs. Simply experiment, come up with a style that is comfortable for you. It takes practice and you can have it down in one day!

Four Levels of Boxing

Boxing 4 Levels at IronGloves

IronGloves Boxing/Joe Leinhauser ‘4 Levels of Boxing’ copyrighted © 1995

LEVELS   1  ●  2  ●  3  ●  4

To our IronGloves Members: The four levels were formulated as road map guidance for your learning knowledge. To assure you are progressing each week and are on the precise road of learning the ‘Art of Boxing’.

Making headway and advancing at every lesson is also reliant on your dedication. It is essential to practice all that you learn, commit yourself by working on coordination, timing, balance, punching speed, and cardiovascular conditioning. There are over 150+ different boxing drills that are spread out over Levels 1, 2, and 3. Practice, practice is key! SHADOW BOXING is crucial!

Your coach will answer any questions about the levels, and where you stand at any point of your training. He can give you an approximate of when to expect advancing onto the next level.

For the person that is only interested in doing our program for fitness, you will still be taught the levels. This is what will 100% get you in shape. You came to a boxing gym, so allow and trust boxing (us) to get you in the best shape ever!


Introduction to Boxing:
  • Throwing straight punches (jab, low jab, double jab, one-two, right hand)
  • Proper fighting stance
  • Beginning stage of footwork
  • Shadow boxing

Level 1 is where your timing verses your coordination is developed using varied types of boxing drills. Balance and awkwardness is corrected/perfected before advancing to Level 2. Your conditioning must be in tip top shape before moving onward. This is why it is important to keep up with your cardio, as in jump rope, sprints, jogging, stadium strairs, whatever your exercise choice may be. Shadow boxing plays a big role in cardio improvement, keep this up daily, occasionally shadow box with 2 lb. to 3 lb. dumbbells in each hand.


Level 2 begins the one-two series of which the hook and uppercut is taught from. Heavy bag work application(s).

  • Uppercut, left hook, etc.
  • Body shots
  • Combinations
  • Defense skills
  • Bob & weave
  • Slips
  • Footwork performed in the ring w/pivoting and side shuffle
  • Medicine ball & advanced plyometrics

It is at Level 2 you are expected to perform 1 to 2 minutes for 2 to 3 rounds on the heavy bag. Your abdominal work should be at an advanced stage.

  • Power & speed begins
  • Counter punching
  • Advanced defensive skills
  • Speed bag
  • Double end bag
  • Advanced focus mitts
  • Timing drills
  • Extreme conditioning drills
  • Jump rope routines
LEVEL 4 (Sparring)

Level 4 is for sparring preparation. You are not required to spar, sparring is only for those that wish to go that one step further, taking it to the “real feel of it all”.

  • Sparring preparation
  • Your skills are appraised by the coach

When it comes time to spar, you are then matched up with an opponent with similar skill levels, along with height and weight.