Archive for Old School Boxing Nostalgia

Ex-pro boxer Exum Speight

Ex-pro boxer Exum Speight, perhaps best known for losing a 1996 bout with current heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, recently worked as a security guard at a Venice Beach marijuana clinic until his arrest for the 1987 murder of his boxing manager.

Boxing manager Douglas Stumler was beaten and killed inside his West L.A. apartment nearly three decades ago. Speight was initially interviewed after the slaying, but the connections were circumstantial, Jackson told The Times. It wasn’t until 2012, he said, that LAPD cold case detectives got a hit: DNA collected from Stumler’s body matched Speight. (Exum on the left, Douglas on the right in striped shirt).
Exum

Read the whole story at L.A. Times

Who are the only 5 guys to beat Muhammad Ali?

Joe Frazier, Kenny Norton, Larry Holmes, Trevor Berbick, Leon Spinks. Ali’s last fight was with Berbik, he lost to Berbick.

And then Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion by beating Berbick.

Old Boxing Coach Drills

 

FROM THE PAST OLD-TIME COACHES TRAINING DRILLS
Effectively Simple

HEAVY BAG ~vs~ HEART RATE
One day a week the coach would meet with us to test and see if we were doing our roadwork. He would have us hit the heavy bag for 1 minute, then rest for 20-30 seconds, then check our heart rate. If your heart rate was high between 80-90% of the maximum heart rate zone and if it wasn’t coming back down rapidly, this would tell him that we weren’t keeping up with our roadwork.

SHADOW BOXING TRAINING
The coach would use a newspaper to test the snap of your jab. He would hold up one sheet of newspaper, with gloves on, the boxer would hit the sheet of paper in the middle. If it made a loud cracking/popping sound, this means you were snapping your jab correctly. This drill helps develop speed.

REACTION AND FOOTWORK DRILL
The coach would have you use only the jab, the objective was to see who could get behind the other fighter first. Both guys are to keep trying to get behind one and another while jabbing each other.

THE SAND BOX
We had two sand boxes, one full of sand, the other was empty. The coach would time us to see how long it took for each to shovel and fill up the empty box with sand. Now we use the sledge hammer drill on the big tractor tire. Benefits endurance and tendon strength.

CHASE and TAG DRILL
Place 4 cones (or boards) in a 24 x 24 foot square parameter. Three guys would be inside the square, one of the three guys would have on a weighted vest. The guy with the vest would have to chase the other two and try to tag them, all while staying inside the cones. It might sound easy, but believe me, it’s not. Because of the constant stopping and starting, it will really help with your fast change of footwork direction, it will also improve your explosion.

FARMERS WALK
With two plastic gallon milk jugs filled with sand, the coach would have us carry a jug in each hand while walking up and down the hill for 1-2 minutes, we would do this for 3 rounds. This will improve shoulder and hand strength, and seriously develop the legs.

JAB DRILL
Place a tennis or racquet ball beneath your chin. You then would jab the heavy bag without allowing the ball to fall. This teaches you to keep your chin down/tucked.

THE ‘OLD SCHOOL’ WAY OF TRAINING WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM. WE DIDN’T HAVE ALL THE NEW OPTIONS OF TODAY, WE HAD TO INVENT HARDCORE WAYS OF TRAINING. OF COURSE SPORT SCIENCE HAS DEVELOPED TRULY REMARKABLE ATHLETES, BUT, LET US NOT FORGET, TO ONCE IN A WHILE THROW IN SOME OF THE BREAD AND BUTTER WAY OF TRAINING.

Ali and Frasier and Foreman

MUHAMMAD ALI – JOE FRAZIER – GEORGE FOREMAN

Do you know how many facts these three legends have in common?

All three were born in January-
Ali 1/17/42, Frazier 1/12/44, Foreman 1/10/49.

All were Olympic gold medalists.

All were heavyweight champions of the world.

And they all fought each other. Ali won his first heavyweight title in 1964, the same year that Frazier won the gold metal in the Olympics.

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