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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.