Archive for Amateur Boxing

Rival Heavy Bags at IronGloves Boxing Gym

IronGloves is the only boxing club in Arizona to have a gym full of Rival bags. Rival is top of the line in bags. Their incredible soft-style leather makes the punches feel more realistic.

Rival Heavy Bag

Rival Pro Heavy Bag

We have:
one 250 lb heavy bag
two 200 lb heavy bag
one 150 lb banana bag

Chris Lopez boxing this weekend

Chris won the Golden Gloves earlier this year. He will be competing this weekend in Phoenix along with two of our other fighters Shareef Steven & Christopher Romero.
Arizona vs New Mexico fight.



Arizona Amateur Boxing

Fights Saturday April 8th, 2017
Location: Greenfield Elementary School
Start Time: 2:00
$10 fee to get in

70th Annual Arizona Golden Gloves State Championships

Location: Sonny’s Boxing Gym
108 E Western Ave, Goodyear, Arizona 85338
(623) 806-2421

Friday Feb 17th at 7:00pm — 3 day tournament

Arizona Amateur Boxing Fights Dec 10th

We have 4 guys fighting this Sat 10th.Arizona Amateur Boxing

Location: GreenField Elementary School,
7009 S 10th St, Phoenix, AZ 85042
10th Street & Baseline Road click for map
$10 admission – Fights start at 2:00

Gene Lewis Tournament 2016

Gene Lewis Boxing Club presents the 41st Annual Gene Lewis Invitational Boxing Tournament.

November 10th, 11th, and 12th 2016

Broadway Recreation Center
59 East Broadway
Mesa, Arizona 85210
(480) 834-1216

Gene Lewis Tournament

Boxing Sports Doctor’s Physical

We know of two locations that offer the physical for $20. There are many places that do offer the sports physical, but if over 18 years old, the cost can be up to $75, so be sure to call first and state you only want it for sports, and not a full body physical.

  1. Concentra Urgent Care
    950 W Southern Ave
    Tempe, Arizona 85282
  2. FastMed Urgent Care
    3705 S Arizona Ave, Suite 1
    Chandler, Arizona 85248

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 License Registration



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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Fighter registration – $75
Clubs – $205
Coaches – $125

First thing you need to do is get your Arizona Amateur Boxing License. This can only be done online. Form of payment Visa or Mastercard, no American Express or checks.

Once you have completed all the required steps and mail it in,  it takes approximately 2 weeks to receive your official boxing license passport book in the mail.

New Member login click here
Registered Member login click here
USA Boxing home page click here

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.


  • Complete online registration. Print out black and white copy.
  • Once you have completed and paid for online registration, print out ID card in color. The photo for your online ID can be one you have taken. Make sure to take photo against a plain white background. To upload your photo, you must log out and log back in, once you do this you will see where and how to add your photo.
  • Get 2 passport photos taken from Walgreens, Office Max, or wherever, they cannot be photos you’ve taken, they must be authentic passport photos.
  • Copy of your birth certificate (no other ID acceptable).
  • Need to get doctor’s sport physical. Go to USA Boxing home page and click on top tab that says FORMS.
  • If you are not careful you will end up paying too much for your physical, so please go to the suggested places:
    1. Concentra Urgent Care
    950 W Southern Ave
    Tempe, Arizona 85282
    480-968-7200  MAP
    2. FastMed Urgent Care
    3705 S Arizona Ave, Suite 1
    Chandler, Arizona 85248
    580-214-7828  MAP
  • In the envelope for mailing you should have ALL the following:
    1. Copy of your registration form.
    2. Your cut out color ID photo.
    3. Two passport photos.
    4. Copy of birth certificate (DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL).
    5. Your doctor’s physical 3rd page bottom half where the doctor has signed it off.
    6. Use 2 stamps.
    7. Mail to: Jacob Magallanez, 407 Prescott Heights Dr., Prescott, AZ 86301
    Jacob’s Phone #: 928-848-3417

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


Here is your checklist of everything you’ll need on fight day:

1. 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.
9. You cannot wear glasses or contact lense.

Gloves are provided. You CANNOT use your own gloves.
Glove size:
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. There in now a store in Mesa called Sports Exchange, they sell regulation gear, their website and map.

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. Weight class determination 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 and deal with 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

Fight Team at IronGloves Boxing Gym
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 conditioning. 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.

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

  • This includes 3 times week team training, plus you can come in on other days to use the gym as much as you wish.
  • 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. Ring conduct and respect to all others is #1.
  • I want to assure you can defend yourself properly in the ring, avoiding any possible injury, therefore the training regimen is seriously physically grueling.
  • You will pretty much have to spar within the first two weeks of joining the team. Under 18 years old, your parent consent is required.
  • I expect a lot from you, if you show up with a good attitude and try your hardest, this is all I ask. I always say, “I would rather train a fighter with a determined heart and drive as opposed to a natural skilled guy whom is lazy.”

For more details, stop in to talk anytime. Feel free to come and watch the sparring on Tue/Thu 6pm and Sat 10:30am.