January 8, 2015
January 8, 2015
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LOOKING back over the years of boxing champions there is one thing that is obvious – they all frequently used the jab in a variety of forms. The jab is the first punch a boxer will learn and although it is the most basic of strikes, it is one of the most important punches in any fighters’ repertoire. A technically solid and speedy jab can be used in a number of different situations.

  1. Setting up and maintaining the distance
    It is a range-finder as most combinations start with a jab as a way of closing the distance and finding the proper range.
  2. Point-scorer
    It can be used to score points from either long or medium distance, and over time this continual point scoring will gradually wear down your opponent.
  3. Breaking up your opponent’s attack
    An integral part of a fighter’s defence. By using the jab it stops your opponent getting too confident and can keep them at a comfortable distance.
  4. Opening up an attack
    By altering the type of jab it can open up your opponent to other more attacking punches.

Common flaws

The most common faults that boxers make when throwing a jab are:

  • The boxer falls in towards their opponent and over-commits due to not having their feet in the correct place.
  • Bringing the jab hand back low from the punch; this opens up a potential counter-punch for your opponent.
  • The punch is ‘telegraphed’ – this gives the opponent an obvious clue as to when you will throw the punch.
  • The boxer allows the punch to become an upper-body movement and neglects to use the lower body to initiate the shot.
  • There is an urge to try and hit too hard. The desire to throw the punch hard often results in too much of the boxer’s weight transferring to the front leg (see the first common fault).

Jab to the head

  1. From the orthodox stance, the first action is to slide the left foot forwards towards your opponent – this moves you within punching range. Simultaneously push in off your back foot in order to maintain a balanced, solid base (but don’t let the foot come off the ground).
  1. Push through the floor with your lead foot, rotate through your left hip and complete a quarter turn at your lead shoulder. This will help to add power and stability to your shot.
  1. Throw the jab straight out from the shoulder as if you’re punching down a pipe.
  1. The jab should be aimed for the chin and at the end of the punch rotate your fist so that your palm is facing down as your hand strikes the target.
  1. As soon as your arm reaches full extension, quickly pull the hand back along the same path as the delivery, back to its starting position in order to guard your chin. Even if you are throwing multiple jabs, retract your hand between each one.
  1. The guarding hand is held high to pick off any counter-punches. Regardless of where you keep your jabbing hand, never bring your other hand down, even when you’re punching.
  1. Keep your chin tucked in behind your shoulder.
  1. Use your judgment when jabbing and make sure that your front foot is in range first before you punch.
  1. If using a single jab wait until the shot lands then push away off the front foot and slide the rear foot backwards, making sure that you maintain your boxing stance and therefore solid base.

Jab to the body

Another way to use the jab is to the body. For this punch the key differences are seen in the lower-body movement; the upper-body movements are the same as the above. The lower-body differences are:

  1. From the boxing stance, the first action is to slide the left foot forwards towards your opponent – this moves you within punching range. Simultaneously squat down to 90-degree angle at the knee – still maintaining a solid base.
  1. In this punch the boxer should actually raise the height of their defensive guard in order to increase protection in the half-squat position.
  1. Stay low when pushing out – because aiming for the body increases a fighter’s vulnerability to a counter-punch.

This article is an extract from a larger piece in the Total Fight Training, the ultimate guide for combat sports participants, currently available on the Boxing News app on iTunes, Google Play and from www.pocketmags.com

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January 8, 2015
January 8, 2015

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WBC HEAVYWEIGHT champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) has trained to hurt, not just knockout, undefeated, mandatory challenger Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), January 17 in his first defense of the Vitali Klitschko-vacated title he captured last May with his sixth-round technical knocked of Chris Arreola (35-4).

The 12-round Stiverne-Wilder championship fight headlines “Return To Glory,” co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Don King Productions, airing live on Showtime Championship Boxing (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) from MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Much of the fight hype has surrounded the trash-talking Wilder, the 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist from Alabama, and his bid to become the first American to hold a portion of the world heavyweight title since Shannon Briggs more than eight years ago.

“No, it (Wilder’s trash talk) doesn’t bother me,” Stiverne said. “I’m focused on beating him. I’m not going to just knock him out, I’m going to hurt that kid.   His job, I guess, is to make himself big by talking; I feel like I’m fighting Muhammad Ali (Stiverne joked). He’s a great promoter, better than his or my promoter. There’s a lot of hype about him and that’s great for our fight because it’ll come down to everybody knowing who beat him after the fight.”

Wilder’s critics question the quality of his 32 opponents and the fact he hasn’t fought past four rounds. Stiverne, though, is happy to let his fists do the talking when he faces the 6′ 7″ Wilder in the ring.

“I don’t say anything about who he’s fought or him not going past four rounds,” Stiverne explained. “Those questions should be directed to him. I really don’t care. I’m going to chop him down and, if those things are factors, it’ll show in our fight. I’m just doing my job. I’ve been down and came back to knockout my opponent. I’ve also won 12 rounds fights. I know I still have power in later rounds.”

“Bermane and I have discussed this fight, of course, and he told me this guy is a clown and that Wilder thinks this is the WWE,” Stiverne’s manager Camille Estephan commented. “This fight is for real, no joke, and Bermane is ready. He really dislikes this guy and I believe him when he says he’s going to hurt Wilder.”

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January 7, 2015
January 7, 2015

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MUHAMMAD ALI, soon to be 73, is back at home after being released from hospital on Tuesday night. The three-time world heavyweight champion was admitted on December 20 with a severe urinary infection. It was initially feared that “The Greatest” was suffering from pneumonia.

“He’s in great spirits and enjoying being back home,” said family spokesman Bob Gunnell. “He’s back in his daily routine.”

Ali is said to have made a full recovery and his family offered thanks to everyone for their support.

The cultural icon was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984 and his public appearances have diminished in recent years as a consequence of his condition.

As a fighter he won gold as a light-heavyweight in the 1960 Olympics before claiming the world heavyweight title for the first time in 1964 when he defeated Sonny Liston.

Further championship triumphs followed in 1974 against George Foreman, and 1978 when he outscored Leon Spinks.

He retired, past his best, in 1981 with 56 wins from 61 fights.

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January 7, 2015
January 7, 2015

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“We got the antidote for Bermane.  He ain’t nothing but a two-trick pony.” – Deontay Wilder


Stiverne vs. Wilder
, a 12-round world championship bout for Stiverne’s WBC Heavyweight World Title, is co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions. Unbeaten WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz defends against Jesus Ruiz and undefeated junior welterweight Amir Imam meets Fidel Maldonado Jr. in the co-featured bouts. The event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., and will air live on SHOWTIME (10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT). The telecast will also be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts will be televised live on SHOWTIME EXTREME (8 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Tickets for the event are on sale and priced at $500, $350, $250, $125 and $50, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person with a limit of four (4) at the $50 price range.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available at www.mgmgrand.com orwww.ticketmaster.com.

For more information visit www.donking.com, www.goldenboypromotions.com and www.sports.sho.com, follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @BStiverne, @BronzeBomber, @SHOSports and @MGMGrand and become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing and www.facebook.com/SHOBoxing, or visit SHOWTIME Boxing Blog at http://theboxingblog.sho.com/.

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January 7, 2015
January 7, 2015

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PHILADELPHIA’S Charles “The Hatchet” Brewer, who held the IBF super-middleweight crown from June of 1997 to October of the following year, is to be presented with a prestigious award on January 12th – The Joe Frazier “Living Legend” award.

Frazier’s daughter, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde will be on hand in Philadelphia to present the award to the 45-year-old, and a number of boxing greats are expected to be in attendance.

Brewer, who boxed as a pro from 1989 to 2005 and compiled a 40-11(28) record, speaks to Boxing News about his upcoming big day:

Q: You must feel very proud to have your fighting achievements appreciated and honoured with The Joe Frazier Living Legend award. When did you first find out the great news?

Charles Brewer: “I actually heard around two weeks ago. I had received a lot of e-mails from Jacqui Frazier, but I initially thought I was just being invited to be a guest at the awards. Then I read how they wanted me be present, so they could actually present the award to me! I thought, ‘Wow. Ok!’ It is a great honour.”

Q:  Aside from Joe’s daughter, who else do you expect to be in attendance to honour your great career?

C.B: “I don’t have a complete list, but I do expect a lot of fighters from the [Philly] area, from the scene to be there. Up and coming fighters, current and former champions, they’ll all be there. Larry Holmes is coming, The Easton Assassin himself, and it’s possible Bernard Hopkins will be there. Steve Cunningham also.”

Q: What does the late, great Joe Frazier mean to you, Charles?

C.B: “He is the symbolism of a Philadelphia fighter: determination, true grit, pride, hard work. He is the perfect example of a Philadelphia fighter; he put all the attributes on the table each and every time he fought. It is a real honour for me to be recognised with this award.”

Q: In your opinion, is Joe Frazier THE best Philadelphia fighter ever?

C.B: “Come on, now; how can I answer that (laughs) I’m going to give Joe his full credit and he deserves all the credit in the world, but I’m a Philadelphia fighter myself! Come on, man, how Can I list any one of us at number-one! All I can say is, WE all deserve to be rated as number-one; we’re all number-one. There are so many great Philadelphia fighters, just look at the scene. Any time another fighter stood across the ring from a Philadelphia fighter, he knew he was in tough and against a guy who would never give up. The only way I can say it is we’re all number-one; I can’t categorise just one of us as the best.”

Joe Frazier tribute

Q: You received another honour back in August of 2014, when you were awarded with your IBF championship ring (pictured above), for having retained your world title three times?

C.B: “Yes, I had remembered I was due [my ring] but then I had forgotten. I was at the awards for another fighter and I suddenly remembered I was due a ring. I said so to (IBF President) Daryl Peoples and he told me they were coming to Philadelphia to present me with my ring. It’s another bauble, another tribute. It’s on my finger right now. It makes me look at myself as a world champion each and every day, that’s how I symbolise it.”

Q: You had a great career with a lot of memorable and exciting fights. If you had to name your greatest single victory, what fight would it be?

C.B: “That’s easy and I’ll tell you why. It was my win over Herol Graham. He was a very tricky, cagey guy, no pushover at all. He was in no way a guy I was looking at as a sure win for me. He dropped me in the early going and I badly injured my ankle; I had actually torn two ligaments. I was in pain and also so angry. I said to my corner, ‘I’m gonna f**k this guy up bad!’ I went out and I threw the hardest right hook ever. As soon as that shot landed flush, I knew it was over with. So that was my toughest fight and my best win. That fight had so much complexity to it. To have been injured so bad and to have not given in but instead come back, against such a skilled fighter, a southpaw, and to have won by a knockout – in a fight that was dead even until I stopped him – that was a great win for me.”

Q: What do you think of today’s super-middleweight division, and who is the best at the weight in your opinion?

C.B: “Well, first and foremost, I think the middleweight and super-middleweight divisions are something of a joke, really. Look at Jermain Taylor coming back from nowhere and getting a title shot and winning a world title again. And Taylor looked terrible in that fight actually. The money these guys get, too! Andre Ward is the best at the weight [at super-middle] without a doubt. But that’s another bad part of things, his being out of the ring with problems. I don’t know all the ins and outs of what’s kept him out of the ring, but it’s bad when he doesn’t have the opportunity to become even more phenomenal as a fighter. He’s a very educated fighter and I like everything he does in the ring.”

Q: Do you feel that, with his inactivity, if he was to fight Carl Froch in a rematch in, say, March or April, Ward would have a much tougher fight than the first one against Froch? Would he need a tune-up before taking such a big fight?

C.B: “He would definitely need a tune-up. No way do I see him going straight into such a serious fight. I think he would repeat the win, but he would need to fight a tune-up first, after the time out he’s had.”

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January 7, 2015
January 7, 2015

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Premier lightweights Stephen Ormond and Terry Flanagan say there will be no love lost when they clash at the historic Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday 14th February.

Irishman Stephen Ormond defends his WBO European title against Manchester’s Terry Flanagan with the fight also sanctioned as an Eliminator for the WBO World Title on St Valentines Day.

The all-action fight will headline a top quality card promoted by Frank Warren, in association with P.J Rowson, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin Ch. 546 and TalkTalk 525).

With so much on the line, neither man is contemplating a loss and both are fired up for a victory.

“I’m the champion and I’ll be leaving the champion,” said Ormond.

“Not only will I keep hold of my WBO European title, but I’ll be the one who will get the world title shot,”

“Flanagan’s a good strong kid, he’s undefeated, he’ll come into the ring ready for the fight and he’ll be no pushover, but ultimately I’ll have too much for him in every department,”

“I’ve fought the majority of my career outside of Ireland so there’s no pressure on me fighting him in England, a boxing ring is a boxing ring wherever it is, as long as I can fight in a ring I’ll win,”

“It’s a great fight for me and the fans and I can’t wait to get it on and the only thing his lips will be kissing that day is my fists.”

Flanagan said, “This fight won’t be for the faint hearted, I am going all out to take Ormond apart,”

“He says he’ll have too much for me in every department, but I believe that I’m the bigger, stronger, better and more skilful fighter and it will show on the night,”

“There will be pressure on me even though it’s not in my home city of Manchester, he’s coming over from Ireland so I’m going to make sure I’m the winner on home soil,”

“I’m undefeated and I’ll never shy away from a challenge, I love the challenge and someone like Ormond who comes in saying he’s going to beat me makes me train and fight harder,”

“There’ll be no love hearts in my eyes when I’m facing him, just targets set on his chin.”

The card will also feature undefeated Birmingham middleweight Tommy Langford; outstanding Chelmsley Wood lightweight Joe Costello; Corby cruiserweight prospect Simon Barclay; rising Swansea bantamweight Jay Harris; the return of Redditch’s hard-hitting middleweight Andrew Robinson; unbeaten Tipton light-heavyweight Ricky Summers and Bloxwich middleweight prospect Dan Breeze.

Tickets priced at £40, £70 and £100 are available from 0870 320 7000 or online at www.wolvescivic.co.uk

BoxNation will televise live and exclusive on Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 525.  Subscribe at www.boxnation.com  Or watch online at Livesport.tv and via iPhone, iPad or Android.

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January 7, 2015
January 7, 2015

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IT’S that time of year again when we lay out our wishes for the forthcoming 12 months, but rather than list fights I’d like to see I’ll limit myself to trends that would be most welcome in the still-great sport of boxing.

For a start, how about British fight cards featuring fewer bouts between ticket-selling locals and Eastern Europeans with more losses than Don Bradman had runs? Yes, I understand that small-hall promoters need to keep the left-hand side of the bill boxers winning, but when as a ringside reporter you recognise the import before the MC even announces his name, then it’s time for a new seam of “opponents” to be mined.

On the subject of shifting tickets, here’s hoping that some popular attractions can be found to headline major bills in Las Vegas. When Sin City last month hosted two major shows on the same night the combined attendance barely moved into five figures – and the capacity of the MGM Grand Garden, where one of the shows (Khan vs Alexander) was held, is 16,000.

True, Floyd Mayweather can sell out the MGM, but he fights only twice a year (at most) and turns 38 next month, so won’t be around much longer. Popular Saul Alvarez and Miguel Cotto are set to collide in 2015, but such is the appeal of this pair that their clash could draw a large crowd to several other cities in the US, such as New York or San Antonio.

It’s important for the long-term health of the sport that Vegas attractions be developed who can replace the Mayweathers and Manny Pacquiaos when they depart the scene. An encouraging example is how Top Rank are building up unbeaten light-welterweight Jose Ramirez; the 22-year-old former Olympic rep has appeared on several Vegas big-show undercards but has also boxed frequently in his home state of California, most notably in October when his one-round wipe-out of David Rodela drew a whopping 7,000 fans in Fresno.

Let’s hope that 2015 will see more boxers follow the example of Vasyl Lomachenko and fewer the path trodden by Gary Russell. Lomachenko, a former brilliant amateur, backed himself (and his talent) by contesting a world pro title in only his second paid fight and actually winning one in his third. Russell had too many easy fights before losing to Lomachenko in their vacant WBO featherweight title bout last summer – which just went to prove that undermatching can be as damaging to a career as overmatching.

And would it be too much to ask that top boxers get in the ring more frequently? Yes, I realise that stars nowadays box when the TV companies that broadcast their fights have the funds to purchase the big shows on which they appear. But wouldn’t it be better to have the odd lower-profile contest now and again rather than risk letting one’s skills be dulled by inactivity?

After all, when Sugar Ray Leonard won his first pro world title by stopping outstanding Wilfred Benitez for the WBC welter crown in November 1979, it was Leonard’s NINTH paid outing that year. Amir Khan’s two fights and two wins in 2014, as admirable as they were, was hardly a demanding schedule by comparison.

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