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What is it?

  • This is a form of fighting between two people using gloved fists.  

  • There has been growing concern about the dangers involved and the sport has very strict rules about the nature of the fights and the blows that are permissible.  

  • There is a form of recreational boxing which involves hitting a punch bag, not a live opponent;  it can be part of a keepfit programme.

Find out more


Amateur Boxing Association (being redone)  0208 778 0251


Boxing Monthly 
Boxing News

Getting started

  • Find a local boxing group or club (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local sports centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on the basics of boxing.

  • Check in your local library/paper or sports centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Boxing requires a certain level of physical fitness and resilience.  It is done by both sexes but more by young people.

  • Training can be done on your own but fights clearly require an opponent.  

  • Fights are only normally allowed between people of the same sex (mostly men) and the same approximate weight and standard.  

  • Most boxers belong to a club or group of some kind.

Equipment or clothing
  • For serious training in a club, special shoes, shorts and top are required.  

  • Protective equipment and gloves are normally provided by the group.

A place or facilities
  • There are boxing facilities in some sports centres.  

  • Boxing clubs may have their own facilities and equipment.

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