Manchester is renowned for having started the Industrial Revolution, and is often nicknamed ‘Cottonopolis’ as a result. But it has also been dubbed ‘the sporting capital of the UK‘.
When you put aside the famous football clubs, Manchester takes some beating when it comes to its sporting achievements: Ricky Hatton and Tyson Fury are just a couple of prime examples of the calibre of Mancunian sportsmen. But, of course, it’s not just male sportsmen from the city who have found great success in sporting achievements.
The Rise In Female Boxers
In 2012, Team GB was represented by 542 athletes, among which 262 were female. Four years later, in Rio, the team was made up of 45% women with the same percentage of medals being won by female athletes.
With few challenging opportunities for young female boxers until the London 2012 Olympics, boxers like Stacey Copeland struggled to turn professional in their sport. Copeland, who is now a three-time national champion, is just the kind of female boxing role model that young athletes need. Her work outside the ring celebrates women in sport and encourages more and more girls to follow their dream to become a professional boxer.
The recent growth in popularity of boxing as a sport is no doubt down to the fact that sport is no longer seen as solely for men.
Boxing Training: What’s Involved?
Manchester, above all, is dedicated to offering a range of sports centres in which boxers can practice and train. Whether inner-city bass or in the suburbs, you will find a class that suits you.
In boxing, you are always prepared for the worst case injury which is why most boxers wear all sorts of protection during training exercises. To be certain to that you won’t be harmed during a training session, you will need to invest in a helmet, a mouth guard, various body pads, bandages, gloves and suitable clothes and suitable footwear. In fact, most clubs will insist that you have all of the gear or will hire it out to you. There’s no bare knuckle fights in regulated boxing!
You will need a mouthguard among other pieces of equipment when boxing. Photo credit: MartialArtsNomad.com on Visual hunt / CC BY
There are various types of combat sports, including French boxing, British boxing, kick boxing or Thai boxing, martial mixed arts, aikido, taekwondo, full contact, jujitsu, karate, kung fu and krav maga.
The purpose of this post is to inform you of the many classes and styles of boxing available to you in your area, as well as teaching you a bit about the sport you are about to undertake.