REMEMBERING JAKE LA MOTTA

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Remembering Jake La Motta

The “Bronx Bull” died a month ago at the age of 95 on September 19th, 2017.

Jake La Motta was a ferocious fighter and former World Middleweight Champion who fought like there was no tomorrow. He let his opponents beat him to later learn his techniques and strike harder, deserving the Raging Bull nickname that would later result in a movie by the same name directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the his life in and outside the ring.

One of his most famous fights was against Sugar Ray Robinson, his eternal rival, whom he beat on 1943, making Ray’s first loss in his career. He fought with Ray six times “I fought  Sugar Ray so often, I almost got diabetes” he said.

La Motta won the World Middleweight Title in 1949 against Marcel Cerdan defending his title twice before he lost it against his long-time rival, Sugar Ray, in a match known as the “Valentine’s Day Massacre” echoing the shooting involving Al Capone due to the bloody beating Jake received in the fight.

The Bull had 83 wins (30 knockouts), 19 losses and 4 draws. His personal life was far away from stable. He had a bad temper and a drinking problem, got married six times and admitted to beating his wives, he also served time in jail inciting a minor into prostitution. In his later days, he performed as an actor in several films and also toured as a standup comedian.  

He’s remembered as the toughest of fighters, one  who was not scared of taking a beating if that meant taking down his opponent and achieving victory. In spite of his deplorable behavior outside the ring, he’s still one of the bravest fighters the boxing world has ever seen.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF: THE RING

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF: THE RING

We’ve all seen that squared rope delimited area where the boxing match takes place, and it’s definitely not in a shape of a ring, is it? Well it used to be.

Back in the day, the combats took place in any plain land traced with a circle. The modern ring we know, was introduced in 1838 the Pugilistic Society and it’s stayed almost the same to this day.

Inside this 24 feet square, men have been made and destroyed. The corner of the rings have seen more sweat and blood than any other sport; the trainer, the cutman, all representing the support a boxer needs to continue his fight.

Ever since the first televised match in 1933, the audience for a boxing encounter raised and the expectations for a fierce fight increased, delivering a 12 round match filled with power and strength leaving the viewers with a sense of glory they can only  experience from a great fight.

The ring -a silent viewer- has evolved but a constant has always remained: a man’s determination meets another man’s determination battling for more than a title. It’s a triumph for status, recognition and respect. It’s a feeling of bruised flesh and victorious soul only a boxer can get.

BOXING RULES

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BOXING RULES

Boxing rules can vary if the fight is amateur or professional, but there are some basic rules that if they’re broken they are considered a foul. According to Box Rec the following rules can cause a warning or disqualification if they are violated.  

  • You cannot hit below the belt, hold, trip, kick, headbutt, wrestle, bite, spit on, or push your opponent.
  • You cannot hit with your head, shoulder, forearm, or elbow.
  • You cannot hit with an open glove, the inside of the glove, the wrist, the backhand, or the side of the hand.
  • You cannot punch your opponent’s back, or the back of his head or neck (rabbit punch), or on the kidneys (kidney punch).
  • You cannot throw a punch while holding on to the ropes to gain leverage.
  • You can’t hold your opponent and hit him at the same time, or duck so low that your head is below your opponent’s belt line.
  • When the referee breaks you from a clinch, you have to take a full step back; you cannot immediately hit your opponent–that’s called “hitting on the break” and is illegal.
  • You cannot spit out your mouthpiece on purpose to get a rest.
  • If you score a knockdown of your opponent, you must go to the farthest neutral corner while the referee makes the count.
  • If you “floor” your opponent, you cannot hit him when he’s on the canvas.
  • A floored boxer has up to ten seconds to get back up on his feet before losing the bout by knockout.
  • A boxer who is knocked down cannot be saved by the bell in any round, depending upon the local jurisdiction’s rules.
  • A boxer who is hit with an accidental low blow has up to five minutes to recover. If s/he cannot continue after five minutes, s/he is considered knocked out.
  • If the foul results in an injury that causes the fight to end immediately, the boxer who committed the foul is disqualified.
  • If the foul causes an injury but the bout continues, the referee orders the judges to deduct two points from the boxer who caused the injury.
  • If an unintentional foul causes the bout to be stopped immediately, the bout is ruled a “no contest” if four rounds have not been fully completed. (If the bout was scheduled for four rounds, then three rounds must have been completed.) If four rounds have been completed, the judges’ scorecards are tallied and the fighter who is ahead on points is awarded a technical decision. If the scores are even, it will be called a “technical draw.”
  • If a boxer is knocked out of the ring, he gets a count of 20 to get back in and on his feet. He cannot be assisted.
  • In some jurisdictions the standing eight-count or the three knockdown rule also may be in effect.
  • In other jurisdictions, only the referee can stop the bout.

TIPS TO START BOXING

TIPS TO START BOXING

TIPS TO START BOXING

If you’re thinking about getting into boxing we have some useful tips that you should consider, they will help you improve better and have a good start.

  1. Find a good coach or gym, you need somebody that knows the sport and that can teach you how to do things the right way, you don’t want to get any injuries.
  2. Always work on your cardiovascular training. Cardio is really important to improve your endurance and to learn how to save energy while you’re fighting.
  3. Don’t forget about sparring! Try to spar with somebody that is on your same skill level.
  4. Spend time on shadowboxing, you need to practice your movements, punches and correct techniques.
  5. Eat the right way, by this we mean healthy. Eating the right food makes a huge difference.

INCREASE YOUR ENDURANCE

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INCREASE YOUR ENDURANCE

Boxing is a really difficult sport is not all about strength and technique is also about physical condition: ENDURANCE!

One of the first things you need to increase your endurance when fighting is…

CARDIO: You need to make your heart beat faster to pump more blood to your system, this will increase your body’s oxygen absorption and that’s what your muscles need. It will help you to not run out of breath so quickly and to perform better because you will have more energy.

TECHNIQUE: We cannot forget this part, technique is fundamental. If you do the right movements if will save you energy. Technique will allow you to have better and stronger punches because you will know when to apply each movement with more precision.

MUSCLE MEMORY: It’s really simple, the more time you spend practicing a movement it gets easier and easier. If you have muscle memory your brain will store all those repeated movements that you’ve been practicing. That’s why you train all your punches, you do shadow boxing and more to get your body use to every movement.

One of the keys to success is start doing more with less, you need to save energy to prevent getting tired so soon.

FIGHT REVIEW: CHOCOLATITO VS RUNGVISAI

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Chocolatito vs Rungvisai

FIGHT REVIEW

 

This fight is a rematch, we saw their first fight in March 18 in New York city. The fight ended with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai winning but with almost everybody believing it was Roman Chocolatito who should have won.

Now in this second fight we see how Srisaket proves he deserves that title scoring a knockout punch in the 4th round and retaining his title. We couldn’t see much of Roman Chocolatito he seem uncomfortable, in the first round he got hit in the head like the first fight so he complained and the referee warned Srisaket.

In the second round Srisaket began to exchange punches more than Roman, the same happened in the third round but this time we did saw Roman defend himself a little bit more but it seem like Srisaket was doing more damage than Roman.

Finally in the fourth round Sor Rungvisai connected with a right hand that dropped Roman Gonzalez but he got up. In the same round he connected another right hand punch that sent Roman Gonzalez to the ring floor, he stayed their for a few minutes and had to receive medical attention. Sor Rungvisai won by KO, and Roman Gonzalez lost his second fight in a row. Sor Rungvisai said. “I am not scared of anyone.”

TIPS TO WRAP YOUR HANDS

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Wrap your hands with us!

Alfonso Gomez gave us some tips to wrap our hands the right way. If you have some doubts have hand wraps what better teacher that champion Alfonso Gomez.

HOW TO WRAP YOUR HANDS

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Wrap your hands with Daniel Ponce De Leon!

Everybody has different styles when it comes to using hand wraps. Daniel Ponce De Leon has some tips for you!

 

WARM UP TUTORIAL

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WARM UP TIPS!

A very important part about training is warming up, you can prevent injuries! Learn with us how to warm up before training.

 

PHOTOSHOOT: ROBERT ‘‘LA AMENAZA’’ GARCIA

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Robert Garcia is a middleweight fighter who has 41 fights won and 24 with a KO. He is 5´10 with a reach of 72 in. He just defeated Omar Chavez by unanimous decision, now he is the new silver middleweight champion of the WBC. Omar Chavez surprised by not giving a lot of punches, Robert seem very strong and took the fight.

We had a special photo-shoot with Robert Garcia! Thanks to Ruben Cortez Photography.