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Cleto Reyes USA line of products is growing and this time we want to present to you our NEW PUNCH ROUND CUSHION for all our boxing enthusiasts. This cushion now became part of our Round Cushion family and is available right now!

This new addition takes the place of another cushion as the new MEDIUM SIZE, the other goes as SMALL from now on (but keeps all its specifications like weight and radius).
You can see this new product and our whole line of cushions in our store, click here.

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Does the color of the glove matter?

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Through the history of boxing the gear to practice this sport keeps evolving with the progress of technology and science; all this with the goal of protecting the fighters of any major injury. One only needs to look at the center piece of boxing, the gloves, to see how far we have got.

Today the difference we spot more easily in gloves is the color. Now, this could be only the fighter preference but is it only that? Other people have asked the same question. There has been research about color psychology and how that affects human behavior. For instance, red represents aggression and power; that is why a lot of sport cars use this color as their main. Meanwhile, white represents sincerity and purity, two things that surely does not come to mind when thinking about boxing, at least not to the audience but the fighter could see themselves as in a higher state of mind or at peace when wearing white.

Of course, we must keep in mind what kind of effect the color of your gloves takes in your opponent. Does black make it more difficult to telegraph punches? Does yellow excite them to the point of precipitation and making basic mistakes but make it easier to follow your punches? Does blue intimate them?

At the end of the day what it comes down to, most likely, is preference. Still, as any sport, boxing is not only about skill or strength, it’s about emotion and our mind can easily sway our emotions.

THE OUT-BOXER STYLES AND TECHNIQUES

THE OUT BOXER BLOG

The Out-Boxer

There are different boxing styles that are generally accepted. The boxer has a natural tendency to gravitate towards a specific style but it can actually change over the years. This time we’re gonna talk about the out-boxer technique.

This is a traditional style of boxing, and it is often called just plain “boxer” and it is definitely one of the most enjoyable techniques to watch as an aficionado. The boxer keeps a gap and stays outside the ring, throwing longer punches, they’re the exact opposite of a swarmer who is aggressive and overwhelming with his opponent.

Probably the most famous out-boxer is Muhammad Ali who weared his opponents down leading to a soft victory.

Here are some ways you can identify this style and get to know if you yourself are a out-boxer.

  1. You take your time to identify your opponent’s style
  2. You like to maintain distance from your opponent
  3. You make long range punches.
  4. You’re quick on your feet
  5. You stay outside, come in throwing a few punches, and step back
  6. Your punches are calculated and constant.

Remember no boxer is married to a single style throughout his career. You can learn what’s best for you, practice, study your opponent  and achieve victory.

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BOXING TRAINING

Beginners guide to boxing training

Boxers are some of the most disciplined athletes. Let’s not forget they got where they are through a series of intensive training, building their psyche periodically and doing the right diet. Boxing training gives you endurance, strength and speed. If you’re just starting out  here are 4 essential workouts you can try:

  1. Jump rope. Let’s start with the adequate warm up, this is the best way to improve balance and  footwork, it also  helps you control your breathing efficiency.
  2. Shadowboxing. Done with the right goals in mind, shadowboxing can improve your boxing technique. It is great to practice at home or even right before a fight. Set your mind on your opponent or the abilities you want to enhance and really take the habit of doing until you master said goals and set a new one.
  3. Heavy bag. This is perfect for beginners, it helps you with the overall coordination, footwork and punching power. After practicing for some time, you can try the speed bag.
  4. Sparring. One of the best ways to learn how to fight, training with a partner is a great way to know your own limits and techniques.  Take note of your reflexes, endurance, jabs, and even your footwork.

TOP 5 BOXING MOVIES

Top 5 boxing movies

Top 5 boxing movies

It’s winter already and there’s nothing better to do on those cold windy friday nights than stay at home watching a good  movie. If you’re in the mood for some family drama, anger management issues and great climax fighting scenes,  here’s our top 5 recommendations:

  1. Raging Bull. (1980) Directed by Martin Scorsese, it is based on the life of boxer Jake LaMotta, who is most famously known for his tough character in and outside the ring and for giving the first defeat to Sugar Ray Robinson.  The film is set in black and white to give the story a more authentic feel, narrating LaMotta’s personal demons, prominent fights and inevitable fallout. Starred by Robert De Niro, it received great critical acclaim and earned him an Oscar win for Best Actor.
  2. Rocky (1976). Undoubtedly the most popular boxing movie that made Sylvester Stallone a star. He wrote and starred in the role of a lifetime, earning him an Oscar for Best Picture and a nomination for Best Actor. The character is very relatable as he struggles to get into the boxing scene, finally doing so by fighting Apollo Creed the heavyweight champion of the world.  In 2015 the movie Creed followed the story of Adonis Johnson, the son of Apollo Creed, who is trained by Rocky himself to continue with his legacy.
  3. Ali (2001). Making a movie about the greatest boxer of all time it’s no easy task. Directed by Michael Mann and starring Will Smith, Ali received mixed reviews and fell to impress at the box office. The film shows us the struggles of  the fighter formerly known as Cassius Clay during the span of ten years from 1964 to 1974, including his views of Islam and relationship with Malcom X. Nonetheless, Will Smith managed to capture the character and was praised by Muhammad Ali himself.
  4. Hard Times. Starring Charles Bronson as a man of few words, this film is highly entertaining and shows us the other side of boxing we don’t get to see in other films. It is not set in the professional world of boxing, but in the violent alley and warehouse fights that serve to get some good quick cash. With a bleak and stylish direction by Walter Hill, it has become fan favorite and a staple of 70’s american cinema.
  5. Million Dollar Baby (2004). Clint Eastwood was at the top of his game when he directed this film. Starring Hilary Swank as an underdog female boxer and Clint Eastwood as his reluctant trainer, it shows the relationship between the fighter and her  mentor ultimately becoming a tragic tale about loss, the struggle of a career in the boxing world and the bond between an athlete and his trainer.

THE THIRD MAN: THE REFEREE

The third man the referee

When we witness a match, our eyes dance around the two opponents, the punches and the sweat but we rarely notice the referee, the man who knows by first hand what’s really going on inside the ring, the man who can stop the fight if he seems that is necessary.  Love him or hate him, the referee plays a crucial role in every match.

Let’s take a look at some of the most notables referees:

Kenny Bayless (1950). Born in Nevada, he’s been the referee of many notable fights like Hopkins vs De La Hoya, Cotto Vs. Margarito, Pacquiao vs Hatton, Mayweather vs Canelo, etc. He has received criticism for being a little too considerate with Floyd Mayweather; if chosen as the referee for McGregor’s debut against Mayweather, he would’ve objected to the Nevada State Athletic Comission.

Ruby Goldstein (1907). Born in New York, he was a professional boxer during the 20’s. He served time in the army and got back to the United States becoming a prominent referee. He received mixed reactions in the world welterweight championship fight between Benny Kid Parret vs. Emile Griffith. Paret was badly beaten and was knocked out in the 12th round. Some consider Goldstein should’ve intervened and stopped the fight sooner because Parret died 10 days later from brain injuries.

Mills Lane. (1937). Born in Georgia, Mills Lane was a professional boxer, referee and t.v. personality. He became a boxing icon when he refereed the “Bite Fight” of Tyson vs. Holyfield, he even sold the bloody shirt to a memorabilia collector.  Many years later he became a real judge and had a reality court show called “Judge Mills Lane”, he also allowed MTV’s Celebrity Deadmatch to use his voice and character with his iconic catchphrase “Let’s get it on”.

THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING HYDRATED

The importance of staying hydrated

STAY HYDRATED

The importance of staying hydrated is an obvious advice, but often an overlooked one.

Boxers specially go through a lot of strict diets and trainings that can alter the amount of fluids in their body, causing dehydration.

Identify the symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Headhache
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth

You can have sports drinks but make sure they don’t contain really high amounts of sugar, regular water or mineral water would be ideal. You can also get the right minerals into your body with a diet containing fish, legumes. mushrooms and sweet potatoes.

Remember to don’t overdo it and cause harm to your body. When it comes to training the key is balance, consult your trainer for the best timing and amount of water you should drink depending on your routine and overall goals you’re trying to achieve.

Andrew Johnston, professional golfer training box with Spencer Oliver

Andrew Johnston and Spencer Oliver

Andrew Johnston is an English professional golfer who plays on the European tour.

Through instagram he shared a post training box with Spencer Oliver. Spencer Oliver is an English former professional boxer.

It looks like they had a good time.

 

Great session this eve with @spenceroliver_ can’t believe I remembered lots of it haha. Love Boxing 😀👍🏻

Una publicación compartida por Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston (@beefgolf) el

3 ESSENTIAL FOOTWORK TIPS

FOOTWORK TIPS

While training don’t underestimate your footwork, enhancing your technique will give you advantage over your opponent, and ultimately lead you to win a fight.

Practice these 5 essential tips and measure your results constantly:

  1. Stance.  Don’t wide your stance too much, you’ll most likely have to jump which will reduce your energy.
  2. Sidestepping. Avoid dragging your feet and let them slide from left to right
  3. Training. Incorporate jumping rope in your routine, it helps you move and coordinate your feet as you would during a fight.

When you’re watching a match, focus on the footwork of the fighters and you’ll see that whoever has the best footwork will often be the winner.

Don’t let it be all about the punches, mastering footwork is crucial and will make you a better boxer.

 

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.