2014 Ringside World Championships

The 2014 Ringside World Championships will take place in just a few weeks and anticipation is high for what will be a week-long celebration of amateur boxing.  With overrwc_14_final 1,500 boxers, six rings and over 1,000 bouts, the sheer size of the tournament makes it a sight to behold.  But the competition and associated numbers are but the tip of the iceberg, what the layman sees on the exterior.  Although impressive, it’s the rest of the ice, underneath the water, that truly defines the experience like no other.

What most people don’t see is the long, uphill path that was traveled just to get to the tournament, the months of preparation, hard work and sacrifice.  The event itself is the end of a specific journey, the mountain top.  Competitors will have logged miles of road work and countless rounds in the gym BEFORE they step into the ring to give everything they have, both mentally and physically, for victory.

boxing requires teamwork

What most people don’t see is the teamwork necessary to take part in the event.  For most of the competitors, there is at least a two-person team, fighter and coach, who undergo the experience together. Some teams include a whole contingent of boxers and coaches.  Regardless of the size, teamwork plays an integral part in the experience before, during and after the tournament.  As a team, they push each other during training, support each other during competition and celebrate with each other after a hard fought match.

relationships

What most people don’t see are the special relationships formed as a result of participation in the tournament, most of which don’t end at the conclusion of the event but last a lifetime.  Boxing is a unique sport with its own exclusive requirements of courage, focus and determination.  To be a member of this exclusive group and truly understand the experience, one must be intimately involved in the process.  This shared experience serves to strengthen and reinforce these lifelong bonds of mutual respect and friendship.

support

What most people don’t see is the unyielding support given to the athletes by coaches, teammates, family and friends.  This too, starts months before the tournament and carrieskid-with-gauze on long after it has concluded.  These supporters are in the boxer’s corner literally and figuratively.  Who can deny the steadfast, intimate support given by a coach, as he wraps his fighter’s hands and makes final preparations in a secluded corner of the arena?  Who can deny the dedicated, energetic support of the teammates, family and friends, as they root on their fighter during a match, pushing him to the finish line and then offering a congratulatory embrace as he climbs down from the ring?

contributions

What most people don’t see is the generous contribution of the officials and ringside physicians, who selflessly donate of their time and money to administer the tournament.  They perform this sometimes unforgiving task not for personal gain but for a simple love of the sport and the athletes that participate in it.

reunions

What most people don’t see are the reunions.  For many, the tournament is an opportunity to reunite with old friends and past competitors, a time to retell old stories and catch-up on the new ones, a time to simply share time together.  Not to mention the new friendships forged through competition and a shared goal.

More than a boxing tournament

The 2014 Ringside World Championships is much more than a boxing tournament.  It’s an opportunity to showcase the best in all of us, to promote all the positive attributes that make-up our great sport.  We hope you will be there to share in the experience. Click here for more information on the 2014 Ringside World Championships.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Albert is a retired boxer and long time Ringside team member. He was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team (Atlanta, GA) and former member of USA Boxing’s Board of Directors. Albert is a three time USA Boxing National Champion, as well as the 1992 National P.A.L. Champion. He also medaled in the 1993 World Championships, 1994 Goodwill Games and 1995 Pan-American Games. Albert continues to share his extensive boxing knowledge by coaching, blogging and assisting with tournament administration at events supported by Ringside.

2012 Ringside World Championships Training Camp- Week 9

There’s less than two weeks before the first bell rings at the 2012 Ringside World Championships.  On August 1st, competition in the largest amateur boxing tournament in the world will get underway and with it, the celebration of all your hard work, determination and sacrifice.

You’ve been in camp for two months, and the prize is within sight.  The key now, in the

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days leading-up to the big show, is fine-tuning and rest.  The objective of this part of camp is to maintain your conditioning and recover from the taxing workouts that constituted previous weeks of training.

Although a specific training regimen should be tailored to the individual athlete, there are several general items that should be incorporated into Week 9 of your training camp.

Diet

Eat smart.  Eat Healthy.  You’re going to need all the energy you can muster for the upcoming competition, so don’t get off track now.  Continue to fuel your body properly.  At this point, you should be on or very near your competition weight.  This will give your body plenty of time to acclimate, and you won’t have to worry about making weight at the event.  This will allow you to concentrate on your opponent, not the scale.

Roadwork 

Continue your routine by jogging four miles, five to six days per week, at a nice, steady pace.  Feel free to throw in a few sprints here and there, but not as hard or consistently as you were in previous weeks.  Remember, the goal of this part of camp is to maintain and recover.

Gym Workout

Just like you did at the beginning of camp, insure that your fundamentals are solid in these weeks leading-up to the tournament.  Continue to work your obligatory four rounds at each station (heavy bag, shadow boxing, jump rope, mitts, etc.) at a consistent pace.  Incorporate your final two to three sessions of sparring into these remaining weeks to insure that your timing, distance and reflexes all primed for competition.

The difficult part of camp is over.  You’ve done it, but training isn’t over just yet.  Take this time to insure your fundamentals are solid, your technique is on point and your mindset is positive.  Maintain and recover.

If you missed Week 1, Week 3, Week 5 or Week 7 of training camp, click here.

 

-Never.Stop.Training.-

2012 Ringside World Championships Training Camp – Week 7

T minus three weeks and counting until the first punch is thrown at the 2012 Ringside

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World Championships in Kansas City.  Your victory is earned in the weeks and months leading up to the event.  It’s what you do NOW that insures a great performance then.

The tournament itself is the culmination of all the effort you’ve invested, all the hours in the gym, all the punches thrown, all the miles logged on the track.  It is where you showcase the skill you’ve developed and the conditioning you’ve built.  It’s a time for celebration.

To get there, it’s important that you stay focused and dedicated during the final weeks of camp.  During these next two weeks, specifically, we will make an all-out, final push in our preparations.

Although a specific training regimen should be tailored to the individual athlete, there are several general items that should be incorporated into Week 7 of your training camp.

Diet

Continue to fuel your body with a healthy diet, the benefits of which are numerous.  It will give you the power to fight through these remaining weeks of camp, which means you’ll be in better shape for competition and more energized during the bouts.  It will also help you reach and/or maintain your competition weight more efficiently.  This can’t be stressed enough – don’t wait until the last minute to cut weight!  Preferably, you should be at your competition weight a week before the tournament.

Roadwork

At this point, you should be consistently running at least four miles, five to six days per week.  Your pace should be brisk and challenging.  Continue incorporating sprints or intervals into your routine.  During your bout there will be times of high and low output, relatively speaking, so your roadwork should mimic this pattern.

As an option, you can try alternating between distance and interval runs.  One day, run for your obligatory four miles, and the next day, perform an interval routine where you focus on giving spurts of 100% output.

Gym Workout

Your gym workouts should be intense and taxing.  Give it all you got, and leave it all in the

Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero

gym.  Work at least four, three-minute rounds at each station (shadow boxing, mitts, speed bag, heavy bag, etc.).  While you’re training, picture yourself in the ring, at the tournament, with your opponent in front of you.  Imagine various situations and your reactions to them.  Having rehearsed the scenarios in your head, during training, you will be better prepared when the time comes to perform.

You should be consistently sparring two times per week for three to four, three minute rounds.  You can even incorporate a mock-bout by staging an actual competition match in your gym.  Have your coach wrap your hands with gauze and tape, just like he will at the tournament.  Wear your uniform, have your coach be the referee and sit between rounds.  The objective of this exercise is to get better accustomed to the atmosphere of an actual competitive match.

If you missed the tips from Week 1, Week 3 or Week 5, click here.

-Never.Stop.Training-

2012 Ringside World Championships Training Camp – Week 5

You’ve committed an entire month of training to the 2012 Ringside World

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Championships,and there’s no turning back now.  With the big dance only five weeks away, you’re about half way through camp, and it’s time to raise the bar even further.

By now, you should be in a set routine that incorporates a healthy diet, training and rest.  Establishing the regimen was the hard part.  With momentum now on your side, you’re on a path that leads directly to Kansas City and an outstanding performance.

You’ve put in the work and laid a strong foundation.  It’s now time to build on that and push your body even further.  Stepping into the boxing ring to compete can be one of the most strenuous, nerve-racking and physically taxing experiences anyone can go through (and consequently, one of the most rewarding).  It’s essential that you’re as prepared as possible when the time comes, so push your mind and body now to insure you’re ready.

Although a specific training regimen should be tailored to the individual athlete, there are several general items that should be incorporated into Week 5 of your training camp:

Diet

Continue your healthy diet.  Avoid the temptations of junk food and fuel your body with nothing but the best.  It will show in your workouts and ultimately, in your performance.  We’re about half way through training camp, so if you’re trimming down for the tournament, you should be half way to your competition weight.  Don’t wait until the last minute to lose weight!  It will damper the experience and negatively affect your performance.

Roadwork

You should be consistently logging 3 – 4 miles, at least five days per week and at a healthy pace.  It’s now time to incorporate sprints.

Boxing matches aren’t static.  There is an ebb and flow to them, times of heated activity, as in the middle of an exchange, and times of lesser action, as you search for an opening.  The roadwork you perform should mirror the output required in the ring.  There is a wide variety of sprint routine options, so you should integrate the one that works best for you.  However, a good place to start would be to incorporate 20 – 30 second sprints, every couple of minutes, as you take your daily jog.  With time, you’ll find that you will be able to invest a greater amount of energy during the bursts and recover faster.

Gym Workout

Your gym workouts should be all about intensity.  Perform four, three-minute rounds at each station (shadow boxing, heavy bag, double-end bag, mitts, etc.), and concentrate on the intensity of each round.  Push yourself.  Remember that your eventual opponent is training too, maybe at the exact same time you are.  It’s up to you to train harder, sacrifice greater and focus more intently than him.  It will be worth it in the end.

Sparring should also commence now.  One to two times per week for three, three-minute

Sparring should be a learning experience.

rounds will be sufficient.  Keep in mind that you shouldn’t be fighting for your life when you spar.  It should be a learning experience.  Enter the session knowing what you want to practice and heed your coach’s instructions.  Eventually, your skill, timing, reaction speed and distance will improve.  For more information on sparring, check out John Brown’s Principles of Proper Sparring DVD.

If you missed the tips from Week 1 or Week 3, click here.

-Never. Stop. Training-

2012 Ringside World Championships Training Camp – Week 3

Two weeks have gone by since you made the choice to compete in the 2012 Ringside

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World Championships.  This, in of itself, was a major decision, so congratulations.  You’ve cleared the first hurdle. 

As outlined in Week 1 of camp, you should have spent the last two weeks building a foundation on which to grow and improve.  Your regular workouts should now have you in a routine, a set pattern that you can continue all the way up to the day you arrive in Kansas City.  The key is consistency. 

At this stage, as you begin to increase the intensity of your workouts, it’s natural to question yourself, to lose focus and ponder whether or not all the work is worth it.  When you feel these emotions creeping up on you, step back and bring to mind your end goal, to valiantly compete in a world amateur boxing tournament, the biggest in the world. 

Remember that in less than eight weeks, you will be stepping into the ring and looking into the eyes of your opponent.  Remember that the work you put in NOW, the harder you push yourself NOW, the more prepared you will be when that day comes.  In the end, it will all be worth it.

With two weeks of training behind you, you should now start to feel some of the results.  Let’s build on that as we enter Week 3.

Diet

Continue to eat healthy.  This effort, coupled with the regular workouts, should be enough for you to start shedding the pounds.  Pace yourself so that you are on weight a week before the tournament.  This will give you adequate time to acclimate, so that you have plenty of energy for your bout.

Roadwork

It’s time to start picking-up the pace.  Push yourself so that you’re jogging a little faster.

Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero

Begin adding distance incrementally so that you’re consistently jogging 3 – 4 miles, instead of 2 – 3 miles.  In the coming weeks, sprints will be incorporated into your roadwork routine, so it’s important that you’re ready for this next step. 

For the most benefit, you should consider your roadwork a separate workout, performed separately from your gym workout.  It’s a lot to ask of your body to run then hit the gym or vice versa.  Roadwork is traditionally done in the morning and gym workouts in the afternoon or evening.  However, if this doesn’t fit into your schedule, just be sure to allow as much time as possible between workouts so that your body can recover.

Gym Workout

Like your roadwork, it’s important that you start picking up the pace in the gym as well. 

Perform 3 – 4, three-minute rounds at each station (shadow boxing, heavy bag, double-end bag, speed bag, mitts, jump rope, etc.).  Try to throw more punches, on the average, than you did in the first two weeks of camp.  You can even go so far as to have someone count your punches, so that you know exactly how you’re progressing.  Always remember that the effort you put in now is directly related to how you will perform at the tournament.  So punch hard and punch often.

Sparring will be incorporated into your regimen in the coming weeks, and you have to make sure you’re ready for it.  Sparring should be used to improve your technical skills, not get in shape.  That’s done beforehand, now.

Continue your progression with more reps of sit-ups and neck exercises.  Make it burn.  You won’t regret it.

Although a specific training regimen should be tailored to each individual athlete, these general tips will help you be ready for the 2012 Ringside World Championships.

 If you missed the tips from Week 1 of training camp, click here.

-Never.Stop.Training.-

Ringside World Championships Training Camp – Week 1

The 2012 Ringside World Championships is only two months away, and it’s imperative that preparations begin early.

The first order of business is simply to make the decision to participate.  At first glance, it

2012 Ringside World Championships

would appear to be a fairly easy question to answer, but in reality, it’s a very important choice to make.  It’s a goal, a commitment you’ll be making to yourself that will directly affect the next two months of your life.

If you’re willing and choose to accept the challenge, then I congratulate you and assure you that it will be an experience you won’t soon forget.  A significant portion of the challenge is mental, and since you are now armed with the necessary psychological fortitude and determination, you’re already half way to the finish line.

Now to tackle the other half.  With an expected 1,400 athletes at this year’s tournament,

Where Victories Are Earned

there will be no shortage of competition, and each athlete will be striving for the same objective – a world championship.  The victory is earned with the work you log in the weeks leading-up to the tournament, in the sacrifices you make now.  The sport of boxing doesn’t allow for last minute cramming. 

Although a specific training regimen should be tailored to the individual athlete, there are several general items that should be incorporated into Week 1 of your training camp:

  • Diet
    • Waiting until the last minute to lose weight is ineffective and dangerous, so don’t do it.  Begin eating healthier now.  This, combined with the increase in training, will help you lose any excess weight more gradually.
  • Roadwork
    • Start laying the foundation for the harder running routines that will come in the following weeks by running 2 -3 miles, at least five days a week.
  • Gym Workout
    • Experienced and novice boxers alike should take the time to insure that their fundamentals are solid.  This will decrease the chance of bad habits forming as workouts increase in intensity.
    • Perform three, three-minute rounds at each station (shadow boxing, heavy bag, double-end bag, speed bag, jump rope, etc.).  At this point, intensity should be moderate.  The goal of these early days is to get the body back into a routine and to lay the foundation for what’s to come.
    • Start doing sit-ups and neck exercises to strengthen these important parts of the body.

Like building blocks, it’s important to lay a strong foundation for the camp, and by incorporating these components into Week 1 of training, you’ll be better prepared for what’s to come. 

-Never.Stop.Training.-

Official Equipment Supplier of the National Golden Gloves

The National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions is the most well-known

Golden Gloves

competition in amateur boxing.  Winners of the tournament earn the recognition of being the best-of-the-best and have their names etched in the record books alongside past champions, such as Muhammad Ali, Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya.

This year’s tournament begins Monday at the Casablanca Resort Casino in Mesquite, Nevada, kicking-off six days of intense competition between the best amateur boxer’s in the country.

Ringside is proud to be the official equipment supplier of the National Golden Gloves, and contribute to the success of this prestigious event and the athletes taking part in it.  Ringside representatives will be on site with a full equipment showroom to assist you, and tournament merchandise is now available on ringside.com.

Follow along for updates on Facebook.com/RingsideBoxing and onTwitter via @RingsideBoxing

Good luck to all participants!

2012 Ringside Masters World Championships

This weekend, March 30 - 31, Ringside will host the first ever Ringside Masters World

2012 Ringside Masters World Championships

Championships in Kansas City, MO.  The tournament is open to men and women athletes over the age of 34.  More than 80 Masters competitors registered for the amateur boxing tournament, the most senior, an outstanding 77 years of age.    

All possible precautions are being implemented to insure the safety of the athletes.  The boxers are being required to compete in 16 oz. sparring gloves and well-padded headgear. Each round will be 1 minute in length.

Although Masters competition takes place at the Ringside World Championships every August, opportunities for Masters boxers to compete are still scarce, so Ringside felt it appropriate to provide another stage for these passionate, hard working and dedicated competitors to shine. 

John Brown, Owner/CEO of Ringside, Inc. and tournament director, states, “You would be

John Brown at Masters Tournament Orientation Meeting

amazed at the competition these mature folks provide. They have an incredible passion for the sport. Some have experience and some have none. All opponents are matched within 10 years in age, 10 pounds in weight, and equal experience. It makes me proud to be a part of such a special event.”

Follow along for updates on Facebook.com/RingsideBoxing and on Twitter #RingsideMasters via @RingsideBoxing

Ringside Sponsors the 2012 National Silver Gloves Tournament in Independence, Missouri

2012 National Silver Gloves

19th Annual National Silver Gloves

Fast hands, swift feet, quick minds and thunderous power prevailed at the 2012 National Silver Gloves Amateur Boxing Tournament in Independence, Missouri.  The three-day event took place on February 1st -3rd. Over 322 amateur boxers from all over the country matched up to earn National Championship titles and belts.  The result was unparalleled competition that showcased the sport’s best young athletes from across the nation.

Ringside is proud to bring you every bout from the National Silver Gloves! Click here to view!

For the past nineteen years, Ringside has hosted the nation’s premier junior event – the National Silver Gloves Tournament.  Every February, the nation’s best 10 – 15 year old boys and girls compete for a national championship, and when the dust settles, over 60 national champions are crowned.  Athletes must earn their spot at the national competition by first advancing through local and regional elimination tournaments.  For most, it’s the first opportunity young boxers have to experience competition at a national level and gain the indispensable experience necessary to be successful at the senior levels of amateur boxing.  Witnessing these future stars in action is truly a sight to see.  The heart and skill they demonstrate confirms the success of boxing and the bright future it has in store.

Young boxers between the ages of 10 yrs to 15 yrs competed in several weight divisions over a course of four sessions and three rings.  There were 58 champions who emerged from amongst the competition.

This year’s tournament commemorated the 45th anniversary of this National program which continues to provide the youth of America with a unique opportunity for personal growth.  This annual tournament has been the proving ground for many of today’s top boxing talents, many of whom have utilized the discipline and dedication that the Silver Gloves Program instills to propel them to Olympic and world title contention.

The National Silver Gloves has been supported by Ringside for almost two decades. Ringside also hosts the annual Ringside World Championships in Kansas City.  It is the largest amateur boxing tournament in the world with over 1,500 entries, four days of action, and six rings running simultaneously.

In addition to sponsoring the event, Ringside also provided live social media updates throughout the tournament as a way for family members and friends who were not able to attend to stay up-to-date on what was going on at the tournament and cheer on their favorite amateur boxers by using Facebook and Twitter.

All proceeds from 2012 National Silver Gloves Tournament were donated to the National Silver Gloves Association Scholarship Fund.

Congratulations to the 2012 National Silver Gloves Champions!