The ups and downs in the world of Boxing
The sport of boxing has certainly had its fair share of ups and downs. To take you back to 2019, Patrick Day fought Charles Conwell in a super welterweight bout on the Oleksandr Usyk vs Chazz Witherspoon undercard. In the 10th round, Conwell put Day into a coma after landing a vicious blow to the head of Day. The crowd inside the Wintrust Arena were shocked and there was a sense of nervousness and worry lingering around after Day had been very quickly taken out of the ring by paramedics and rushed to a nearby hospital. Sadly, four days later Patrick Day passed away due to suffering severe brain damage. This was a massive shock to the boxing world and left many people heavily involved in the sport speechless, including the likes of Matchroom boxing promoter Eddie Hearn who broke down in an interview with IFL TV and shared with us how nice of a man Patrick Day was to work with.
Former British heavyweight Dave Allen smartly put a stop to his fighting career, in late 2020. The reasoning behind his unexpected decision was that he believed he was allowing himself to get punched way too much and didn’t want to end up becoming ‘punch drunk’ or even worse dying eventually because of the sport.
On the flip side of the coin, former WBC Cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew said in a recent interview that Boxing, “saved his life”. He added, “if it wasn’t for the sport of boxing I really do believe I would either be in prison or I’d be dead”.
From personal experiences of previously being involved in a boxing club, another positive the sport offers is that the community of the clubs are close-knitted groups and everyone respects one another inside the gym. It doesn’t matter your orientation, the background you come from or what you do for a living, you still will be given the upmost respect from coaches and fighters. If you are thinking about delving into the sport of boxing I really do highly recommend you have a look at your local boxing gym as it helps your mental wellbeing, keeps you very fit and there is so much to learn on how to fight the proper way not only physically but mentally too. Another suggestion is if you potentially don’t feel ready to join up with a club yet you can always enquire with the club about 1-2-1 sessions. This mainly consists of pad work, learning how to throw your punches efficiently and effectively and gaining lots of vital boxing knowledge off the right trainers.
I hope I have inspired and given you all an insight as to what it is like in the world of boxing. Have your say by either commenting down below or dropping us a DM on Twitter.
Written by Harry Twort