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The famous boxer coming from black slaves (Part 1)

Born in slavery, Bill Richmond fought tirelessly to become the greatest African American sports boxer of his time.

Born to be a warrior

On July 19, 1821, King George IV ascended the throne to rule England during a lavish coronation at the Palace of Westminster. In the dazzling palace, with solemn rituals, one was surprised and puzzled when 18 large figures appeared, especially among them a black man.

It was one of the top boxers in England, and also the most prestigious athletes of the time. But the fact that a black man had the honor of attending the King’s coronation was extremely rare in conservative 19th-century English society.

Bill Richmond was born a slave on Staten Island, New York in 1763 and grew up in the family of Richard Charlton, a wealthy pastor of St. Peter’s Church. Then an accidental meeting in the summer of 1776 changed the life of the slave boy.

That day, Brigadier General Percy, commander of British forces in the United States, entered a bustling pub where his soldiers were having a cup of tea. A battle broke out, and a lone protagonist defending himself became the center of attention: the 13-year-old Bill Richmond. General Percy was impressed by the boy’s fighting spirit, after which he persuaded Pastor Charlton to sell the young man.

In the 1700s, pugilism, also known as boxing, was one of the most popular sports in England and was probably the number one after horse racing. Initially General Percy arranged pugilism matches for Richmond solely to entertain his guests, and the black boy’s opponents were often the most “evil” British soldiers Percy could find. see.

The famous boxer

In 1777, Percy sent the young man to northern England, attending a school in Yorkshire. After marrying and having a child with a white woman, in 1795, Richmond moved to London and became the boxing coach of the Camelford Lord Thomas Pitt, a former navy officer who loved boxing.

Together Pitt and Richmond attended prizefighting matches (barefoot boxing), the boxers were not wearing gloves and the match could last a lot. Prizefighting is similar to today’s MMA or UFC matches, really brutal and bloody.

But it was not until 36 years old that Richmond entered the professional boxing career. In 1804, Richmond faced the notorious and invincible warrior George Maddox. Although the match lasted 9 innings, Richmond did not win, but his effort was a victory. Maddox often kills an opponent in just a few rounds, and it is unthinkable for a rookie to fight 9 rounds with him.

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Why is Boxing harder to play than MMA? (Part 1)

Boxing has only hand to hand while MMA has to fight hands, legs, wrestling. But why is Boxing harder to play than MMA?

In MMA, it is clear that the martial artist needs to know as many martial arts as possible and to maximize his potential and limit his opponent’s abilities in order to achieve the ultimate victory.

A MMA fighter must face many attacks from objects, fastening, punching, kicking, and knees. Obviously, MMA must pay attention to different aspects than MMA, but for that reason , MMA climax is not “hard” as Boxing peak. Because the rules were so wide, MMA had a time when it was misunderstood as a rule of life and death without rules

The code is strictly limited

Boxing is the most challenging stage in the martial arts. You must not use your feet, not use attorneys, not hugging, not turning, not running. However, you still have to ensure victory.

If in MMA, you cannot punch, you can kick, if you cannot kick, you can find a way to bring the game to the floor. Even non-professionals who watch MMA can speak up tactics. basically like that. However, in Boxing, if you cannot punch, what else will you do?

Constraint is the premise for creativity

Because only two fists are used to attack, Boxing fighters have only one concern is the opponent’s hands. All the focus was on each other’s fists, making the blow more visible and predictable than ever. Without being able to be clever or creative, Boxing-fighters would not be able to strike effectively.

To hit an opponent, you must be tricky.

In front of the big competitors, you must also be a big old fox to confront them. Gradually, the old tricks need to be replaced by the more advanced “tricks”. The beat, the psychology of hitting, the power begin to play so the trick becomes even more sophisticated and unpredictable.

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Boxing history

The interesting history of Mexican fighting style in boxing

Not sectarian like other martial arts, but the style of boxing is very diverse. The fighting style of a region, a country also always distinguishes itself from the rest. Boxing has many different playing styles, and each region of the world has different ideas and styles of play.

What influences the fighting style and style of a region or a country usually depends on the initial factors such as the boxing country, the culture of the host country, the physicality of the people of the host country.

The interesting history

Mexico used to be a poor country, with low wages and living standards. Mexican people always have to cross the US to do “underground” here with higher salaries.

American employers love to use “underground” labor for a variety of reasons, low wages, no paper insurance, and high labor productivity. Mexican workers built relationships with American capitalists at that time.

For American capitalists, more specifically boxing bosses, it was very difficult at that time to find people to train with the fighters. Partly because not everyone can afford to raise many boxers at once, partly because Americans like to watch Boxing and are not willing to take a fighter’s punches for a living.

The underground Mexican working class is willing to do everything for less than the standard US wage. This underground labor situation still exists today.

Gradually after these “martial artists” classes after working age, they will return to their homeland and open the boxing oven. This is the reason for the formation of the Mexican style – a close style at close range and belly fight.

Nowadays, the Mexican fighting style is one of the most feared fighting styles in modern boxing. The Mexicans, over time, have modified the style of play to become different from that of the old style.

Mexican boxers still compete at close range, but the ability to evade attacks and counter has gone to a new level. These consecutive combo combos are gradually replaced by a series of calculated attacks launched from many different angles. Stubbornness is also accompanied by the thinking mindfulness in boxing.

Highlight Mexican boxing

Mexicans, with legendary names dominating in the past such as Oscar De La Hoya, Erik Morales, Antonia Barrera until now Canelo Alvarez, Mikey Garcia, Santa Cruz, will continue to affirm the position of the Mexicans on world arena.

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Boxing

How is boxing affected by Covid-19 pandemic? (Part 2)

Boxing does not have a tournament, there is no system for ranking players. It operates in a very primitive way. The punches challenge each other, the winner has money to bring back, the loser is empty-handed (although sometimes there are cases where the punch-losing person still has money). “All the fighters need is money, not a health report,” the Independent wrote.

Boxing has up to 4 management agencies including WBA (World Boxing Association), WBC (World Boxing Council), IBF (International Boxing Federation) and WBO (World Boxing Organization). Representatives of these four agencies never accept to sit together to elect a top management and they also do not agree that there will be only one champion.

The existence of WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO is simply making money. The organizers will host their own championship matches to call for sponsors, sell tickets, collect money, and award prizes to the winners. All 4 agencies have their own rules. The only thing they have in common is that they don’t have a long-term management plan. In weight classes, the world will always have 4 champions.

Tris Dixon, editor of Boxing News, wrote: “It never will be possible for these 4 organizations to sit together to come to an agreement. Because simply every organization has its own piece of cake and they are all living well with it so no one will share any one. ”

The fighters themselves have no need to change anything. “The fighters keep fighting, getting money and that’s enough. They don’t need to be a champion of a tournament, because their ultimate goal is always money, ”added British journalist Frank Warren.

Famous handler Amir Khan said that he himself and many other hands do not understand how the management mechanism operates. So whenever they had money, they would go to the floor, and Covid-19 would look after it.

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How is boxing affected by Covid-19 pandemic? (Part 1)

In the midst of the frozen world due to Covid-19, this month the Tokyo 2020 Olympic boxing qualifier will still take place in London. Do fighters immune to corona virus or this event once again expose the flaw that has existed for so many years in boxing management?

Boxing has no highest executive organization

The major sports around the world for smooth, methodical and professional operation, thanks to a top management agency. For example, world football is run by FIFA, European football under UEFA.

Men’s tennis has the ATP rating system, women’s tennis is the WTA. Everything is so clear that when the world arose, the government would easily meet with the highest regulatory agencies to come up with a solution.

Recently, after the two positive cases of Covid-19 Premier League, the British Football Federation (FA) quickly met with representatives of the teams to unify the decision to postpone the four biggest English football leagues. April 3.

London is falling due to the Covid-19 virus, but from Saturday last week until March 23, 322 players from 42 countries still gathered in London to compete. In this group, there will be 77 punchers going to the next round, with the final goal of getting tickets to the Tokyo Olympic this summer.

Why do most sports events bring together many spectators, but “boxing” still takes place? Is it because the fighters are too strong and produce themselves with Covid-19? Of course not.

Boxing is still played in the midst of the pandemic is the most powerful denunciation for the management flaw of this sport. Although worth billions of dollars, is a sport that makes the audience spend tons of money to attend live, and also brings huge profits to the boxers, but boxing is not run by a team.

And therefore, not in the competition program at the department level, department or sports department in many countries.

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Boxing

Amateur boxing and professional boxing (Part 1)

For amateur boxing (3 rounds, helmet and jersey), the Olympic gold medal is always the desire, the highest goal in amateur competition, and the key to opening the door to by winning the professional contract quickly.

Since 1904, Boxing has been present at the Olympic Games, and since then, boxing has grown, and the Olympic has been a better step for the boxer to go deep into the road. Professional boxing later. So let’s put aside the top professional boxers aside, this article will talk about amateur boxing, also known as Olympic boxing, another world of boxing but no less attractive.

Boxing is divided into 2 levels, professional and amateur. Professional boxing is directed to the championship belt (WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF…) amateur boxing is mostly present in the Olympic, Asiad Games…

Amateur boxing fighters are directly managed by the Boxing Federation The International Excess (AIBA), this makes boxing a fairly complicated management problem, because it does not unify a common boxing organization.

Back to the topic of boxing in the Olympics. As a boxing fighter, the Olympic gold medal is a special sacred thing. With so many sports (Athletics, Swimming, Shooting …), the Olympic has always been the number one goal in the athlete’s life. However, with boxing it is different.

The # 1 goal of good fighters in countries where Boxing is not Olympic, but the championship belts of Boxing organizations. In this case boxing like football, tennis, when the goal of the players life is the World Cup or the Grand Slam.

However, Olympic boxing still has its own appeal, as the matches are always exciting with the fighters coming to compete are excellent fighters, carefully selected from the qualifiers, and from the main. countries with boxers participating in the Olympics. 

At the Olympics, the only difference with professional Boxing, aside from costumes, is time. Within 9 minutes on the ring, fighters have to punch as many points as possible, because it is difficult to KO in the Olympic and not like a professional, even knockout is only counted as 1 point.

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Overview of the long history of boxing

Boxing has a very long history. Around 3700 BC, in Mésopotamie (ancient Greece) circulated boxing, the ancestor of boxing today. There was a time when this discipline declined, until it became popular in 1750 BC. Then, on the rest days, people often held the competition, with the participation of all classes.

The country of Greece has developed quite strongly in boxing competitions, even allowing opponents to be allowed to bring more leather or iron straps to their hands to take them down faster, because the competition law at that time was to fight.

When is a person unable to continue to fight?

By 746 BC, after Rome destroyed Greece, boxing was also transmitted to Rome with the enthusiastic response of the youth. However, as the development of boxing became increasingly ruthless, in 404 BC, the Roman emperor Theodosius the First made a complete ban on boxing.

Until the 16th century, ancient Greek – Roman boxing was a popular activity among the middle and upper classes of Britain in the revival movement. James became the king of boxing in England after defeating all other top players, and was the first to open a boxing school.

After that, a British next-generation champion, Jack Broughton, went further: opening a boxing school, inventing gloves to reduce accidents in competition, setting up a right-of-way rule.

By 1865, an English marquis, Queens Beery Vlll, had improved the rule of boxing to a more ingenious rule: only three rounds, three minutes each, instead of the sixteen rounds as Broughton rules. . Later Broughton rules became professional boxing rules and Berry rules became amateur boxing rules.

Since then, boxing has spread to many other lands on the planet. In 1881, the International Boxing Association was born, creating an opportunity for boxing to develop more widely. And in 1904, the Third Olympics officially classified boxing into official competitions.

Boxing today has developed around the world, famous for the technique of using only hands with three main attacks: straight punch, horizontal hook and hook up, plus the technique of using two moving legs combined with the body and head dodging.

In addition, boxing competition rules only allow the area to be struck in front of the body and from the waist up, forcing the boxing practitioner to practice even harder to gain. advantage in competition as well as in defense.

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Muay Thai or Boxing – Which Style is More Effective

Boxing involves hitting with your hands as well as foot and cardio vascular training. This type of striking requires quick hands and head movement to avoid being punched. Boxers have a more advantage of learning their martial art much faster because there is much less to master and much less to learn. Spending six months training Boxing you will be focused on punching and footwork, while in Muay Thai each month of those first six months will be spent trying to learn and master something new altogether.

Easier to Learn: Boxing

Which Martial Art is Better for Fitness?
Both Muay Thai and Boxing are great for improving fitness and cardiovascular strength. Even in their purest forms, both are great for strength and conditioning. There are sloppy western boxing coaches who don’t stress the importance of fitness in fighting, however if you’ve ever been in a professional or amateur competition you’ll know fitness is important. Muay Thai will also require you in hardening your body, particularly the shins.

It’s critical to remember that when the emphasis is more on fitness and strength rather than skills and technique you won’t have the attributes to properly defend yourself. Classes like “cardio kickboxing” are great options for losing weight and improving your body and heart, however they aren’t so good for self-defense and real life situations. Better for Fitness: Both

Who Would Win in a Fight?
So who would win in a fight between a Muay Thai vs Boxing practitioner? Luckily for us this strange fight has taken place at least once or twice before.
An important thing to notice is that this was under a professional competition, real life situations and other professional fights won’t always be the same as this way.

Which Martial Art Should You Train?
Boxing and Muay Thai are different martial arts, so when it comes to training the question isn’t essentially about which fighting style is better. It’s more about which martial art is more appropriate to you personally. Do you want to just concentrate on punching or do you want to add kicks, knees, and elbows

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Muay Thai or Boxing – Which Martial Art is Better for Self-Defense?

When it comes to self-defense and various real life dangerous situations, both Boxing and Muay Thai are great martial arts to practice. Boxing will probably get you into defensive position and competence a lot quicker in most situations, as the focus it puta on timing, spacing, and reading your opponent use of hands. Every fight begins with standing up and Boxing is one of the best skills to have in a fight with your hands.

Muay Thai will teach you how to read opponent leg’s movements. Most self defense situations do not necessarily require this skill, but when you meet an opponent who can kick, this gives a high chance of ruining whatever strategy you had in place with boxing.

Training Boxing enables you get much more proficient in self-defense in the short term (approximately 6 months training time). However, Muay Thai training emphasizes on he clinch and have a longer striking range.

Therefore, if you aim for Short term self-defense, choose Boxing and Long term self-defense choose Muay Thai.

Which Martial Art is Easier to Learn?

When you compare the two arts, both Boxing and Muay Thai can be easy and hard at the same time depending on which aspect of training you’re following.

Muay Thai involves the use of all striking points through elbows, knees, kicks, and punches. This type of striking takes a much longer time to master when compared to just using one form of attack. Not only do you need to learn how to master these type of strikes, but you also have to learn to master defending against these type of strikes. There is no Muay Thai professional that does not  know how to properly defend a low kick. Muay Thai clinching is also vitally critical to learn and that takes a long time to master.

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Muay Thai or Boxing – Which Style is More Effective? (Part 1)

It’s a common question that everyone asks “which martial art is better”. No matter you have been practicing some forms of martial arts for years, or if you’re a beginner looking to find the best martial art to begin with, you will be able to find your answer from this martial art breakdown. The truth is, a majority of martial arts are excellent and it’s silly to compare them with each other, it’s like comparing apples to oranges which hold their own beauty.

In this article, we are about to compare Boxing vs Muay Thai. Both of them are super useful for attacking, striking and self defense, and both are absolutely worth to learn. The question we want to answer is which out of the two martial arts are better for self defense, and which one is more powerful and practical for real-life situations.

Muay Thai vs Boxing

Boxing and Muay Thai share some similarities, as well as many differences. Muay Thai consists of some elements of boxing, however you can’t fight as a boxer when you practicing Muay Thai otherwise bad things will happen. Same applies for Muay Thai in a Boxing match, they are two completely different forms of martial arts with distinct advantages and disadvantages.

Muay Thai is useful because it brings a great advantage on the range and separation to the opponent. If a Muay Thai fighter fight a boxer in the street, he would have the advantage over his opponent of front kicking to keep him at distance. However, a Muay Thai fighter isn’t as strong with his hands as a boxer. A Muay Thai fighter would actually get a huge advantage in street fight, which is something that can’t be replicated by practicing boxing.

Boxing is useful because it holds advantage with footwork and self-defense. If a boxer were to fight a Muay Thai fighter in the street, chances are he would be able to easily avoid punches which can’t be compare in terms of strength. The main problem with Boxing is that boxers focus only on striking with hands, while Muay Thai focuses on both hands, elbows, feet, and knees