How to Get a Legal Boxing Match

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Boxing has many important rules and regulations for protecting the safety of amateur and professional participants, so to get a legal boxing match you usually have to join a state boxing association. A professional trainer explains the details in this free video on boxing tips.

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Hi, I'm Mickey Demos, Jr. here at the Biscayne Boxing and Fitness Club in Miami. And today, we're going to talk a little bit on how to get involved in real boxing. Let's say you've been working out at home, doing exercise videos, how to videos online; you learned a bit of the boxing fundamentals. Let's say you've been attending a local boxing gym or box aerobics gym, etcetera and you've committed to stay in the sport and you want to take it to the next level and have a real legal match. In a wit vibes, you don't do it in your backyard; it is a very brutal sport and they, it's a regulated sport because for safety reasons. And it's a little bit complicated if you're under thirty five years of age, you can engage in amateur boxing in the United States. If you're over thirty five, you're out of luck. Believe it or not, you can become a professional boxer if you're over thirty five and I'll talk about how to get involve in the sport in both arenas. In the amateurs, you'll have to approach the governing body in your state. For example, here in Florida, we have the Florida Gold Coast Boxing Association. They're, they're affiliated with the United States Amateur Boxing Federation. In order to, to box in the state of Florida, you have to join that organization and it covers, it covers your insurance cost in case you get injured. Remember, boxing regulation is mostly about safety. The first thing you're going to have to do as an amateur or approach, approve that you're physical fit enough to engage in the sport. In the amateurs, it's done a little bit differently than the pros. In the amateurs, you'll go ahead and just sign up, just join the, the association and if you're under 35 years of age, they'll allow you to box. However, that day of the bout, they'll find a local matchmaker; for example, let's say the Golden Gloves are in town, you'll find a local matchmaker and he'll match you with a novice boxer under ten fights experience within five pounds of your weight. Okay. Once that's done, you have to approach the doctor and you'll go through a rigorous physical the day of the fight and for the weigh-in to make sure that you're physically okay to engage in the sport. In the pros, the even turned professional, you have to go through a very, very, very comprehensive physical examination vary from in, from eyesight all the way to reflexes to heart condition to even mental stability. They're going to make sure that you're fit and stable human being before you engage in the sport. So, it's not something that's very easy to do. What you have to do is find out who the governing body is in your particular state and find out who they are and go to them and sign up. Once you signed up with them, they'll direct you towards the right people who will be able to match you intelligently. Remember, it's very important to pick your opponent very, very carefully. Like I said, if you're a novice boxer in your first bout, a good matchmaker will match you with someone with only one or two fights experience or no fight experience and within five pounds of your weight. The bottom line is real simple. You just have to join the organization, the governing body in your state, either pro or amateur and they'll tell you where to go.

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