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  1. Joe Byrd's Boxing Academy: Sparring

    by on 06-21-2014 at 08:02 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Nagel View Post


    Sparring

    The Friday before last was the first time that I'd spar I had in 5 years. For the four consecutive days leading up to that, I've been doing the regular routine described above along with running 4 miles in the early morning. I was still a little beat from the days before.

    Anyway, Joe Sr. didn't come in, so it was just me, Jackson (aka "Man-man"), DJ, Brandon with Joe Jr. left
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  2. Joe Byrd's Boxing Academy

    by on 06-20-2014 at 06:24 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Nagel View Post


    A typical day at Joe Byrd's spells like this:

    Joe Byrd Jr. (His son, not a misspelling) gestures everyone to sit on the floor and we start our floor routine. We do some stomach exercises, windmills (toe touching), jumping jacks, running in place while punching, and a couple other simple calisthenics to get warmed up.

    Afterward, the guys finish wrapping their hands and go to a preferred spot around
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  3. Mr. Joe Byrd Sr.

    by on 06-20-2014 at 06:02 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Nagel View Post
    First I'd like to briefly introduce Joe Byrd Sr. Some of you may know him as father of former heavyweight champ Chris Byrd. Joe was a former pro fighter himself (see Joe Byrd - Boxer). Now age 77, he's been coaching boxing for almost 50 years.

    Just scratching the surface, I found out that he was a sparring partner for Bob Foster for the Joe Frazier bout. Yesterday, I asked him about a Sugar Ray Robinson fight
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  4. Joe Byrd's Boxing Academy

    by on 06-20-2014 at 06:02 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Nagel View Post
    Last week I started going to back to Joe Byrd's Boxing Academy. It's been 5 years since I've passed through it's doors, and it's exhilarating to be back again.

    During my hiatus from boxing a lot has happened, I traveled, went to school, got married, started on a career as a house painter, but after all the gym beckoned me. The gym would often sneak into my dreams, and I longed to be back in the ring,
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  5. Small fight venues that measure up

    by on 04-23-2014 at 06:07 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by DannyV297 View Post
    Ballrooms are the worst but there are some real nice, quaint venues that come to mind for me. Primm Nevada Star of the Desert arena is my all time favorite small venue aside from the lone gate. Hard rock in Vegas is a favorite of mine too. I want to hit up fantasy springs here soon as well as morongo. When I lived on the east coast I always wanted to hit up Foxwoods in Connecticut and the dc armory.
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  6. year six in the early stages

    by on 04-02-2014 at 01:11 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Zelley View Post
    Potential nominees for 2015 are being looked at with early bird names
    being Geronimo Bie and Ken MacDonald in the boxer category, David Habib and Dale Gatin as builders and a potential pioneer Howard Curling who served in the fifties to the eighties.

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  7. sugar Ray Leonard would have KOed Floyd Jr.

    by on 02-28-2014 at 09:01 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by IamInuit View Post
    Leonard had issues with Benitez at a time when Wilfredo was on the road already to ruin with his partying. I think its fair to say that he would have had problems with Floyd. Leonard had problems with Benitez though not just because of his defensive wizardry but also because of his offensive ability. Thats probably the difference in the Floyd fight. Floyd is an extreme safety first fighter who would rather counter then anything else rarely taking it to the opponent. That works with the brawler/punchers
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  8. I REFUSE to give up on Boxing!

    by on 02-21-2014 at 04:59 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by armin View Post
    I think we as humans always tend to be nostalgic and see the past with rose tinted glasses. People will talk about the "good ol days" you mean the days where 15% of the population was second class citizens, or it was ok to beat your wife and it was seen as just....I think boxing is doing just fine, if you look at it globally
    what a crock of shite---you must be 26 years old
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  9. BC AMATEUR BOXING HALL of FAME - 2010

    by on 01-01-2014 at 07:26 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Zelley View Post
    2014 Inductees announced today January 1, 2014

    Eleven new inductees:
    Bert Wilkinson, Billy Townsend, Bob Pegues,
    Harry Twist, Jack Meda, Jamey Ballard,
    Jimmy McMillan,Jeff Yule, Kit Munro
    William J. Finlay, and
    1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games boxing
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  10. Why should there be a bc amateur boxing hall of fame

    by on 01-01-2014 at 07:04 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Zelley View Post
    WHY A BRITISH COLUMBIA AMATEUR BOXING HALL OF FAME: By Brian W. Zelley

    Background - BC AMATEUR BOXING NEWS (1983 to 1986)

    During my term as editor for the BC Amateur Boxing News in the Eighties,
    I came to the conclusion that there was very little discussion of past events
    or those Golden Memories of past boxing happenings.

    The logical step was to add past events in a Flashbacks section or as an introduction to report on various tournaments
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