Originally Posted by Chris Nagel The bad news about the sparring is that it's going to be a while before I'll be able to spar again. Mr. Byrd says that you need your amateur book, which looks like a boxing passport to be able to spar. He says it's because if there is an inspector that comes by and finds out that we are unlicensed or if our licences are expired, we can get banned and Joe would get suspended. Jackson has no license to begin with, and I need the forms so that I can renew mine.
Normally Mrs. Byrd handles
Originally Posted by Chris Nagel 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
Originally Posted by Chris Nagel
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
Originally Posted by Chris Nagel 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
Originally Posted by Chris Nagel 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,
Originally Posted by DannyV297 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. I
Originally Posted by Zelley 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.
Originally Posted by IamInuit 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
Originally Posted by armin 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
Originally Posted by Zelley 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