If you're looking to get in shape like a boxer or you're just looking for some boxing workouts to add to your own routine then you're at the right place. You can also find plenty of drills, techniques and tips to help you exercise like a champ.




Why do retired boxers always come back? A recent Twitter post by Oscar de la Hoya, where he said he could beat any of the 154 pounders except Saul Alvarez, had me thinking about this. Why would you leave boxing, get relatively out of shape for one to five years and then come back? It can't be good for the soul to have fans tell you you're too old or that you should stay retired. After looking at some high profile comebacks for the reasons why boxers can't let their fighting days go, here are the excuses I've come up with.


The Itch: This is the screaming of the fans, the hairs that stand up when your entrance music is played, the roar of the crowd and euphoria you feel when you knock someone out. The itch is a fighter's urge to chase the feeling he used to get when he was in the ring. Ricky Hatton is the latest victim of the itch and he will get the chance to scratch it against Vyacheslav Senchenko later this month.

"People ask if I should come back, will I win, can I be world champ again. They don't get it. I've already won. I'm here. I saved myself." Ricky Hatton

Money: Of all the reasons on this list, this is both the saddest and the one I can most relate to. Unless you're a millionaire, in which case I'd appreciate a donation so I can buy Froch-Mack tickets, everyone has had money problems at some point. Even boxers who earned tens of millions over their careers.

The prime example of this is Evander Holyfield, the heavyweight who fought for five years too long. Evander earnt $200 million over his career by some estimates, yet through a mixture of bad investments and having more kids than the Pied Piper of Hemlin he managed to fritter it away. That led to him chasing heavyweight titles at an age when he should have been enjoying his boxing retirement.

"I will not quit until I am a five-times world champion." Evander Holyfield

Right a Wrong: If a fighter feels they lost their last fight unfairly or in a manner they weren't satisfied with, they might well come back for justice. A boxer committed to using this kind of reasoning is Audley Harrison, a man who is always dissatisfied with his last performance for some inconsequential reason yet never takes it as a sign that the top level just isn't for him.

"It's official... I've decided to carry on. One more shot at glory. It could be over; next fight will tell me. See u in a ring real soon." Audley Harrison 

Prove it can be done: The tone of this list has been negative, but that's because I'm sceptical of boxing comebacks. I think some fighters have too many "rolls of the dice" or that they pick up their dice too late in the game. This reason , the urge to prove something, is one I respect and also one I can give a positive example for.

George Foreman began a ring comeback aged thirty eight years old. He'll tell you that the main reason he comeback was to raise money for his youth centre, but an important motivation for him was to prove that he could still do it. Over the next few years he took on younger heavyweights with the goal of showing them that age isn't everything. He wanted to show the world that turning forty wasn't the end.

"I want to keep fighting because it is the only thing that keeps me out of the hamburger joints. If I don't fight, I'll eat this planet."  George Foreman

Boredom with civilian life: Here's where I bring Roy Jones Jr into the mix. The ring legend only retired for an hour, though many feel he should have gone years ago, but he is a proponent of my last reason as to why people just can't quit boxing - boredom with civilian life.

It makes sense. If you spend twenty years training every single day, you're going to find the experience jarring when you retire and you suddenly have to give it up. What do you do with your time? Make model air planes? Walk dogs? The sudden removal of the lifestyle a boxer has can leave a deep, dark hole in his soul or, if you don't want to get spiritual with me, it can make him really, really bored.

"At forty, if I did all I needed to do, I tried it then hey, that's good enough for me." Roy Jones Jr


Thanks for reading. If you enjoyed this the only payment I ask is that you share it with your friends.