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Boxing is a combat sport where two participants compete against each other.

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An Overview of Boxing

The aim is to strike your opponent with punches to above the waist line over the course of an allocated number of three-minute rounds. A judge(s) or referee will determine who has been the better boxer, i.e. who scored the most punches/points, and award him or her the winner. Another way of winning is to knock your opponent down for a count of at least 10 seconds.


  • Increases self-confidence and self-esteem
  • High Intensity Exercise, great for cardiovascular fitness


A good pair of beginnner's boxing gloves can be yours for around £20; you'll also need hand wraps (£5) to go underneath. If you get on to head sparring you'll need a head guard (£30) and a gumshield (£5). You can spar in your trainers to begin with but if you want the proper boxing boots you'll have to fork out around £30.

Club costs vary greatly.


The best way to start boxing is to find a beginners session at a local club, or try www.englandboxinginsight.com/clubs/finder


All you need to get started is some gloves and a punchbag/padded glove


  • Great Britain's Nicola Adams became the first female boxer to win an Olympic gold medal, beating Chinese great Ren Cancan in the flyweight final in London 2012.

Find Boxing Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

National Governing Bodies

England Boxing

Contact Name
ABAE head office
Contact Email
Contact Telephone
0114 223 5654

Stealth Black Belt Academy

Full Time Martial Arts and Fitness centre, based in Coalville.

Waterfront Boxing Academy

Waterfront Boxing Academy strongly believes in focussing on personal development, helping to train its growing membership the art of boxing, breaking down the fundamentals of basic techniques and building on skills and fitness.

Watefront Sports And Education Academy

Waterfront Sports & Education Academy (WSEA) is a performance, development, recreational and community base organisation.


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  • O&W LSA
    Equality Standard
  • Charnwood LSA
    Active Partnerships
    Harborough LSA
  • Melton LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Blaby LSA
    Active Rutland
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    Active Leicester
  • H&B LSA
    Sport England