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The mission of the WBAN Resource Team is to provide an online educational source for the active, inactive, retired boxers in the sport, and all others in the boxing community that are involved in boxing.  Our goal is to have our Team, that are listed in their given field share their knowledge, and be able to answer questions and provide on online source for those needing information or help. The WBAN Resource Team will also provide comprehensive and authoritative information with online articles, video training tips, and a variety of related resources.  The segment was created by WBAN's Sue TL Fox.  [More about us]

       
 

 
Can Khan give Mayweather a match?
November 6, 2014


UK fighter Amir Khan should be set to fight the greatest boxer in the world over the past decade, Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on December 31st. Mayweather is expected to win comfortably if the bout goes ahead – so does the soon to be 28 year old Englishman have any chance at all? Some pundits certainly think he does. But first Khan has to beat another US boxer Devon Alexander at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, in Vegas on December 13th. Khan is 4/9 favorite for this bout but it will be no pushover. And this one is expected to be a lot closer than whoever ends up fighting Mayweather.  But if it is Khan and if you do think he could see the New Year in with a big win against the odds – then obviously it’s worth taking those odds. Currently, most major bookmakers in the UK including Unibet, 32 Red, Skybet and others – Khan is a very big price at around 7/2. Remember – this is a two-horse race so those odds are big indeed. Mayweather meanwhile is odds-on, as you’d expect at around 1/5.  Full Story

3rd Annual Ventura County “Battle of the Badges”
Source:  Press Release - Retired Boxers Foundation

(DEC 5) For the second year in a row, Alex Ramos, Founder and President of the Retired Boxers Foundation, joined Michael Bradburn of Camarillo Boxing and Fitness Center to help out at the 3rd Annual Ventura County “Battle of the Badges.” Mike Bradburn sent out a big THANK YOU to Alex Ramos, and Jacquie Richardson, for their assistance at this year's 3rd annual Battle of The Badges, held at Port Hueneme Pavilion. They were in New Mexico, on Friday, flew in Saturday, just to attend this event. Mike and Alex trained Fireman Mike Fuller, and were in his corner for his 2nd round TKO win last night. Oh what a night, Thanks to Martin Gillitt our other cornerman. This was a charity event Benefitting the boy's and Girl's Club's. Bradburn loves giving back to this Organization, because this is where he started his Boxing career. Laced Up and Alex Ramos are partners in promoting the Retired Boxers Foundation as the “Undisputed Champions of Dignity!” Fireman Mike Fuller won his bout in 2010 and again in 2011. ...Full Story


Who Said Engineers are Boring?
by Anca Neagu (Engineer)

(DEC 5)  I started training in 1999 (two years after obtaining my Master’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin) and competed in boxing between 2000 and 2005. During this time, I won the San Antonio golden gloves three times, won 2 silver medals (one at USA Nationals, one at Pal Nationals), and 2 bronze medals (USA Nationals). I competed on the US National Team in 2000 in a dual meet with Russia (won the first fight while also braking my nose; and lost the second fight while boxing with the broken nose), and in 2005 at the World Championships in Russia (lost to the Canadian champion). I am very honored to have competed with some outstanding women boxers and have been part of an amazingly talented National Boxing team. Most people have no idea how good these boxers are. While these accomplishments speak for themselves, I am also proud of my career as a Civil Engineer. I was an engineer before I was a boxer. All the training for boxing competitions had to be done after work and on weekends. Also, the two weeks of vacation given by employers were spent competing in boxing (not your usual definition of vacation!)..Full Story


Watch out for the ‘mitt men’
by Mischa Merz

A pair of focus mitts do not instantly make someone a boxing trainer. But it’s very easy for the untrained eye to think so. Pads are all about sound and movement, that’s why they are used in open training sessions and any TV piece on boxing. Wow, that sounds good, that guy hits hard. But is it, to paraphrase Shakespeare, just a lot of sound and fury signify nothing?  I love punching the pads, I must admit, although I’ve never really settled into a routine with a trainer, so every time I punch them I feel like I’m a beginner, even though I have been boxing for many years, nearly 15 of them now.  But I do a lot of sparring and one thing I notice about pads is, they are not like sparring. They are more like learning dance moves. Hitting a target with two heads that come towards you instead of a target with one head that often moves away from you and if they come towards you they are throwing punches too. And with pads, you’re doing what you’re told and not responding to what you see in the way your opponent moves. You’re listening not watching, which is so different from the real thing.  It always makes me wonder a little about the efficacy of the mitts. Despite the feel-good factor, is most of the serious learning going on in other ways, like when you’re sparring and your corner tells you to try something and it works? Or when you’re shadow boxing and learning to throw punches on balance? Or when you are watching quality fighters and are inspired to imitate them?  Full Story
 

Ann-Marie Saccurato  - WBAN Resource Team Member - Boxing Tips #3
(NOV 12) Saccurato has a strength/conditioning coach certification for combat athletes, and also certified under the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is not only a  multi-world boxing champion, but she is superb trainer that will take anyone to task in the gym.  Saccurato's education is in sports science in terms of performance training and strength/conditioning that are the most n...More with VIDEO BOXING TIPS


Sugar Ray Leonard Mainliner at PAL Boxing Event
Story by Sue TL Fox
Footage/Photos/WBAN

(OCT 9) While nine amateur and professional boxing bouts provided action inside the ring, the main event, Saturday night, at the Clark County Events Center in Ridgefield Washington, on the outskirts of Vancouver, was the appearance of three time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard. The event was a PAL fundraiser sponsored by the City of Vancouver Police Department.  The evening commenced, in the shadow of the ring, with a VIP cocktail party and dinner for invited guests, followed by the introduction of Leonard by the evening's promoter, Patrick Ortiz. Sugar Ray spent nearly an hour signing various boxing memorabilia and posing for photos with the fans who lined up around the ring area for their moment with the former boxing great. And, from the reaction of many of the fans, it was well worth the wait. Leonard exhibited, in full force, the charismatic personality that he was justly renowned for during his time in the ring and following his retirement, doing boxing commentary and guest appearances on all three major networks along with HBO and ESPN....Full Story


Educate don’t be at risk
by Bonnie Canino /
WBAN Resource Team Member

Education will make you smarter. It will give you the knowledge and the answer. Then it’s up to you to put it in play and get the experience you need. In this case I am speaking about being a smart boxer, fighter, coach, and trainer. Sharing my knowledge, my explanation about it with the experiences I have seen in my 32 year career.  Subject weight loss. ABC.  I have seen and see boxers walking 10 pounds above their weight division that they box at and they think it is okay to do so. Then one week before they are to weigh in, they are needing to drop the weight quickly to make the weight division.  When you are a professional fighter, it is necessary that you receive plenty of notice. The average notice should be six weeks to diet and drop the weight for that division. They start conditioning not just by exercising but dieting to make the weight division. It should never be over two pounds the day before the weigh-in. If you are an amateur, you know in advance what weight division that you will be boxing in. Start early and maintained your ...Full Story
 

Ann-Marie Saccurato  - WBAN Resource Team Member - Boxing Tips #2
(OCT 7) Saccurato has a strength/conditioning coach certification for combat athletes, and also certified under the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is not only a  multi-world boxing champion, but she is superb trainer that will take anyone to task in the gym.  Saccurato's education is in sports science in terms of performance training and strength/conditioning that are the most n...More with VIDEO BOXING TIPS


WBAN Resource Team Member: Alex Ramos featured in video on Brazilian TV Network
September 21, 2011
(SEPT 21) Earlier this week Brazilian TV Network featured a boxing story, that had part of the feature with Alex "The Bronx Bomber" Ramos. The video is in Spanish, which Ramos is fluent in that language. The Brazilian network, that is based in Mexico, Guadalajara, sent a TV crew to California to do the interview in a local gym. The network is the second free-to-air TV Network in Brazil. At this time, they reach Full Video
 

Ann-Marie Saccurato  - WBAN Resource Team Member - Boxing Tips #1
Saccurato has a strength/conditioning coach certification for combat athletes, and also certified under the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is not only a  multi-world boxing champion, but she is superb trainer that will take anyone to task in the gym.  Saccurato's education is in sports science in terms of performance training and strength/conditioning that are the most needed in the boxing world. As a WBAN Resource Team member, she will be providing video tips...More with VIDEO BOXING TIPS


Alex Ramos: One Last Fight
WBAN Resource Team Member Story

by Bernie McCoy

(AUG 15)  Calling boxing a contact sport is much like calling the atomic bomb an explosive device. Professional boxing, along with pro football, easily surpasses the definition of a contact sport; they are both, simply stated, collision sports. Key differences between boxing and football are that football players wear quite a bit more equipment and they are considerably better equipped for their post career lives. Pro football players have the benefit of a union which, provides, upon retirement, basic financial and medical benefits designed to smooth the transition to life after the game. No such union or benefits or smooth transition exist in the sport of boxing for athletes who devote their prime years to the sport. It has always been thus and one man and the organization he founded has spent years attempting to change that situation. Not surprisingly, the task is as tough as any bout this former boxer had in a long and distinguished career in the ring. ..Full Story


Newest Members of the WBAN Resource Team
by Sue TL Fox

(JULY 27) WBAN has just recently added three new WBAN Resource Team Members. For those of you who do not know about the newest addition to WBAN, the WBAN Resource Team is a group of people in various fields related to the sport. We have physicians, trainers, people who have put on promotions, matchmaking, management of boxers, and more. They can answer general questions to help active, inactive, and retired boxers in many fields of the sport. They are dedicated individuals to help educate and share their knowledge.  The mission of the WBAN Resource Team is to provide an online educational source for the active, inactive, retired boxers in the sport, and all others in the boxing community that are involved in boxing. Our goal is to have our Team, that are listed in their given field share their knowledge, and be able to answer questions and provide on online source for those needing information or help. The WBAN Resource Team will also provide comprehensive and authoritative information with online articles, video training tips, and a variety of related resources. ..Full Story


WBAN’s Top Ten TIPS for Women Boxers!
By Sue TL Fox
(original article 2003, 2014)

(JULY 12) Get Photographs taken! Many times the boxers fight and fail to get any photographs of their fights. For one, it will be something you will want later in life after you have stopped boxing. But, it is also important to have photos on file, for news articles, and for promo purposes. If you see photographers at the weigh-ins, and press conferences, ask them if they are going to ringside and are they shooting your fight. Get their names and contacts so that you can either purchase your photos from them or get a copy of them from the photographer. Many photographers are glad to send you photos of you to your own fight. ..Ten Top Tips


Nutrition Pugalistica - Giving the body what the body needs Part II
by Amit S.Katz

In my first installment we established that the body needs four things 1.Oxygen 2.Water 3.Fuel and 4.Minerals. I covered the difficult part of the equation, obtaining a good source of minerals. So if Water and Oxygen are the easiest part of the equation, then we are left with Fuel. This in and of itself is a huge can of worms, because we are no longer dealing with the most basic fuel the body needs which is Glucose, but rather we are now dealing with where the source of this fuel comes from i.e. food.  Every fighters diet will vary according to their height/weight, blood type, eating habits, cultural background, physical geographical location and on and on, etc etc…
We can therefore conclude that there is no set food specific to all fighters, meaning we can not squeeze all of these varied people into one diet.  But we can establish guidelines that all athletes need, guidelines that make sense if you are trying to perform at a high athletic level and leave the food choices up to the fighter. The food we eat can be broken down into 3 basic categories, each one yielding some type of fuel or building block and they are 1.Fats 2.Carbohydrates and 3.Proteins.  Making the right choices from these food sources in a way is giving the body it’s proper fuel whilst treating the body or the “Machine” if you will
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Concussions: Latest Topic on WBAN Resource Team Website -By Sue TL Fox
June 29, 2011

(JUNE 29) This week WBAN has been concentrating our efforts in adding information and  an online educational set of lessons (five chapters) and quiz on Concussions on the WBAN Resource Team Website.    Also, this week,  Dr. David Geier, orthopaedic surgeon, and WBAN's Resource Team member published an informational article "Blunt trauma and sudden death in young athletes." This week WBAN has been concentrating our efforts in adding information and an online educational set of lessons (five chapters) and quiz on Concussions on the WBAN Resource Team Website. Also, this week, Dr. David Geier, orthopaedic surgeon, and WBAN's Resource Team member published an informational article "Blunt trauma and sudden death in young athletes." We have now created a new segment where you can take the Online Test: Concussions called "Heads Up" Concussion in Youth Sports. On this segment we also have available "downloads" of the lessons on concussions for coaches and the .Full Story


Blunt trauma and sudden death in young athletes
By Dr. David Geier
WBAN Resource Team Member
I have written recently about deaths in youth sports related to cardiovascular events and commotio cordis. But there is another large cause of sudden death in sports that is important to discuss, and that is sports-related death due to blunt trauma.  In the July 2011 issue of Pediatrics, Matthew Thomas et al. analyzed 30 years of data from the US National Registry of Sudden Deaths in Young Athletes. They compiled statistics from athletes 21 years old and younger who participated in competitive or team sports (not intramurals) who died from blunt-force trauma in that sport. These deaths resulted from blows or sudden forces to the head, spine, or other body organs.In some ways, the study offers good news. The number of blunt trauma deaths in U.S. sports is relatively low. The average number of deaths from these causes has averaged 9 per year for the last 30 years, and that number doesn’t seem to be increasing. And these deaths were about four times less likely than deaths from cardiovascular causes.  The authors did provide some findings that coaches and parents should understand. These deaths occurred in 22 different sports, so few athletes are immune from this possibility. Football had the highest number of blunt trauma deaths, followed by track and field, baseball, boxing, and soccer. But even horseback riding, skiing... Full Story


Tony's Corner: Mits
by Tony Rumanes

I have been training now in boxing for well over 25 years, that ranged from boxing clients who wanted to get in optimum condition, to amateur and pro boxers.  As an owner of my own gym, the Old School Boxing, located in Atlanta, Georgia, I have learned throughout the years of working the mitts, that there is a definite art to holding the mitts: Communication, body language, wording of combos, distance, timing, angles, defense and speed are so relevant to the sport. A good coach will tackle all of the above. This kind of training is an essential tool for the success of a boxer. Holding the mitts can really break down a coach’s shoulder, wrist and hands, as well as the boxers. I have been lucky in the sense of being in the right place at the right time, and I believe I am using the best quality gear for the protection of a coach and his boxer.  I had visited the Wildcard gym many years ago, and I was referred to Sergio Garibay. Sergio has made mitts and body protectors for the greatest trainers of today.  As I aspire to be one of the best myself, I know that protection is an absolute importance in the sport. Training camps that can go on from six to eight weeks and can be extremely vigorous, and any and every little aid can help.
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Tony's Corner: Fitness Tip of the Month
by Tony Rumanes

1. Do not overcook your carbohydrates, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, etc.., the carbohydrate can turn from a low glycemic carb, to a high glycemic carb, which the body utilizes like sugar. This will spike your insulin levels and cause a storage of fat.  2. If you get hungry right before bed after training, try a casein shake. It will protect your muscles while you rest.  3. Eat balanced meals of protein, carbs, and fats. This will stabilize your blood sugar levels and promote fat loss, while holding on to your lean muscle tissue, which gives you a boost in your metabolism. 4. Periodization is the most effective way to train on weights. Changing the workouts just by changing the repetitions, weight and or intensity will promote great results. 5. Its ok to sensibly cheat on the weekend with food. You need to give yourself a break sometimes. Just get back on track Monday with your workouts and cardio and your metabolism will reset.  6. Try adding interval training to your workout program, your body will feed off of its own natural fatty acids, until the nutrition is replaced by food, this will burn fat all day long, especially if done in the morning. .Full Story


Nutrition Pugalistica -The Basics: Giving the body what the body needs
by Amit S.Katz

(MAY 28)
In my first installment we established that the body needs four things 1.Oxygen 2.Water 3.Fuel and 4.Minerals. I covered the difficult part of the equation, obtaining a good source of minerals. So if Water and Oxygen are the easiest part of the equation, then we are left with Fuel.  This in and of itself is a huge can of worms, because we are no longer dealing with the most basic fuel the body needs which is Glucose, but rather we are now dealing with where the source of this fuel comes from i.e. food.  Every fighters diet will vary according to their height/weight, blood type, eating habits, cultural background, physical geographical location and on and on, etc etc…  We can therefore conclude that there is no set food specific to all fighters, meaning we can not squeeze all of these varied people into one diet.  But we can establish guidelines that all athletes need, guidelines that make sense if you are trying to perform at a high athletic level and leave the food choices up to the fighter.   The food we eat can be broken down into 3 basic categories, each one yielding some type of fuel or building block and they are 1.Fats 2.Carbohydrates and 3.Proteins Making the right choices from these food sources in a way is giving the body it’s proper fuel whilst treating the body or the “Machine” if you will, as a shrine to athletic performance.   .Full Story


Latest News: WBAN Resource Team
by Sue TL Fox


 I am in the process of developing an extensive Resource Team for WBAN, where women boxers can utilize many of the resources in regards to training, boxing, health, fitness, performance training, contract, and management issues, and more.  Currently I have Fitness/Trainer Tony Rumanes on board, Multi-world champion, Ann Marie Saccurato who will do video training and performance tips (she is absolutely fantastic with her knowledge in this field); am working with getting one or two physicians on board; Lifestyles Nutritionist Amit Katz; Eddie Montalvo for management and other related questions about contracts; an attorney who specializes in contracts; Tom Moraetes who has been WBAN's "Ask the Trainer" advisor and who has been with WBAN for over 10 years, and others that I have been in contact with at this time.  I will be making an announcement soon when I have completed getting the WBAN Resource Team on board...Full Story


 

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