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
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.
I have three pair of mitts made by Sergio. I call one pair my "Heavy
Hitter" mitts in the color red for my heavyweights, and two pair of precision
mitts in black and blue for my lighter guys and girls for speed and accuracy.
I believe it gives me and the boxer’s longevity in the sport and with fewer
injuries. Also, the body protector that Sergio made me really makes you feel a
good shot, so you know your guy is punching with power.
Sergio told me, “the mitts are built with special padding; it’s like
shocks in a car. When you hit the mitt with acceleration, air shoots out of the
mitt to absorb the blow. I have attached pictures of my gear, as
well as gear made for the many others greats. Trainers like Freddie
Roach, Floyd Mayweather Sr, Naseem Richardson, Pepper roach.
Also, Prize fighters like Lucia Rijker, Sugar Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather
Jr., and Oscar de la Hoya."
Sergio added, "Every piece of equipment is
made specifically for the person that is going to be using it." [Check
out the below slideshow to see this fantastic individualized equipment]
Sergio began making this gear back in 1990, and he has made the gear for
hundreds of trainers and fighters to date.
His custom made gear is awesome! I can say that every dime I have spent is
well-worth the money. If you are ever interested in stepping up your
game in training, you can contact Sergio Garibay at (323)422-5104 or
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