Volleyball Passing Drills

Passing the ball properly is the most important part of playing volleyball. Players need to pass the ball correctly and effectively. For the passes to be accurate, training and practice is the way to go. Moving sideways after passing the ball quickly is equally important. Some of the drills which are presented below include the ‘basketball passing’, ‘the pit’, ‘pipeline passing’, etc.

Pipeline Passing
This drill helps players to improve their lateral passing. To perform this drill, players are paired together. Their position should be such that they face each other. Distance between them should be 10 feet. One of the players passes the ball to his partner and quickly shuffles to the right side. Shuffling is done to touch the sideline, after which the player returns to his original position. Both players continue their activity to pass and shuffle at their respective right sides for 10 times. After 10 passes, the players should start shuffling to their left side, and complete the remaining 10 passes.

The Pit
This passing drill is used to sharpen the reflexes and improve the accuracy of their passes. In this drill, the ball has to be thrown at the player, and he has to return/pass it to the target area. Hitting or throwing the ball towards the player should be done in the same speed and manner as that of a real match. It gives a nice passing practice to the player, and as mentioned above, improves accuracy.

Basketball Passing
This drill is named as ‘basketball passing’ due to the fact that players who receive the serves have to pass the ball into baskets/targets. To perform this drill, a single server and 3 passers are needed. As the server serves the ball to one of the 3 players, they have to return/pass it to the assigned target. The server should start off with easy-to-receive-passes/hits, and gradually increase the speed of his serves. There are chances that the activity of just serving and passing may turn a bit boring. So, to make the drill interesting, one can think of introducing a point system. Points should be awarded to the servers or passers, depending on the rate of success of passing the ball to the basket. This way, the players get more involved in the game, and their drive to play a hard game increases.

Pass and Weave
In this drill, players have to receive the ball, pass it, and move ahead. Players move from their left to the right, and finally to the original position. The first player has to receive the ball passes it to the target and shuffles (weave around the ball) to the right. As the player moves to the next position, he receives another ball; while returning it with a pass, the player has to shuffle behind the ball. In the last step, the player should pass/return the ball to the given target, and shuffle in front of the ball. He has to then sprint back to the original position.

Pass and Move
Here, the passer gets a good practice of passing the ball and moving sideways. There are 3 tossers and one passer who participate in this drill. The passer should be positioned in a place that is right in front of the first tosser. As the first one tosses the ball, the player should pass it and then sprint towards the tosser. After touching the foot of first tosser, the passer should retreat backwards diagonally; he thus reaches a position which is in front of the second tosser. The second tosser tosses the ball which the passer returns and sprints towards him. The passer then attains the ready position behind both the tossers. He once again receives a toss from the first tosser and gets back to the original position.

Volleyball Rotations

Introduction of the rotation system in volleyball has made the sport faster and more interesting. Going by the basics of this system, each player has to play from each of the positions on the court at some or the other point during the game. Volleyball positions can be grouped into two categories: player positions, such as middle back and left front, and specialist positions, such as setter and blocker.

Volleyball Positions

The 6 players in each volleyball team are divided into two rows of 3 players each. The front row consists of the left front, middle front, and right front, while the back row consists of the left back, middle back, and right back. Besides these, there are some specialist positions, which are taken by players specializing in a particular aspect of the game. According to the new rules, the players have to start form their respective court positions, however, they can move to their specialist position upon completion of the serve. In volleyball, rotation is basically in the clockwise direction, wherein each player moves to the next spot every time the team wins a serve. Every player, except the libero, is supposed to rotate and play on each court position during the game.

Basic Volleyball Rotations

Basically, the team can start the game with players in any position, however, they need to ensure that the positions are maintained as the game progresses. This means that a particular player will remain in the same position corresponding to the other players, on his either side, throughout the game. The players have to execute rotation each time they break the opponent’s serve.

The rotation will be executed by each player in the front row moving one spot towards his right, and each player in the back row moving one spot towards his left. For instance, the player at the left front position will move to the middle front position, and the player in the left back position will move to the left front position. The same thing will be carried out by other players, each moving to the next spot. This will also ensure that the ball will always be served by the player in the right back position. One case of exception in to this rule is the libero, who doesn’t have to be an active part of the team rotation. The libero continues being in the back row with the primary responsibility of digging and supplying the ball.

Player Positions on Court
LF → MF → RF
↑ ↓
LB ← MB ← RB

Player Positions When the Game Begins
P1 → P2 → P3
↑ ↓
P6 ← P5 ← P4

Rotation after First Serve Break
P6 → P1 → P2
↑ ↓
P5 ← P4 ← P3

Rotation after Second Serve Break
P5 → P6 → P1
↑ ↓
P4 ← P3 ← P2

Subsequent Rotations in Same Clockwise Format

Though it is compulsory for the players to switch to their respective positions before the ball is served, they can move to their specialist positions as soon as the serve is executed. Ideally, rotation is executed in such a manner that a specialist setter, outside hitter, and a middle blocker are in the front row of the court at any point of time in the game. For this, the teams may either opt for a 6 – 2 formation, wherein two specialist setters set the ball―one for each row, or 5 – 1 formation, wherein a single setter sets the ball by moving over to his specialist position on the court after the serve is executed.

Foul: Overlapping

If the player is standing in the wrong position, or if players switch position before the ball is served, then it will be considered ‘overlap’, which will earn a point for the opposition. The best method to avoid the confusion is to mark the fellow player standing right opposite to your position. In the above diagram, player 1 and player 4 will be always standing opposite to each other. If player 1 is the middle front position, player 4 will be the middle back, and if player 1 will be in the left front position, player 4 will be the right back. Following this method will ensure that the players are not caught overlapping each others position. Other than this, each player can keep a track of the two players on his either side.

It is important to understand the basics of volleyball in order to master the game. Though the rules on rotation may make it seem a bit complicated initially, practicing the formations will help you master them with immense ease.

How to Serve in Volleyball

Volleyball is a team sport, and the aim of this game is to ground the ball in the opponent’s court. Just like in tennis, in volleyball too the way a serve is delivered can turn the fortunes of a team. There are two ways in which you can serve in this game. One is the underhand method and the other is the overhand way.

Serving Underhand

  • Start with putting either your left foot or right foot forward. Bend your knees slightly.
  • Place the palm of your left hand under the ball, holding it in front of you.
  • Meanwhile, keep your right hand open and not in a fist.
  • Now drop your right hand as it would be normally and follow it by getting it back slightly beyond your hips.
  • The real thing comes next. Swing your arm forward, it should be under the ball. The mantra is to hit the ball using the heel of your hand, not the palm.
  • Step into the swing with either of the foot, but avoid stepping over the line while doing this.
  • After making contact with the ball, let the swing of your arm continue, that will be your follow-through.
  • Finally, bring your right hand over your left shoulder.

Serving Overhand

  • Place your left foot ahead of your right foot, and the distance between your feet should be one shoulder-width.
  • Align your shoulder and hips with the net.
  • Without bending your arms, place them straight in front.
  • The bottom of the ball has to be held with the palm of your left hand, and the top with your right palm. Remember that the elbows and arms should not be in contact with any other part of the body.
  • Raise you serving arm, in this case the right arm, next to your head. Your elbow should point upwards.
    The next thing you have to do is toss the ball in the air using the palm of your left hand. You are not supposed to use four fingers.
  • The ball should go about 2 to 3 feet in the air. Once it is mid air, with your left foot, step forward.
  • After you step forward, hit the bottom of the ball with your right palm, with a straight wrist and stiff hand.
  • The ball should be hit at the highest point, after you throw it in the air.
  • It is better not to hit the ball on its way down. For that, take care that you do not throw the ball too high!
  • Once you strike the ball, run back to your position on the court.
  • Remember these 4 words―toss, step, hit, and follow-through, to serve a volleyball overhand.

This might seem easy to read, but there is a fair chance that if you are just starting off, you may not be able to get it right immediately. There is no need to be disappointed. Remember, practice makes a man perfect.

Volleyball Terms

This guide will give you an elemental run down of the most commonly used and basic terms and definitions in volleyball. Any individual who wants to learn the sport or regularly watches it must be aware of these terms. The knowledge of these terms and rules will aid the person in understanding the game better and enjoying it at a higher level. Not knowing the meanings to these basic terms and definitions can confuse a person entirely, and it can utterly ruin the activity of watching a game of volleyball. This knowledge takes up even more importance for a person who is actually playing the game.

Guide of Basic Volleyball Terms

This is an alphabetical list, and it covers the basic terms that will come in handy at some point or the other during a volleyball match.

ACE: A serve that no player of the opposition team touches before it hits the ground. It results in a point for the server.

ASSIST: Setting the ball up for a teammate who attacks the ball and then scores a point. An assist is counted only if the very next shot results in a point.

ATTACK: The act of actually approaching the volleyball and hitting it, in order to gain a point.

ATTACKER: The person who attacks the ball. Also known as the HITTER or the SPIKER.

ATTACK LINE: Also known as the ’10 foot line’, it is 3 meters away from the net and is present on both sides of the court.

BACK ROW ATTACK: A move where a player behind the attack line hits the ball. At the moment when he jumps to hit the ball he must be behind the attack line.

BLOCK: An action where a spiker’s move is deflected back into his court by blocking the ball.

BALL HANDLING ERROR: The referee may call this error, if he notices that there has been a double hit, or a ball is thrown or lifted.

BUMP PASS: The action of clasping one’s fingers together and using the forearms to hit pass the ball to a teammate or over the net.

CENTER LINE: The line under the net that divides the entire court into 2 equal parts.

DECOY: A move in which the actual spiker of the ball is disguised. This takes the opposing team by surprise.

DIG: The act of reaching a ball spiked by the opponents and passing it to a teammate.

DOUBLE HIT: An illegal move that implies that the same player has touched the ball twice in succession.

FLOATER: A serve that has often been mis-hit and its direction cannot be predicted as there is no spin or rotation on the ball.

FOUL: Any illegal violation of the rules.

HIT: Act of jumping up and forcefully ‘spiking’ or hitting the ball to the opposing court.

JUMP SERVE: A method of service where the ball is flung in the air and the server jumps to strike it.

KILL: A move or a strike that results in the gaining of a point.

MINTONETTE: This is what volleyball was officially known as earlier. The name was created by William Morgan.

READY POSITION: The position and stance that any player takes just before hitting the ball.

RED CARD: A disqualification by the referee. This implies that either a player must leave the game, the team forfeits a point, or a team forfeits a serve.

ROTATION: After a server has made his serve, all the players rotate in a clockwise movement.

SERVE: The game starts when one player serves the ball from the end line of his side of the court, into the opposing teams half.

SERVICE ERROR: A wrong service. This occurs when the service hits the net, or does not cross the net, or the ball falls out-of-bounds or the server’s foot crosses the line while serving.

SETTER: The person who has the crucial second touch of the ball. The third touch will be by a spiker, and the setter must set up the ball in a nice way for the spiker. He is one of the most important offensive players in a volleyball team.

SIDE OUT: A situation where the receiving team wins the right to serve. This occurs either because they have won a point, or because the serving team committed an error.

YELLOW CARD: A warning issued to any player. This does not accompany a loss

This guide is applicable for the game of volleyball played at any level. Knowing these terms can be a major help to any individual, who is a beginner in the game, and also any person who has been playing the sport for many many years.

Beach Volleyball Rules

Beach volleyball originated in South California, and now it is an Olympics team event. Presently, this game is popular all over the world, and even in landlocked countries like Switzerland.

Basics of Volleyball
Before we get to the rules, it is important that one knows the basics of volleyball, like the court measurement, etc. A beach volley ball court measures 26.25 feet by 52.5 feet. The game is played with two players on each side, but recreational games are played with 6 players on each side. Points are scored by making the ball touch the ground in the opponent’s side of the court, much like tennis. The game is played in sets of three―the first team to win two sets wins the match. A set is won after reaching the score of 21 (with a minimum difference of 2 points), and the third set is played only till 15 points, since it is like a tie breaker.

Terminology Used
If on a serve, no one from the opposing team touches the ball, then it is called an ‘Ace’. If the ball goes to the opposing team as a result of a fault, then it is known as a ‘Sideout’. A ‘Roof’ is when a player jumps over the height of the net to block the ball. A ‘Stuff’ is when a roof happens, and the ball goes back to the player who spiked the ball. When a player makes a save from a difficult attack, then it is known as a ‘Dig’. A ‘Kill” is made when a spike ends in a point or a side out.

Rules and Regulations
Here are the basic rules of the game.

  • As far as beach volleyball is concerned, players can reach under the net to score as long as they don’t hamper the opposing team’s play.
  • The ball can only be served from in front of the end line after contact had been made.
  • This serve must be over-handed or under-handed. A soft dink is not allowed.
  • The scores are monitored whenever the ball is dropped. A maximum of three hits are allowed per side.
  • It is okay if the ball grazes the net on a serve, and also if the ball lands on the boundary line.
  • A player is not supposed to attack or block a serve.
  • Only the front row player can switch positions, that too after a serve.
  • Touching the net while the ball is in play is a foul.

Indoor Beach Volleyball Rules
Beach volleyball and indoor beach volleyball are almost similar, but the two have some differences.

  • In indoor beach volleyball, the players can’t reach across the net to play the ball, unlike beach volleyball.
  • The side that serves first, must do so from behind the end line.
  • A point is also scored if the opposing team touches the net.
  • If two players hit the ball at the same time, they can’t hit it again in succession.
  • Taking more than 8 seconds to serve is also a fault.
  • A player can only serve the ball once.
  • A player cannot make two consecutive hits.
  • In a coed game, males and females must be positioned alternatively.
  • A block is not included as one of the three hits. Only if both the hands are used will it be called a block.
  • Points are only scored on each teams individual serve.

So these were some basic volleyball rules. You must have noticed that the rules are very similar with a few exceptions. Enjoy your summer and get that awesome tan!

Volleyball Drills for Beginners

A game of volleyball, in whatever form, is a good exercise. If you are new to the game, good drills may help you in learning effective techniques in a short time. If you are an old timer, then beginner level drills can help in shaping up or replacing bad techniques with the good ones.

Toss and Pass

To practice these training exercises you will need a buddy, who is willing and interested to play with you. These simple workouts will go a long way to help build your self-confidence. You start off by tossing a ball to your buddy. After dealing with a preset number (10 per head, maybe) of tosses, your buddy tosses the ball to you. When both of you are proficient in passing the tossed ball, it is time to pass the ball back and forth. This will make the training fast, interesting, and competitive.

Wall Hitting

You can practice, even when you are alone. What you need is a ball, a wall, and willingness to apply your skills. Choose a spot on the wall to hit and try to hit the spot when tossing the ball. Instead of many hasty trials, concentrate on achieving accuracy by employing proper arm swing techniques, whilst hitting the tossed ball.

This is how you do it: Toss the ball, take a step and try to hit the spot on the wall. Deal yourself a set of 10 tosses and the next set for your buddy, just for the sake of competition. You can vary your style by tossing the ball, raising your arms, and angling the ball to hit the ground. Be prepared to play your next shot, when the ball bounces off the ground and comes seeking you.

Wall Block

Blocking is as important as hitting the ball. Therefore, learning the block is of utmost importance. Position yourself in front of a wall. Adopt the proper blocking position and jump as high as you can to touch the wall. The purpose is to touch the wall, i.e., to imitate you have executed a block, as high as you can, whilst following the proper blocking technique. It is important to land on the floor in the proper position, so that you are ready to follow with the next block, if needed. When perfected, it hones your defensive skills to a great extent.

Ball in Play

The following will help you to keep the ball in play for a long time. Here’s how to do it. Ask your buddy to stand on the other side of the net. Toss the ball and start passing it to each other. If you cannot get to the ball in time, bump it for yourself and then set it across the net. Does it feel like a duel? Yes, it does. The aim is to hone your skills in sending the ball to the other side of the net with accuracy.

Serving the Ball

You and your buddy should stand on the baselines of the court, across the net, and facing each other. The idea is to serve the ball to each other. Initially, you can start serving from inside the baseline, which will bring you close to net. As both of you get comfortable in serving to the other side of the net, start moving to the baseline. After that, start serving from behind the baseline with the other player occupying different spots on the court.

Many people know about the game but very few take the pains to learn it. The aforementioned drills are easy to follow and are a must to perfect your skills. Their basic purpose is to synchronize your hand-eye-and-body coordination and enhance your skills to place the volleyball at the selected spot.

Volleyball Positions on the Court

Quite a popular game, the objective of volleyball is the grounding of a ball from one team on other team’s court. There must be quite a few instances, where you may have heard words, like setter, libero, and so on. For the players, this is an everyday affair. They hear these words in and out, and are expected to be proficient about the game – regarding positions, player duties, court dimensions, etc. A layman, however, is not aware of the game’s jargon, positions, and rules. If you wish to understand a game of volleyball with intricacy, the article below will provide you some information about the different volleyball positions on the court.

Volleyball Positions – Players
Player positions

Setter

A setter is one who sets the game off and a team’s attack. It is akin to what a quarterback does in American Football. An offense of a team is unleashed by a setter.

Outside Hitter

An outside hitter attacks close to the position of the left antenna. The most consist of the lot, he gains maximum number of sets for a team.

Middle Hitter

Those attacks that made close to the setter and are very fast are done by a middle hitter. Typically, these attacks take place close to the setter. They are experts in blocking and attempt equally strong attacking shots from the opponents.

Libero

This player holds the fort for the defense and takes the responsibility of the serve and attack. They normally have the best passing skills and quickest reaction time.

Opposite Hitter

An opposite hitter takes the burden off the defense for a team and is stationed in the first row. Their main job is to put up a strong block to nullify the opponent team’s outside hitters. They can also double up as backup setters. This is one of the very important positions.

Volleyball positions and numbers, basically depend on the kind of formation a team has. The most common formation for a volley ball team is a 6-2 formation. In such a formation, there are two setters, and all the 6 players can act as attackers at different phases of the game. These formations keep changing and players are rotated.

Volleyball Positions – Court
Court positions

Right Back

This is the primary position for a team on a court. A setter normally serves from this spot. This player is in rotation in the back court on the right side. During a rotation, a player getting in the right back position gets to serve.

Right Front

To describe in simple terms, the player who stands right in front of the Right back is the right front. So, basically, a player in this position is close to the net dividing the court, on the right hand side.

Middle Front

This player is at the net, in the center and is a rotation position. As the name suggests, this player is in the middle of the court, from a team’s playing area.

Left Front

This is the attack position and as the name goes, on the left side of the court. The player who is in left front is more often than not an outside hitter. In case there is a rotation, sometimes right side hitter or opposite hitter plays in that position.

Left Back

This is the spot at the left end corner of a team’s playing area. Liberos play in this position. If there is a rotation, the middle blockers play alternatively in this position, after his or her serve. Post-serve, the libero chips in for the middle blocker.

Middle Back

Normally, what happens is a middle hitter starts the game on this position in the line up. But then, he is substituted by a libero, who is a specialist ‘back bencher’ preceding the first serve. Sometimes, even outside hitters can play in middle back position, which gives them a chance to attack well.

Finally, it is all about skill, agility, and quick reflexes, which wins team a game. A collective effort is what is the key to the success of a volleyball team, just like Earvin Johnson, aka Magic Johnson said, “Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.”

Shadow Boxing Tips

When you talk about boxing, it is difficult to have a conversation without mentioning the legends of this sport, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson, and Rocky Graziano. Their dedication, intense passion, unique skills, and years of hard work and sweat brought them the fame they deserve. With hours, days, months, and years of practice, many young boxers and future hopefuls wish to become like them, and hope for one day they can earn the same respect these legends hold today. However, you can’t just start punching speed bags or punching bags and call yourself a boxer. Your passion for boxing comes from within and it has to transform into the way you accept it into you. By following proper boxing techniques, you can become a powerful boxer.

There are various tips and techniques used in boxing. Shadow boxing is one of them. Students of boxing, and even professional boxers, are taught how to shadow box so that they can apply this exercise into the sport. In the following article, we will be taking a closer look at what this style of boxing is and also go over some important tips.

What is Shadow Boxing?

Technically speaking, this type of boxing is a workout that boxers use to prepare their muscles for training. During this technique, no punching bags or any other equipment is used. You have to deliver punches in front of you and think that someone is standing there (this should explain the reason behind the name). You can stand in front of a mirror or in middle of the ring to start boxing yourself.

When you punch in front of you, since there isn’t any bag that determines how much force you’ve used, the workout becomes that much more interesting and important. You have maneuver your body in such a way that it looks like there is someone present and you are actually punching a person and/or trying avoid taking their blows. In order to know what it looks like, picture Muhammad Ali in the ring, throwing punches in the air, practicing his routine. After understanding what this workout is all about, let’s look at some boxing tips which you can follow in order to apply them in boxing.

Tips for Shadow Boxing

Learning and practicing the technique doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be a professional boxer or are looking towards being one. As an exercise routine, you can learn to make yourself more agile and light on your feet.

■ It helps to condition your body and provide the much-needed strength for boxing. You need to learn how have a proper stance during this workout so that you can transfer your energy to improving the power in your punches, being swift and light on your feet, and develop your skills in the sport.

■ Keep a check on your breathing pattern as it affects how you deliver your punches and move about the ring. Many times, some people forget to breathe out after taking a breath. Keeping your breath in and then throwing the punches is wrong and can hold you back.

■ Boxing has everything to do with your core muscles. If you core muscles are weak, you won’t be able to have a firm hold over your legs to move about the ring. Your every move, punch, slide, everything depends on your core muscles. So keep working to build your abdominal muscles and make them strong.

■ Learning just one routine during practice (moving in the same direction, following one rhythm) is not advisable. You should keep changing your routine so that you don’t become predictable and your opponent is left wondering what your next move will be.

■ The most important tip is, every time you throw a punch, or are maneuvering around the ring, always have an image of someone standing in front of you. Picturing an opponent will help you focus and concentrate. You won’t throw punches for the heck of it and will be able to understand how boxing works.

When you learn, understand, and practice the techniques, you can be sure to time your punches and improve yourself as a boxer. Similar to following particular drills in any given sport, shadow boxing is considered as a drill for boxing. While practicing, remember the tips mentioned in this article. Also, if you have a coach or trainer who is teaching you boxing, or how to shadow box, listen to their advice and look for guidance.

Best Boxing Gloves

I wonder how did Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and the like choose their boxing equipment. I guess some of the credit of their success goes to their boxing equipment, especially those legendary gloves. Without top-notch gloves their task would have been a little more difficult! So, here is how you choose the best gloves for yourself, if you are into boxing.

Choosing the Best Boxing Gloves

It is not as easy as you think to get the perfect pair of gloves. An individual cannot just walk in a sports shop and ask for a pair of gloves. A serious thought has to be put in for picking the best gloves.

Pick of the Picks
One of the wisest things to do for buying good gloves for boxing is to consult your trainer or instructor. As I described, just because a pair of Everlast gloves looks good, you cannot buy them, or buying gloves just because they are cheap, in a sports shop is a big no no. Speak to your instructor, decide the usage level of your gloves and then buy them.

Sporting Which Sport
What kind of sports or activity you are in is a major determinant of what type of gloves will be the best for you. For instance, if you practice cardio kickboxing in the gym, it will be advisable to choose a thicker glove with more padding. On the contrary, if you might have noticed, that a professional will most often than not have a lighter glove, easiest to make a fist. For someone who is training to hit the ring, again a heavier glove will be a good option. Likewise, if you are into Muay Thai, or just punching the speed bag, or sparring, your glove specifications for those boxing workouts will be different.

Size and Weight Matters
More than size, in boxing the weight of the glove matters. For example, 8 oz and 10 oz are common for competitive boxers, who hit the punching bag or heavy bag regularly, while women and kids, who have comparatively smaller hands, can have 12 oz gloves. They will be the best for them, when it comes to size. Along with this, 16 oz is the common weight of gloves for people of all sizes who are training. Typically, 12 oz is small, 14 oz is medium and 16 is large. Another important thing about size is that usually, gloves stretch to fit your hand better, with frequent use. So it is highly likely that even the best gloves will not fit you properly when they are brand new. For this reason, a good idea is to buy a pair which fits slightly tighter and never ever buy gloves without trying them with your hands wrapped.

Best Brands for Boxing Gloves

Gloves from renowned brands come with a guarantee. Some of the most prominent brands are Everlast, Ringside, Cleto Reyes, Revgear, Lonsdale, Grant and a few others. Everlast pro style training gloves are top-notch and so are Cleto Reyes Official Pro-fight Gloves. You can get a wide array of choices when you buy from these brands.

A final consideration while picking boxing gloves is whether they are going to be of leather or vinyl. Leather will be a better option, as it lasts longer. Although now you can get good vinyl gloves too. Rather than velcro, gloves with laces are preferable. That’s it! All the best!

Best Boxing Fights Ever

Boxing, a game with a name that will bring an adrenal rush to your body. The knockout punches that brought about unexpected wins, the shortest time taken to knock an opponent to the ground, a fight between an opponent with the most number of world tiles opposite an underdog, are all markings of a great boxing bout. Let’s have a look at the best fights of all time, and remember some of the glorious matches of boxing.

Top 10 Boxing Bouts in History

George Foreman vs Ron Lyle
This was a war between two heavy hitters. It was George Foreman’s first fight in 15 months. In his last match, he had lost to the almighty Muhammad Ali in ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’. This face-off between Foreman and Lyle was termed as the ‘Fight of the Year’ by Ring Magazine. It was won by Foreman, who continued to pick himself up after receiving multiple blows himself. This is truly one of the best boxing matches ever, where Foreman put in his best effort ever.

Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman
Muhammad Ali and George Foremen were both legends in their own rights. Just the very mention of this bout makes one remember this as the biggest upsets ever. Foreman was known to annihilate every heavyweight champion who dared to stand opposite him. The verdict of the match was thought to be very predictable, as everyone assumed Ali didn’t stand a chance. However, in the seventh round, Ali threw a heavy stunner. Foreman was knocked out of the game, and Ali won. This was just one of the many accomplishments of Muhammad Ali.

Thomas Hearn vs Marvin Hagler
Think what you may, but this definitely is one of the best boxing matches ever fought in history. It was fought in the ‘golden eighties’. Thomas Hearns was a devastating boxer, who brushed off anyone who dared to step up opposite him in the ring. Hagler was known to start slow, but in this match, he came up aggressively against Hearn. The fight looked as if the two thought they had just three rounds to complete the fight. In the second round, Hearns hit Hagler with a power punch, and Hagler too had his share of punches on his opponent. By the third round, there was nonstop action, that lead to a knockout punch. Hagler won the fight and earned himself a name worldwide.

Arturo Gatti vs Micky Ward I
This fight earned the title of the ‘Fight of The Year’ by Ring Magazine. The ‘Irish’ Micky Ward and Arturo ‘Thunder’ Gatti fought one of the best boxing fight in history. Ward secured a point’s win over Gatti in the ninth round, after a ferocious and bloody fight.

Jose Luis Castillo vs Diego Corrales
Fought in May 2005, it had all the ingredients that made it known as the match of the decade. This fight saw a shower of battering blows, underhand tactics, etc. Knocked down twice during the game, Corrales bought additional recovery time by spitting out his mouth guard. Finally, he gave out a ‘perfect’ right hand (in his words), and was declared victorious over Castillo.

Buster Douglas vs Mike Tyson
This one proved to be the greatest upsets in Mike Tyson’s boxing career. He was termed invincible, and his loss to James ‘Buster’ Douglas shattered this image.

Marvin Hagler vs Vito Antuofermo
This is one of the rare fights that was good but ended in controversy. This fight was declared a draw, even though many felt Hagler had won the fight.

Sugar Ray Robinson vs Carmen Basilio II
This event was a 15-round match, where the fading boxing star Sugar Ray managed to win against the formidable Basilio II on points.

Julio Cesar Chavez vs Meldrick Taylor I
This match was fought over 12 full rounds. Chavez was behind by one point. However, the tables were turned with just two seconds left on the clock. Chavez won the match, leaving everyone in the arena truly astonished.

Erik Morales vs Marco Antonio Barrera I
These slender bodied Mexicans delivered a heavyweight performance in the ring. The entire fight was more than perfect, with round eight becoming one of the most memorable boxing rounds ever. The fight was divided into two sequels by public demand. The first was won by Morales, and the rematch was won by Barrera through a unanimous outcome. The final and third fight took place at Super Featherweight. This was won by Barrera through a majority decision.

Other Memorable Bouts

  • Jonny Reagan v Jack Dempsey, 1887
  • Sugar Ray Leonard v Thomas Hearns, 1981
  • Bobby Chacon v Rafael Limon, 1982
  • Bartley Gorman vs Mexicana Webb, 1980
  • Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III, 1975
  • Jack Dempsey vs. Luis Angel Firpo, 1923
  • Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn, 1941
  • Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson, 1997
  • Rocky Marciano vs Jersey Joe Walcott, 1952

I can go on and on enlisting some of the best fights that have taken place. One can continue to name some of the greats, like John L. Sullivan, Randolph Turpin, Floyd Patterson, David Diaz, Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and remember all the best boxing matches fought by them.