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Updates on Covent Garden Training

Covent Garden Boxing Clinic sessions Tuesday & Thursday mornings are back on track at the Oasis Gym Endell street 7:30am to 8:30am all

Covent Garden members welcome. click for more details.

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Attention Covent Garden Boxers

Dear all,

If you did not receive a group email in the last 24 hrs about Covent Garden boxing sessions, please email before tomorrow morning (Thursday Nov 1)

Thanks for your help,  Healthy regards


50 Shades of Gra’.

Yes, I thought that might grab your attention.  This post is not about the book, or any reference to its ‘sort’ of contents…it is about wet t-shirts but those you get from training hard in the gym.  Sorry to disappoint but c’mon stick with me on this.

For me, at the end of a work out my t-shirt is an indicator for how hard I’ve trained – an intense work out is not everyone’s cuppa but I’m guessing it is what the old faces and some of the new ones enjoy Read the rest of this entry »

Women’s MMA. By An absolute beginner.

I like to get punchy with my fists and to deliver a good kicking doesn’t feel too shabby either.I’m not a fighter but I do like the intensity of training like one.I like the power you can release with stand up combat sports and I love the intensity of a 3 min round – after a good boxing or Thai session I feel completely rung out and that always feels good.I’ve been boxing for around 5 years now.  There’s no real reason why I’ve never Read the rest of this entry »

Khan promises a knockout

Danny Garcia’s father stole the show as the WBC light-welterweight champion came face to face with Amir Khan ahead of Saturday’s unification fight in Las Vegas.

Angel Garcia lived up to his eccentric reputation as he gave a heated and at times unsavoury speech at the pre-fight press conference.

When it was Khan’s turn to speak, he held up his Read the rest of this entry »

WBA title returned to Khan

Amir Khan has been reinstated as WBA light-welterweight ‘super’ champion by the governing body ahead of his fight with Danny Garcia.

The Bolton boxer lost his WBA and IBF belts in a hotly-disputed points defeat to American Lamont Peterson in Washington last December.

Khan, who was twice docked points for pushing during the Read the rest of this entry »

Bute must wait for Froch rematch

Carl Froch will defend his IBF super-middleweight title against an as yet unknown opponent in the UK in November before taking a rematch with Lucian Bute next March in Montreal.

Froch bounced back from his defeat to Andre Ward in the Super Six tournament final by sensationally stopping Bute in the fifth round of their contest at the Nottingham Arena in May.

But the 32-year-old, who fell to his first loss as a Read the rest of this entry »

Mitchell gets Burns title shot

Ricky Burns will defend his WBO lightweight title against Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow on September 22.

A fight that has been in the making for several months, Burns v Mitchell is a domestic clash that will have British fans excited. A venue for the fight has yet to be decided.

Popular Scot Burns vacated his super-featherweight title before stepping up to Read the rest of this entry »

WBC uphold Chisora ban

The World Boxing Council has upheld their indefinite ban of Dereck Chisora following a meeting of the organisation’s Supreme Board of Governors in Mexico City.

After his infamous February brawl with David Haye in Munich, the WBC announced that they would not allow Chisora to fight again under their jurisdiction until he had completed anger management classes.

And they have now reiterated their stance in a statement which further Read the rest of this entry »

Pacquiao to get Bradley rematch

Manny Pacquiao looks set to face Timothy Bradley for a second time after five independent judges ruled the Filipino should have won their original bout earlier this month.

Bradley was awarded a controversial split decision following the WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on June 10, with Bob Arum, the promoter of both fighters, left stunned by the result.

Judges Duane Ford and CJ Ross both scored the Read the rest of this entry »

Price set to cash-in Stateside

British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price will have his first fight in America next month.

Price, the first Liverpudlian to win the British heavyweight title, will fight in Atlantic City on July 27 after revealing the news on his Twitter account.

Price, who will turn 29 between now and the fight, made a big statement when Read the rest of this entry »

Haye-Chisora: British boxing board condemns Upton Park fight

The British Boxing Board of Control has condemned the proposed fight between David Haye and Dereck Chisora and threatened to remove the licence of anyone involved.

Haye and Chisora are set to meet on 14 July in a fight sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.

The BBBoC said: “Those behind this proposal are not Read the rest of this entry »

Poster Boy Jake Hecht.

Turn on…Tune in.

Jake has a swagger.  The kind of swagger that wouldn’t be out of place next to Clint Eastwood in one of his early movies.  Thankfully, he’s not famous for those deafening awkward silences; he’s engaging and articulate.  In fact, if I had my own radio show I would want Jake as a guest – not because he has a good Read the rest of this entry »

Silent but Deadly

That’s Rhiannon “The Mini Beast” Coleman.

The club’s focus this weekend belongs to one Clinic member and that is Rhiannon Coleman, our first and currently only female MMA fighter. She heads down to Portsmouth with her coach Paul Hines and a convoy of keen supporters to embark on her first Read the rest of this entry »

John Tandy – Part 2

Every Day’s a School Day.

Every single shot is countered with feedback – that’s a training session with John Tandy. There’s a real buzz at the prospect of being coached by him and so I thought I would turn up to see the man in action – not quite brave enough to book a 1-2-1, I just sat on the edge of the ring with the rest of the hopefuls to watch the magic happen. Read the rest of this entry »

John Tandy – Part 1. – Don’t Give Up on the Second Jab.

John Tandy is a disarming character.

To me his eyes say way more than what comes from his mouth but it was his email in reply to my many questions that made me do a double take. In a world where the language is from the gutter and the stench of the gym closer to the sewer it was refreshing to hear someone speak so passionately Read the rest of this entry »


People seem to hate it when you refer to them as nice – I guess to many it might seem a bit of a pedestrian description. But, what label do you give to someone that is decent, generous, focussed, fun, not afraid to look stupid (he likes silly dancing) and is the ultimate team player – well nice sort of sums this guy up. But don’t be fooled – when competing he leaves nice in the locker room, he takes no prisoners!

I’m talking about Pat Vickers – if you train at the Angel gym you will have almost certainly done a class with him as he boxes, he kicks, he grapples, he’s an all round cardio bunny and Read the rest of this entry »


26 Days to go until Cage Warriors 40

I’ve watched the advanced MMA squad training for some time now and I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re a breed apart and that coach, Paul Hines is a mean  ‘turd.

At first I thought he’d gone a little soft, it all looked a bit tame – 10 of this and 10 of that, I could have sworn I even heard him say “please”. Read the rest of this entry »

11 Myths of Warrior Training

by Martin Rooney and Bryan Krahn

Martin Rooney wants to change how you think about mixed martial arts (MMA) training.
Considered to be the pioneer of physical training for MMA, Martin has 13 years’ experience getting fighters ready for action. He’s trained and cornered hundreds of fighters, including several UFC champions. Read the rest of this entry »



So the Pope has been and gone with much talk of whether there’s religion on this little Isle.  Well I’ve seen the light and now everything is clear – we have religion and it’s MMA.  After months of watching our MMA boys prepare for their fights I realise that this is their religion and that I am a member of their congregation.

Each day they head to their church (the gym) and worship at the alter that is the cage.  Like all religions this is not a Read the rest of this entry »

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