Watch Fellow Champion Member Alex Marin in a Fight!

Alexandru Marin, a professional boxer who trains daily at Champion Boxing & Fitness, will be fighting at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia on November 4, 2017.

We want to go support and watch Alex in the championship boxing match so we are looking to set up a carpool for Champion members. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $75 for VIP tickets. All tables and table seats have already been sold out!!

If you are interested contact or speak with Andy Phelps or Coach Bruce about it.

Good luck to Alex! Champion Boxing & Fitness is rooting for you!

Can Dancing Boost Your Boxing Skills?

When Juan Manuel Marquez was training for his fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2011, he enlisted the help of a ballet instructor to help him strengthen his legs and improve his footwork. Timing, balance, and footwork are all essential facets of boxing and could mean the difference between winning or losing a fight. Boxers tend to spend hours skipping rope and running through a variety of drills to improve their footwork, which is one of the hardest boxing skills to develop as there are no real shortcuts to it.

While traditional footwork exercises may feel cumbersome after a while, dancing could very well be holding the key to the exact training boxers are desperately seeking. Many forms of martial arts have been compared to dancing in some form with Capoeira even having some dance moves included in it.  

How can dancing benefit boxers?

Dance styles such as ballet and ballroom dancing can boost the value of any exercise program by teaching boxers technical dance steps, balance, and rhythm. These newly acquired skills will not only help improve footwork but hip movement as well. Dancing is also invaluable as a cardio workout, especially when engaging in styles such as tap and hip-hop. Coupled with a fat shedding diet, dancing can have a significant impact on a boxer’s physique. Ballet, on the other hand, can teach boxers improved self-control, flexibility and improved balance.

Dancing not only benefits your body, it benefits your mind as well. By increasing serotonin levels your mood will be enhanced, making you feel happier and more confident, both of which will improve your performance in the ring.

Some types of dances require fast decision making as you change positions which will be beneficial to both a boxer’s mind and feet while fighting. This can be especially of benefit to boxers who take a lot of hits to the head.

Why aren’t more boxers dancing?

The answer to this question is more than likely two-fold. A lot of men steer clear from dancing because they do not think it befits their masculinity. Boxing is the epitome of manliness and somehow sweating it out in a ballet studio simply does not carry the same appeal as doing shadow-punching in a gym. The second reason dancing has not become inclusive in the training programs may be due to the fact that most boxers have simply never given it any thought. The fact that renowned boxers such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Laila Ali and Floyd Mayweather have all participated on the hit TV show ‘Dancing With The Stars’ should have hinted that boxing and dancing do complement each other, whether you consciously acknowledge it or not.

Apart from the physical benefits dancing can hold for boxers, it can also benefit them psychologically as it is a great stress and anxiety reliever. Taking all the benefits of dancing into consideration it is surprising that not more boxers have taken to the sport to help swing their odds in the ring in their favor.

Member Feature: Alex, Professional Boxer

We know him simply as Alex. Alexandru Marin came into Champion Boxing & Fitness for the first time a few years ago as a shy but motivated boxer who quickly showed us the bulldog fighter mentality that was inside him.

Native to Romania, Alex began training with our coaches, Bruce Babashan and William Joppy when he arrived in the U.S. then shortly began starring in professional boxing matches.

“I’d seen him on video, but we wanted to see how tough he was. Alex displayed some exceptional talent and un-teachable gifts,” said Babashan of Marin, who went 150-10 as an amateur and twice won national titles. “He came here with the specific goal of becoming a professional boxer, and I agreed to train him with very little expectation. When he arrived, he knew two words of English: ‘Me champion.’ I said ‘We’ll see.’”

In early May 2017, Alex continued his winning ways at the sold-out MGM National Harbor where he won through unanimous decision over Mexican boxer German Meraz. Alex improved his mark to 13-0 with nine knockouts.

Read more about Alexandru and Bruce in the full article on The Sentinel: