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Bristol Boxing Gym welcomes anyone and everyone to train at our famous boxing gym.
BOXFIT is a great mixed class for beginners to the fitness fanatic and are now on seven times a week. We have Technique Classes for those looking to develop their boxing skills. Our experienced trainers are available for Personal Training. For those who fancy stepping into the ring we have our Novice Sparring Sessions. Ladies we have our Female Only Boxing Class and for those serious about boxing competitively we have the famous Empire Amateur Boxing Club.
Haskins dominates Velazquez
Lee Haskins demonstrated his obvious class to comprehensively out-gun Mexican Willy Velazquez in the main event on Chris Sanigar's latest promotion at the City Academy in Bristol.
Forced to take an international non-title fight while he waits patiently for a shot at a version of the world bantamweight title, the 31-year-old Bristolian was made to go the distance with his Mexican rival.
But there was no doubting his superiority as he registered a comfortable 100-91 verdict en-route to his 30th career win.
In many respects, this was a routine win for the Lockleaze southpaw, whose speed of hand and foot dumbfounded his younger opponent.
Victorious in 17 of his 20 paid outings back in Mexico City, Velazquez had never mixed in this company previously – and it showed. He never got to grips with an opponent who fired shots from all angles and bamboozled him with precise and heavy-handed switch-hitting.
Becoming impatient in his wait for a career-defining title fight, former Empire Club amateur Haskins did not need to be at his best and appeared to box on auto-pilot at times.
Haskins claimed he had done everything that was asked of him and described his performance as "a master-class."
He told the Bristol Post: "I think I would have beaten just about any bantamweight in the world the way I boxed tonight. It was comprehensive, it was classy and I think the crowd enjoyed it.
"I knew I had to hit and move, hit and move, hit and move, and that is what I did. I had a game-plan and the fight went exactly the way I wanted it to."
Ranked in the top five by the WBC and in the top-15 with all the other major governing bodies, the Bristolian is demanding a shot at world domination in the new year.
He has beaten just about everybody who has been out in front of him during the last seven years and, having cleaned up on the domestic scene, is ready to operate on the biggest stage of all. His next fight will be for the vacant European title in Monaco against Frenchman Omar Amiri on February 21.
Haskins had the power to trouble the Mexican, but seemed content to get rounds under his belt in what was his first outing since March.
His timing was still intact and, firing shots from the hips from the outset, the home favourite quickly established a commanding points lead.
Velazquez enjoyed the occasional success with round-house rights, but lacked the wherewithal to apply concerted pressure and was invariably punished whenever he came within range.
The central American visited the canvas just once when he was doubled up by a low blow, but he recovered to at least complete a one-sided contest on his feet.
Haskins was complimentary about his opponent afterwards, labelling him a "dangerous puncher." He said: "The guy caught me in the first round and the third with over-hand rights and they hurt.
"I knew I needed to concentrate and stay out of the way of that big right hand. He was itching to throw it and, had he connected, you could have been talking to him afterwards rather than me.
"I think I'm in a different class to him, but make no mistake, he was a tricky customer and he gave me a good fight."
BOXFIT Now Seven Days a Week
Due to popular demand Bristol Boxing Gym's BOXFIT Class is now on seven days a week! Our adult boxing and fitness class is suitable for all levels of ability and fitness from beginners upwards. These sessions involve boxing techniques, shadow boxing, punchbags, circuit training, running and skipping.
For more information check out BOXFIT and our video below.
Personal Training in Bristol Boxing Gym
Personal Boxing Training at the Bristol Boxing Gym can help you in multiple ways whether it’s to improve your fitness levels, learn to box, lose a few pounds; improve your general health; or build self confidence. Our Personal Training will provide structure, results, variety and motivation.
You'll start with an initial consultation to assess your current state of health and define your fitness goals. This gives you an agreed starting point, and also a benchmark against which to measure your progress in a realistic fashion. Your individual personal training programme will be changed regularly, not only for variety, but also to allow for continued progression to deliver maximum results in the minimum of time.
Bristol Boxing Gym Gets keys to new home
Bristol Boxing Gym are celebrating after picking up the keys to our new home. We will move into the former Mill Youth Centre, Easton in January 2015, only 500 yards from our existing gym. Our charity Empire Fighting Chance has received funding of half a million pounds to develop a state of the art facility which will enhance and improve the services we can offer.
The funding will develop the facility into two open plan gym spaces both housing boxing rings. There will also be a stylish mezzanine overlooking the larger gym area to include cardio fitness machines. As well as the two gym spaces there will also be fitness studios and an outdoor basketball court which will allow us to expand our range of exercise classes and provide outdoor circuits as well as our current range of Boxfit/Technique and Novice Sparring sessions.
Our new home will also have brand new male and female changing and shower facilities along with 20 free car parking spaces inside the complex and free outside street parking.
This will also be a fantastic opportunity for our charity Empire Fighting Chance to expand the services which it delivers to young people in Bristol. As well as gym spaces the facility will also have several classrooms, counselling rooms and a conference area. We hope that going forward we can transform the centre into the primary sports social hub in Bristol.
There will be a smooth transition over the Christmas/New Year period while we transfer to the new building so that minimal time is lost for members wishing to use the facilities. This is a great opportunity for us at Bristol Boxing and also for our members we are very excited about the future.