By John Brown
The purpose of this manual is to give a brief, but inclusive introductory course to the great sport of amateur boxing.
Amateur boxing parallels life in many respects. It’s important that you learn and grow every day. The coach or
boxer who thinks he knows all there is to know or doesn’t want to take the time to learn, will never achieve his
full potential. Even we do not claim to have all of the answers.
In order for amateur boxing to become more popular, it is the job of all coaches to stress fundamentals, particularly
those pertaining to defense. A boxing match is meant to be a contest of skill rather than power, brute force or
It is extremely important to remember that amateur boxing should be fun. The more fun you can make it, the more
participants you will have and the more frequently they will workout. The surest way to make boxing fun is to keep
it safe. This can be accomplished by teaching the fundamentals depicted in this manual and by using proper
PURPOSE OF MANUAL
Amateur boxing is a very positive sport as well as a terrific way
to combat juvenile delinquency. It is completely different from
professional boxing in its goals, objectives, scoring and
Amateur boxing can be an excellent source of conditioning for
the high school athlete during the off-season. It also provides
the option for a youngster who is not involved in school sports
programs or does not desire to participate in team sports.
Amateur boxing can also provide a young person with the
opportunity to satisfy the basic human need of recognition in a
positive manner. All too often this need is met through delinquent
In amateur boxing, points are scored by landing clean blows, regardless of their power. A power punch that knocks
an opponent down scores the same as a left jab. Consequently, a boxer’s goal should be to outbox his opponent by
landing numerous clean, effective blows rather than going for a knockout that may not happen.
When properly coached and supervised, amateur b