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About Me

My name is Fran Sands.  I've been involved in amateur boxing for over 30 years, first visiting a boxing gym at the age of 6.  I was involved 60 amateur contests, winning regional titles, reaching national semi-finals and finals and representing my country at Under-19 level.  When I hung up my gloves at the age of 21 and after a short break from the sport, I moved into a coaching role.

For the last 16 years I have coached amateur boxers, helping some amazing young talent to realize their potential.  I have worked with numerous national champions and international boxers and enjoy immensely the feeling of working on the technical and tactical development of boxers at all levels, always enjoying very positive feedback from my charges.

About the Site

In creating this site, I am hoping to use my coaching skills to provide a significant resource for those interested in boxing.  I intend to present a structured and rigorous method for people to either improve their existing boxing skills or alternatively learn new skills.  I guess that people who may find this site useful might include:

  • Practising boxers or other 'combat' sports participants (such as mixed martial arts) who may be interesting in developing certain aspects of their fighting style.
  • People who would like to become involved in boxing, but who would prefer the confidence boost of understanding some background on the sport before taking the step of visiting a boxing gym.
  • People who are seeking to keep fit, but who may wish to develop their fitness around a framework of learning a technical discipline.  This often helps to maintain an interest in keeping fit.
  • People who may wish to learn boxing with a partner or friend in the home environment (e.g. in a basement or garage).
  • People who may be partaking in one of the many charity white collar boxing events that seem to be quite common these days

The basis of the site will be the presentation of the full range of punches, from a jab to a cross, uppercuts, hooks, short/medium and long range work, parries, blocks, slips, ducks and a whole host of other good stuff; go to the Boxing Skills page to learn more.   Coupled with this we'll examine the equipment and fitness methods used to underpin the skills, and you can find more information about this on the Boxing Fitness page.  The third piece of the jigsaw will be provision of a series of programs that will take elements of the skills and fitness and combine these to offer a full training regime suited to your requirements, be it skills focused, fitness focused or both!

A principle I am hoping to uphold is that the users of the site will play a significant role in how we should move forward.  I will provide an initial 'learning platform', based upon a series of short videos along with written guidance articles and e-books.  I would hope in the near-future to be able to offer some kind of true 'coaching' experience i.e. my being able to review user submitted videos and provide feedback in an on-line workshop environment.  This though will be very much dictated by site users.

Having said what I will be delivering through this site, I should also make it clear what I won't be delivering.  I know that these days we have experts all over the place, and not just experts in one area, but experts in all areas, all of the time!  I, unfortunately, am a mere mortal.  My skills are firmly based the technical elements of boxing and the kind of fitness regimes used to support these elements.   I am not a nutritionist, I am not a weight training specialist, I am not a running expert, I am not a sports psychologist nor a sports physiologist nor any other kind of 'ologist'!

If you as the users of this site decide that we should investigate more fully the areas of nutrition, weight training, running or anything else for that matter, then I'm sure we'll be able come up with the answers that we seek!  In the meantime, I'll be sticking to what I know best...boxing. If you would like to contact me for any reason at all, please email be at fran@myboxingcoach.com

Be advised:  Boxing, as with other contact sports, has inherent risks that even the most dimwitted of observers should identify and acknowledge.  If you intend to undertake boxing with another person (i.e. hitting each other in the head with punches), this needs to be done in a controlled gym environment with suitably qualified coaching staff present.  By reviewing the content of this site, you are doing so as a sensible and free-thinking individual, not a moron.  I can't be held responsible for moronic behaviour, so try to avoid it will ya!

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Marcos Saucedo June 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm

https://youtu.be/PaeZbjQwJeY

My son was recently in the USA national tournament and was lost in the fight above. I curious what your thoughts are and how he could improve?

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Simon June 30, 2017 at 7:16 pm

Hi, Fran I sincerely hope you don’t mind me chipping in and Marcos I hope you don’t take me as an cheeky interfering so and so but could I offer a couple of little things. Your lads fast and game but maybe tell him to let the tall fella come to him a bit more. Instead of chasing the tall counter puncher let him come forward, block, slip whatever and then your lad explodes into him, then back. I’d also make him drill footwork, keep his feet apart, in the right stance and under his shoulders all the time. That bit of control with his natural speed and ability might help. Thank you.

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Fran June 30, 2017 at 8:33 pm

Hi Marcos

Thank you for posting the video. Your son deserves great credit for a really determined and aggressive performance against a tall and awkward southpaw opponent – please pass on my congratulations to him.

For what it’s worth I thought your boy was very unlucky not to get the decision. I gave him the first 2 rounds and his opponent the final round.

However, the judges may well have felt that your son’s punching at close range were incorrect shots and therefore were not scoring them – they could be viewed as not landing the knuckle part of the glove. That would be the key learning point for me.

He would benefit greatly from shortening his hooks and uppercuts on his way in and at close range. He works really hard to get to that range but then gets a little wild with big looping shots when right on top of the guy – a little more composure and the bout would have been beyond doubt.

Simon’s points can also be borne in mind as an alternative. Bringing tall guys onto their front foot and out of their comfort zone can work well.

Have a look at the close range hook videos on the site to get an idea of what I mean.

Hope this helps Marcos. Your boy should take heart from his performance. Tidy the shots up at close range and he’ll progress further in his next comp…no doubt about it.

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Francesco June 27, 2017 at 7:38 am

Hi Fran
Was wondering where you are based?

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Fran June 27, 2017 at 6:31 pm

I’m in Liverpool, UK Francesco

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Ian Thompson June 6, 2017 at 3:34 am

Hi Fran
This is my new email address
My old email xxxxxxxx is no longer valid.
Cheers

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Fran June 6, 2017 at 6:16 pm

No worries Ian, I’ve updated your record

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Jack April 26, 2017 at 12:20 am

I can’t believe you’ve put so much time and energy into putting all your knowledge out there for free. Thanks so much for all of your articles and videos. I’ve trained at a few gyms here in Australia, but I’ve never been shown the basic fundamentals in a way that you teach them. I won my first amateur bout last week and people (a trainer included) commented on how I looked like a “real boxer”. A huge part of that is due to studying your videos over and over and just repeating the basics again and again according to your instruction. You don’t know me, by you helped me win that fight. So thanks!

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Fran April 29, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Brilliant that Jack, very well done mate. Hopefully that’s the first fight in a great journey in amateur boxing. Look forward to hearing about you making that national team in a few years 😉

Thanks mate.

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Fran April 20, 2017 at 6:39 pm

Just sent you an email Mario

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