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Speed bags

Speed bags

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Speed bags are small, air-filled bags anchored at the top to bounce back platform parallel to the ground. It helps a fighter can learn to keep his hands up, recover hand-eye coordination and learn to shift weight between feet when punching.


Reflex bag

Reflex bag

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It is used to boxers to speed up reflexes and to expand short, accurate punches. It also helps a boxer learn defense.


Handwraps

Handwraps

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Handwraps usually consist of gauze and medical tape, and are tattered by boxers under their gloves. They are designed to guard the bones of the boxers hands and wrists when punching. Hand wrap is a strip of cloth used by boxers to defend the hand and wrist against injuries induced by punching. It is wrapped steadily around the wrist, the palm, and the base of the thumb, where it serves to both maintain the alignment of the joints, and to compress and lend strength to the soft tissues of the hand during the impact of a punch.

A hand wrap protects against several common types of injuries that are familiar to most boxers. For instance, it supports the wrist joint, keeping it allied when the contact of a punch is immersed by the wrong part of the hand. It also secures the base of the thumb to the hand, thereby reducing the chance of a sprain or fracture that can result from the thumb prominent an opponents elbow. Most importantly, it extensively strengthens the metacarpus, reducing the likelihood of a fracture of one of the metacarpal bones. Such a fracture is often called the boxers fracture" -- which is usually a fracture in the neck of the fifth metacarpal -- because of its ubiquity among fighters.


Knock Down Eight Count

Standing eight counts is also referred as protection count. It is the maximum count an umpire can give to a boxer who is back on his feet after supporting a knockdown. This count permits the umpire to judge whether the boxer can carry on fighting or not. Various authorities require that a boxer receive an obligatory "standing eight-count" once being knocked down. Some commission permits to utilize standing eight-count when a boxer takes unnecessary penalty and emerge on the verge of going down but does not really go down. It is also considered same as the knockdown in boxing.


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