EX-HEAVYWEIGHT boxing champion Chris Byrd looks almost unrecognisable after his stunning FOUR STONE body transformation.
The American defeated some of the division’s greatest, including Evander Holyfield and Vitali Klitschko.
Two-time heavyweight boxing champion Chris Byrd
Chris Byrd sensationally lost four stone in retirement
And he did so weighing 15 stone in the prime of his career, later retiring in 2009.
But after hanging up his gloves, Byrd underwent a dramatic body transformation and wanted to return at MIDDLEWEIGHT.
At one point, he weighed 11st after slimming down on a plant-based diet and eyed a boxing comeback after turning 50.
He said: “What am I known for? Slickness, speed and reflexes.
“It’s still there. I’m telling you. At 50 years old, look at my body. It’s on.
“Who is going to hang with the old man? Nobody can hang with the old man. I got energy all day.
“I will be a middleweight champion definitely. Let’s get it.”
Now 52, Byrd appears to have cooled off on talk of a comeback.
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During his heyday, he reigned as a two-time heavyweight champ but actually competed at middleweight during his amateur career.
It was only after lacking willing contenders did Byrd physically chew his way up to heavyweight.
He said: “Nobody wanted to fight me at middleweight, so I ate my weight up to heavyweight.
“Due to this, I paid for it. I went through eleven years of suffering. A few years ago, I couldn’t even move my feet apart.
“The pain in my left leg was so bad that I just wanted to cut the whole off some day.
“I had to make drastic changes and choices in life to get where I am today.”
The American beat Evander Holyfield and Vitali Klitschko
Chris Byrd enjoyed a plant-based diet in retirement
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Boxing, exactly?
Boxing is a sport in which two people fight to knock one another out. They do this by hitting each other in the head and face. The objective of boxing involves hitting your opponent as hard, but not causing any injury. This can only happen if both boxers are able to throw heavy punches. They also need to have good hand-eye coordination.
What is the maximum number of punches a person can take?
A punch is “a blow delivered by a fist”. The human body can only take one punch at a given time. When someone hits you in the face, he/she is punching you. You can’t hit them/her back. This would be two punches.
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Yes, you can train yourself to box. You just need to find a boxing gym near you and join a class. You can find free classes at most gyms, or you can search for nearby boxing clubs via Google.
Also, you will need equipment such as gloves, mouthpiece, headgear, sparring partners, and headgear. Once you have this equipment, it’s time to start practicing your kicks.
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How to box for exercise
How to learn how to box for Exercise
Your goal in learning boxing is self-confidence and improvement of your physical fitness. Boxing is one the most loved sports in the world. It requires speed, agility and strength.
Boxing is a great way of getting fit and feeling good about yourself. It will be a fun activity that you will want to do again and again.
There are many different types of boxing training programs available. Some are held at health clubs or gyms, while others can be done at home. Online courses allow you to learn from anywhere in the globe.
You should ensure that the program you select meets your lifestyle and goals. The best programs focus on exercises that increase muscle mass, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. They also promote overall well being.
It is important to consider whether you would prefer a beginner’s or an advanced course. Beginner’s programs typically teach fundamental techniques and drills like shadowboxing, sparring and mitt work. Advanced programs cover more complex movements and offer more variety.
The beginner’s program usually lasts around 8 weeks and costs less than $100. However, they don’t provide any guidance on nutrition, weight loss, injury prevention, or other aspects of boxing training.
Advanced programs typically last six months and cost around $300. These programs include nutrition advice and stretching routines. Some programs offer resistance training (such lifting weights) as well as aerobic conditioning (such running).