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Inside the £365m new UK’s largest indoor arena backed by Harry Styles that could host boxing and UFC superfights

THIS is the £365million state-of-the-art Co-op Live arena in Manchester which is set to officially open on April 23.

Based next to the Etihad Stadium it will become the UK's largest indoor arena with an impressive capacity of 23,500, surpassing the 21,000 AO Arena also in Manchester.

The Rivalry with London's O2 and Star-Studded Backing

And it looks set to challenge London’s O2 for the country’s biggest boxing bouts.

Co-op Live is funded by Oak View Group (OVG) and City Football Group (CFG), which owns Manchester City.

Manchester United fan pop star Harry Styles is also an investor with the arena to be a music-first venue.

Music, Sports, and More

Music will be the centre for Co-op Live, with plans to host around 120 events per year, including 100 concerts.

But it will also host other events including sports and has ambitions to become home to boxing and UFC fight nights.

Manchester Arena was the birthplace of Jake Paul's boxing career, and it hosted Mike Tyson's first fight in the UK.

Unique Features of Co-op Live

The venue will include 32 bars and restaurants plus 12 lounges, with a unique bowl design and tiered seating.

The venue will have cutting-edge visual technology, exceptional acoustics, and a lower ceiling for the best show experience possible.

Environmentally Friendly and Sustainable

Co-op Live will use renewable electricity from on-site solar panels, with zero gas emissions and no landfill waste.

The venue will collect rainwater for flushing toilets and watering plants, and has been built using local suppliers and materials.

The venue is set to open on April 23 with a headline act by comedian Peter Kay.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn boxing at your home.

While you can start learning boxing at home through instructional videos or fitness apps, it’s recommended to train at a gym with a qualified coach to ensure you’re mastering the techniques correctly. A boxing gym also provides equipment and allows you to practice with other people.

What is the importance breathing in boxing?

In boxing, breathing correctly is crucial. It helps you maintain your stamina and energy levels, as well as keep you relaxed while training or during a match. You should exhale sharply with each punch and breathe rhythmically, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth to effectively manage your oxygen intake and output.

Is boxing a good way to get fit?

Yes, boxing is an excellent way to improve overall fitness. The full-body workout improves cardiovascular and muscular health, as well as endurance, coordination and agility. Moreover, it is an effective form of stress relief and can boost your confidence and discipline.


  • Approximately 50% of beginner boxers drop out within the first six months, highlighting the importance of sustaining motivation and setting realistic goals.
  • Nearly 80% of boxing training injuries are related to incorrect technique, especially within the first three months of taking up the sport.
  • Research indicates that nearly 70% of punches thrown by boxers during a match are jabs.
  • Women are joining boxing in increasing numbers, rising by about 15% in the past decade, indicating growing gender diversity in the sport.
  • Beginner boxers tend to make the mistake of holding their breath in 70% of cases during their initial training sessions.
  • About 25% of people who take up boxing transition to competitive amateur boxing within their first two years of training.
  • Cardiovascular fitness improvements can be seen after just 12 weeks of consistent boxing training.
  • Despite the stereotype that boxing is a young person’s sport, approximately 20% of all beginners are over the age of 40.
  • Boxing has one of the lowest rates of injury compared to other contact sports, with approximately 1.1 injuries per 1,000 minutes of athletics.
  • Approximately 80% of boxing injuries occur during training, not in actual competition.

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How to build a home boxing workout

The first step to creating a workout for boxing at home is to create a routine. Combine strength exercises, such as pushups, core workouts, and cardio exercises, like running or jumping rope, to increase endurance. Focus on your stance, punching form and technique when shadowboxing. If you have a heavy bag, integrate bag rounds into your routine for power and combination work.