JOSH WARRINGTON prefers a good slap and no tickle between the ropes.
The happily married father-of-two suffered a sickening KO loss to Maurico Lara in 2021 and a disfiguring broken jaw in his featherweight world title win over Kiko Martinez in March.
Warrington has ‘a weird fetish for getting punched in the head’
But he hated his recovery time on the sidelines and is back risking his health and IBF crown against dangerous Luis Alberto Lopez on Saturday night.
And the kinky 32-year-old admits he gets his kicks out of getting punched – by everyone bar wife Natasha.
The Leeds legend said: “It took a long time to get the jaw back to full strength and let me eat a steak without worrying about it. But it’s all good now.
“I had to swallow the first few punches back. I didn’t want it on my mind throughout camp because that leads to you making mistakes in the ring on other things and getting caught anyway. I put it to the back of my mind.
“And I think I might even have a weird fetish for getting punched in the head.
“Don’t get me wrong, I don’t get Mrs Warrington to whack me or anything like that!
“But even when I watch other people spar and take a pasting, I can’t help thinking ‘let me get in there’”.
Warrington took a rare night out of camp to watch 44-year-old idol Ricky Hatton’s exhibition bout last month.
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And he used his down time away from the gym to add the piano to the guitar he already has mastered.
The extracurricular activities are helping the 33-fight veteran plan for his retirement once wife Tasha succeeds in convincing him to hang up his gloves.
“If I can earn a few quid by chinning some YouTubers at 44, I’d be up for a bit of that,” he said about the Internet boxing craze the Hitman tapped into.
“But I would like to think I still keep myself in good shape at that age.
“My dad always tells me I’ll end up his size, I have to tell Johnny Kebabs I won’t be getting to his 20st division any time.
“I might end up busking in Leeds for a small change or in restaurants.
“My missus just bought me a keyboard for my birthday so maybe I’ll be playing piano in bars and restaurants and people can go: ‘Oh look, that’s Josh Warrington over there, he used to be a boxer we used to go and watch… K***HEAD!’”
Thankfully for the thousands of Yorkshire men and women that will watch their boy at his local arena – and hopefully follow him to Las Vegas for an overdue jolly in 2023 – he’s an iron man now.
Following the violent stoppage of Martinez he needed surgery on his shattered face but hopes it now makes his whiskers even stronger.
He said: “I don’t want to be getting caught clean, at 32 it can chip away at you so hopefully no more.
“I have a metal plate in there now, so who knows, it might even be stronger than before.
“I might be a bit of a cyborg man now.”
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I practice boxing without a partner?
If you’re looking for a partner to practice boxing, you can watch boxing matches on television. Or you can find an amateur boxing club near you. Amateur boxesing clubs usually hold regular training sessions. These sessions typically include sparring partners that hit pads together.
Boxing can also be practiced using punching bags. Before you use the bag, be sure to protect yourself with gloves or boxing gloves.
How many hours do boxers train in a single day?
Boxing trainers train for at most 4 hours per day. They spend time learning new moves and practice their punches, as well as studying boxing techniques. Boxers often spar up to 10 times a week.
Can you learn to box?
Yes, it is possible to learn how to box. All you have to do is find a nearby boxing club 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’ve got all of that, you can begin practicing your punches and kicks.
Where should I shop for boxing equipment
Many online stores sell boxing equipment. Amazon, eBay. Walmart. Target. and Sports Authority are just a few of the many places you can buy boxing equipment online. You might also consider discount stores such as Ross and TJ Maxx if you are looking for low-cost boxing gear.
Look into reputable brands like Warrior and Golden Glove if you are looking to buy quality boxing gear.
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How to box for exercise
How to Learn to Box for Exercise
Boxing is a sport that improves self confidence and physical fitness. Boxing is one the most loved sports in the world. It involves strength, speed and agility.
Boxing is a great way of getting fit and feeling good about yourself. You’ll love the activity and want to continue it.
There are many types of boxing training programs. Some require you to train at home while others are done in gyms or health clubs. Online courses allow you to learn from anywhere in the globe.
It is important to find a program that suits your needs and your lifestyle. Exercises that build muscle mass, flexibility, endurance, cardiovascular endurance, and improve overall well-being are the best.
You should also consider whether you prefer a beginner’s course or a more advanced one. Beginner’s programs usually teach basic techniques and drills such as shadowboxing, sparring, mitt work, and punching combinations. Advanced programs typically offer a wider variety of exercises and cover more complex movements.
Beginners’ programs generally last around eight weeks and cost less than $100. These programs do not provide guidance about nutrition, weight, injury prevention or any other aspect of boxing training.
Advanced programs can last up to six months, and usually cost about $300. They can include nutrition advice, stretching routines, warm up exercises, and instructions on proper technique. Some programs also include resistance training (e.g. lifting weights) or aerobic conditioning (e.g. running).