The Box Gathering Podcast aims to create open conversations around boxing education and boxing more generally. Whether we are a boxer or a coach, understanding how we learn is surely the most important tool in our skill set. The Box Gathering podcast discusses learning within a boxing context and shares the application of theory. We hope that our podcast will provide insight and ideas that you can apply to your coaching or training.

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#87 - Harry Otty. Developing Champion Communities in New Zealand
#87 - Harry Otty. Developing Champion C...
Harry Otty is the National Performance Director at The Billy Graham Youth Foundation in New Zealand and is a prope...
00:36:12
June 03, 2024
#86 - Harvey Dykes
#86 - Harvey Dykes
The 2022 Senior National Super-heavyweight champion and unbeaten pro, Harvey Dykes joins us. The ‘Dykes Machine...
00:23:09
May 27, 2024
#85 - Usyk's Boxing Dynamics
#85 - Usyk's Boxing Dynamics
We have seen a million break downs for this fight. So aplogies for addin mine. BUT! I wanted to compare the reason...
00:13:04
May 22, 2024
#84 - Representing Your Region. With Ben Harmsworth.
#84 - Representing Your Region. With Be...
Ben Harmsworth is Guildford ABC's Chairman, coach and treasurer. He is also member of the Southern Area Council fo...
00:34:30
April 16, 2024
#83 - Shoulder Sparring, Consequences and Mitigating Trauma
#83 - Shoulder Sparring, Consequences a...
I've been playing with ideas around how can we make shoulder tags more valuable. There are some good reads, range...
00:09:26
March 29, 2024
#82 - Effective Session Planning & Representative Learning Design
#82 - Effective Session Planning & Repr...
Fancy phrase, but Representative Learning Design (RLD) is so, so vital to creating an even better learning environ...
00:24:02
March 22, 2024
#81 - Boxing Terminology
#81 - Boxing Terminology
Another car rant on the back of supporting at the level 3 in Tamworth this weekend. Lots of great discussions arou...
00:21:10
January 18, 2024
#80 - Judging. ‘What are they looking for?!’ With Mike Hemming
#80 - Judging. ‘What are they looking...
Ever been stood at a boxing show and the coach next to you says, ‘I don’t know what they’re looking for!’ ...
00:44:10
October 12, 2023
#79 - Sparring for Openings
#79 - Sparring for Openings
Another drive home and reflection on a sparring session. We can ofcourse reflect and discuss between rounds which ...
00:08:29
October 05, 2023
#78 - Matchroom's Alex Le Guével. From Global to Grassroots
#78 - Matchroom's Alex Le Guével. From...
Today we speak to Alex Le Guével from Matchroom. Alex talks openly about his journey from England Boxing to Match...
00:33:26
September 28, 2023
#77 - Keeping Boxers Focussed with Amy Pu
#77 - Keeping Boxers Focussed with Amy ...
Staying focused is key in boxing. Amy and Adam talk about why some boxers lose their focus and how to regain it. A...
00:55:00
August 14, 2023
#76 - What boxing coaches need to know about helping boxers read opponents
#76 - What boxing coaches need to know ...
We know how to train the physical aspects, but what about the boxer's ability to really watch and read opponents? ...
00:51:08
July 10, 2023
#75 - REAKT - Boxing Feedback Technology.
#75 - REAKT - Boxing Feedback Technolog...
We can all get better and feeding back to our boxers, there are many methods. But what about when we are not there...
00:34:51
May 17, 2023
#74 - Coaching Punchlines!
#74 - Coaching Punchlines!
We all have little sayings or quips we use with our boxers, a shared language. Today I share a few ‘punchlines...
00:17:43
April 27, 2023
#73 - Boxing Psychology - Caged Tiger!
#73 - Boxing Psychology - Caged Tiger!
I’ve always found it difficult to apply sport psychology intentionally within my sessions. Sometimes it happens ...
00:16:00
March 21, 2023
#72 - Cutting Off The Ring
#72 - Cutting Off The Ring
Quick one around covert ways to set conditions (constraints) to enhance the skill/art of ‘cutting off the ring...
00:08:20
March 08, 2023
#71 - Sparring targets over sparring punches
#71 - Sparring targets over sparring pu...
Task constraints. Punches or targets? Today I talk about pros and cons of giving target constraints over punch con...
00:12:27
January 12, 2023
#70 - Capt. Barry Philpott. From Zambia to the Commonwealth Games
#70 - Capt. Barry Philpott. From Zambia...
The plane touches down in Zambia and they’ve lost your luggage. You get to your new quarters and find out there ...
00:27:01
October 19, 2022
#69 - Josh Peacock. A chat around combat practices.
#69 - Josh Peacock. A chat around comba...
Host of the fantastic, 'Combat Learning Podcast', Josh Peacock invited me on to talk around all things 'practice d...
01:48:41
August 30, 2022
#68 - Pads up or down?
#68 - Pads up or down?
I got to watching some Patacake pads on Instagram last night and thought to myself we need to talk! But when do we...
00:15:26
July 01, 2022
#67 - Designing More Effective Boxing Sessions. With Cal Jones
#67 - Designing More Effective Boxing S...
Along with his quality beard, Cal Jones has a great big brain and it's full of amazing stuff around how to create ...
00:40:07
May 16, 2022
#66 - Individualised conditions for sparring
#66 - Individualised conditions for spa...
We put a condition in for the whole group and for some it’s fantastic development. But what about the others? Ar...
00:23:27
April 28, 2022
#65 - Punching on the move and skill development
#65 - Punching on the move and skill de...
How often as a sport when we are doing pads with our boxers do we either hold our feet and pad stood still and the...
00:13:49
February 08, 2022
#64 - Point Scoring in Sparring
#64 - Point Scoring in Sparring
Can we manipulate the scoring system inspiring to help our Boxers focus on how they adapt to their opponents. I a...
00:19:11
January 07, 2022
#63 - “You were robbed!!!”
#63 - “You were robbed!!!”
Robbery!!! We all hear it from time to time. But what kind of impact does this choice of words have, even if there...
00:09:42
November 27, 2021
#62 - Pressure Proofing Your Boxers with Professor Adam Nicholls
#62 - Pressure Proofing Your Boxers wit...
They can do it in sparring, then they climb the steps, pass through the ropes and then go to pieces. Today I talk ...
00:51:19
November 16, 2021
#61 - Messy pads to messy sparring!!!
#61 - Messy pads to messy sparring!!!
In boxing we always talk about, “you learn from your mistakes.” Or “You learn from your losses.” I couldn...
00:12:12
November 06, 2021
#60 - “Aim small, miss small.” More on Conditioned Spars.
#60 - “Aim small, miss small.” More...
Another chat about conditioning spars! This time about handing over autonomy to the boxers so they can choose the ...
00:12:31
November 03, 2021
#59 - Conditioned Spars
#59 - Conditioned Spars
I’d like to start talking more about conditions and constraints on spars. Why? It simply fascinates me. Today I...
00:18:55
October 09, 2021
#58 - Deceptive Boxing Skills with The Talent Equation’s Stuart Armstrong
#58 - Deceptive Boxing Skills with The ...
I was massively honoured to be invited on the globally acclaimed Talent Equation with the fantastic Stuart Armstro...
01:20:48
June 15, 2021
#57 - ‘We Don’t Play Boxing?’
#57 - ‘We Don’t Play Boxing?’
It’s an age old adage that we don’t play boxing and most of the time I’d say that’s right. But, are there ...
00:18:37
May 27, 2021
#56 - Brainstorming Coaching
#56 - Brainstorming Coaching
Weird one. Weird but strangely powerful. Basically I emptied my coaching mind on a white board in to 3 areas....1)...
00:09:29
April 30, 2021
#55 - Boxing Parents Seminar 24/4/21
#55 - Boxing Parents Seminar 24/4/21
Boxers are with their parents 99% of the time, and with us 1%! But how much information do we share with the paren...
00:06:09
April 11, 2021
#54 - Coach Development with UK Coaching’s Andy Bradshaw & England Boxing’s Chris Porter.
#54 - Coach Development with UK Coachin...
Today we talk coach development within boxing and all the intricacies that’s surround it! We are delighted to in...
00:55:17
March 12, 2021
#53 - How many decisions did the boxers make today?
#53 - How many decisions did the boxers...
We invited the outstanding John O’Sullivan from Changing the Game Project on The Box Gathering last week and one...
00:06:51
February 26, 2021
#52 - Amanda Coulson. A Live Box Gathering with England Boxing’s Development Coach
#52 - Amanda Coulson. A Live Box Gather...
A glittering international boxing career to great international success as a coach. England Boxing’s Amanda Coul...
01:25:00
January 15, 2021
#51 - 2020 & The Box Gathering www.theboxgathering.co.uk
#51 - 2020 & The Box Gathering www.theb...
Crap year. Crap. But did we stop learning ? Did we stop getting better? Hell no! Every constraint placed on us aff...
00:25:11
January 03, 2021
50th Episode celebration! Talking ‘Great Coaches and great coaching.’
50th Episode celebration! Talking ‘Gr...
Wow! 50th episode! Thank you to everybody who has supported the podcast - guests and listeners. I’ve enjoyed eve...
01:10:51
November 20, 2020
#49 - COVID-19- Back to Boxing Basics & Principles
#49 - COVID-19- Back to Boxing Basics &...
So how do we train during lockdown and how do we emerge from this whole COVID-19 catastrophe? In this episode I sp...
00:17:55
October 12, 2020
#48 - Repton’s Seema Aggarwal - ‘The inner struggle.’
#48 - Repton’s Seema Aggarwal - ‘Th...
About a year ago, I read a fascinating article from today’s guest regarding the inner battle of boxer faces. Rep...
00:34:19
September 12, 2020
#47 - Ben Stewart - British Army Technical Lead Coach. ‘Spreading our bets’
#47 - Ben Stewart - British Army Techni...
There aren’t many coaches out there as revered as the British Army Lead Technical Coach - Ben Stewart. An AIBA 2...
00:56:37
August 29, 2020
#46 - USA Boxing’s Coach Education Coordinator - Chadrick Wigle
#46 - USA Boxing’s Coach Education Co...
A fascinating conversation with USA Coach Education Coordinator Chad Wigle. Chad delves in to the USA Boxing coach...
01:00:35
August 05, 2020
#45 - Opposed vs Unopposed Practice
#45 - Opposed vs Unopposed Practice
Practicing with an opponent or without - is one better than the other? What’s optimal? Should it be both? A few ...
00:12:24
July 29, 2020
#44 - A Boxer’s Mindset. With All Stars Coach, Preya Dhanecha
#44 - A Boxer’s Mindset. With All Sta...
Ex boxer and a current coach for All Stars ABC, NE London - Preya Dhanecha. Coach Preya talks about her interpreta...
00:35:20
July 04, 2020
#43 - Coaching Autonomy with Casey ‘Steekz’ Nachman 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
#43 - Coaching Autonomy with Casey ‘S...
The autonomy support approach to coaching relies upon good communication and handing over permission as Colchester...
00:48:33
June 18, 2020
#42 - Leadership with Lieutenant Colonel Shamus Kelly of the RRF. 👑
#42 - Leadership with Lieutenant Colone...
Leadership. What is it, really? Lieutenant Colonel Shamus Kelly of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers explains how le...
00:44:24
June 06, 2020
#41 - Italian Boxing. A chat with Coach Giuni Ligabue 🇮🇹
#41 - Italian Boxing. A chat with Coach...
Bolognese (Well, from Modena) boxing coach Giuni Ligabue shares his views on The Italian coaching structure and ho...
00:35:17
April 10, 2020
#40 - MMA vs Boxing Coaching. With Scott Sievewright. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🇺🇸
#40 - MMA vs Boxing Coaching. With Scot...
A fascinating chat with Scott Sievewright from Primal MKE MMA gym in Wisconsin, USA. We talk about our approaches ...
00:56:36
April 03, 2020
#39 - Is boxing ‘in the blood?’ Nature vs Nurture. With Ross Clark.
#39 - Is boxing ‘in the blood?’ Nat...
A fascinating chat with Lawrence ABC Coach Ross Clark about the age old pub chat - Nature vs Nurture. Is boxing in...
01:21:24
March 27, 2020
#38 - Shadow Boxing. Pros and Cons
#38 - Shadow Boxing. Pros and Cons
Shadow boxing - a staple part of any boxer’s training regime. But how effective is it? Today we talk about the p...
00:19:15
March 18, 2020
#37 - My Coaching Mistakes.
#37 - My Coaching Mistakes.
Today I spoke about certain mistakes I keep making and why I need to address them! Feel free to share with me or o...
00:22:41
February 14, 2020
#36 - Which Podcasts do coaches listen to?
#36 - Which Podcasts do coaches listen ...
We ask coaches from all over the country to share which podcasts they listen to and how they have helped them deve...
00:17:53
February 06, 2020
#35 - How boxing engages the community. With Wayne Smith.
#35 - How boxing engages the community....
Today we talk to Wayne Smith from the Olympia boxing podcast, Olympia boxing CIC and Saint Mary‘s boxing club in...
00:35:44
January 17, 2020
#34 - My Boxing Coaching Journey In 2019
#34 - My Boxing Coaching Journey In 201...
2019 has been a great year. In episode #34, I talk about some of my main learning opportunities and experiences as...
00:20:37
December 20, 2019
#33 - Boxing - feel the force!
#33 - Boxing - feel the force!
“I learn best by listening, I learn best by watching, I learn best by......” Why do we limit ourselves by pige...
00:19:10
November 29, 2019
#32 - Driving Values to Drive Performance with Guest Dr. Kathy Adcock
#32 - Driving Values to Drive Performan...
Dr Kathy Adcock is the Founder & Director of the award winning social enterprise In Your Corner. She is a Clinical...
00:39:17
November 13, 2019
#31 - Sparring and Starring. Gamifying spars.
#31 - Sparring and Starring. Gamifying ...
Great word isn’t it - ‘Starring’. Today I have another car-based journey chat with myself about my experienc...
00:15:33
November 05, 2019
#30 - Padwork. What are good pads?
#30 - Padwork. What are good pads?
Pads have been around a while now In boxing. But what are good pads? What’s bad? How valuable are they? Today I ...
00:21:00
October 21, 2019
#29 - Boxing Superstition(ism) With Guest David White.
#29 - Boxing Superstition(ism) With Gue...
Wow, what an episode! David White eloquently explains the fascinating topic of superstition and the impacts within...
00:27:34
October 09, 2019
#28 - Boxing Warm Ups With Rhauri Kane.
#28 - Boxing Warm Ups With Rhauri Kane.
Today we talk to England Talent Coach Rhauri Kane. Warm ups - does tradition put the hand break on development or ...
00:39:40
September 21, 2019
#27 - Why Training Should be Messy.
#27 - Why Training Should be Messy.
Episode #27 takes a look at Ric Shuttleworth et al’s model on ‘safe uncertainty’ and how it applies to boxin...
00:26:18
August 13, 2019
#26 - Coaching - Old School West, Meets New School East.
#26 - Coaching - Old School West, Meets...
Episode 26 - Old school versus new school coaching! How did Ray Arcel shine across most of the 20th century? What ...
00:43:40
July 24, 2019
#25 - Assessing Athletes With 4x Olympian Bo Hanson
#25 - Assessing Athletes With 4x Olympi...
Every boxer is different. Episode #25 Talks to 4 time Olympian, Bo Hanson about how we can profile boxers so we ca...
00:34:06
July 18, 2019
#24 - Resilience. How We Can Always Be Positive and Say, YES!
#24 - Resilience. How We Can Always Be ...
In Episode #24 we speak to the remarkable Af Panjalazadeh. Af is an ex amateur boxer and has worked in 2 Olympic G...
00:34:46
June 26, 2019
#23 - Sam ‘Midge’ Noakes - My Journey To Success.....So Far.
#23 - Sam ‘Midge’ Noakes - My Journ...
From amateur success to a new dawn of professional boxing, Westree’s Sam Noakes and Coach Lee Owen reflects on a...
00:25:07
June 17, 2019
#22 - Transformational Coaching
#22 - Transformational Coaching
What’s important to you as a coach. Winning? Character? Can both co-exist? Episode #22 talks about transactional...
00:14:40
June 06, 2019
#21 - Unlocking Your Boxer’s Potential With Lee Hallworth.
#21 - Unlocking Your Boxer’s Potentia...
Episode #21 talks Psychology! What’s standing in the way of the boxer’s potential and how can we unlock it. Wi...
00:43:34
May 07, 2019
#20 - Strength & Conditioning In Boxing With Guest Elliot Dillon
#20 - Strength & Conditioning In Boxing...
Episode #20 speaks to the awesome Elliot Dillon about his views on S&C’s place in boxing.
00:30:21
April 26, 2019
#19 - Qualities of an Elite Open Class Boxer.
#19 - Qualities of an Elite Open Class ...
Episode #19 talks about the qualities of an open elite class boxer including range control and flare!
00:16:46
April 24, 2019
#18 - Boxer/Coach Relationships
#18 - Boxer/Coach Relationships
A chat with Downend and England Talent Pathway Coach, Craig Turner about the importance relationships between coac...
00:21:57
March 29, 2019
#17 – Parents In Boxing
#17 – Parents In Boxing
It can be great for the boxer, it can be disastrous for the boxer. Episode # 17 talks about strategies for involvi...
00:14:02
March 21, 2019
#16 - Skills Bouts
#16 - Skills Bouts
Episode #16 talks about skills bouts. Pros and cons - what are your views?
00:16:18
February 14, 2019
#15 - Matchmaking Amateur Boxing Shows
#15 - Matchmaking Amateur Boxing Shows
With guest speaker Ben Harmsworth of Guildford City ABC, we talk about the monster which is matchmaking!
00:26:38
January 25, 2019
#14 - Taking a Break from Training
#14 - Taking a Break from Training
Having time away from boxing - good? Bad? In episode #14 we discuss this from the boxer’s and coaches’ stand p...
00:12:50
January 05, 2019
#13 - Skipping. The Pros and Cons
#13 - Skipping. The Pros and Cons
This week, I ask 4 coaches from around the country about their opinions on skipping and its place in boxing.
00:06:30
December 21, 2018
#12 -🥇Karol Itauma. Youth Olympic U81kg Gold Medalist. 🥇
#12 -🥇Karol Itauma. Youth Olympic U8...
The Boxing Coaches’ Podcast speaks to One of Karol’s Coaches - Jerome Xavier. Jerome speaks about his experien...
00:18:23
December 14, 2018
#11 - Punishments
#11 - Punishments
In episode #11 we discuss how physical activity used as punishment can impact on our boxers.
00:10:06
December 03, 2018
#10 - Do We Gamble Too Much as Boxers?
#10 - Do We Gamble Too Much as Boxers?
Do we read the cues our opponent gives off or do we gamble and hope? Episode #10 talks about, ‘Perception Action...
00:08:08
November 23, 2018
#9 - The Blame Game. Coach Accountability.
#9 - The Blame Game. Coach Accountabili...
Episode 9 discusses being accountable for our boxers. If they fail do we blame them or do we blame ourselves? How ...
00:06:23
November 02, 2018
#8 - Boxing Coaching Chameleons.
#8 - Boxing Coaching Chameleons.
In episode #8 we talk about adapting to the boxer’s needs to get the best from their performance.
00:12:52
October 19, 2018
#7 - Praising Boxers vs Affirming them.
#7 - Praising Boxers vs Affirming them.
Praise is great, but is too much just empty words which loses impact? Today we talk about affirmations as a means ...
00:06:14
September 20, 2018
#6 - Shouting at Boxers.
#6 - Shouting at Boxers.
How many decisions do we allow the boxers to make? Does our coaching prepare them to make the right choices? Episo...
00:09:58
September 12, 2018
#5 - 'Repetition. The Mother of All Learning?'.
#5 - 'Repetition. The Mother of All Lea...
Surely if we keep practicing our boxing skills over and over again we get better, right? May be so, but can we ada...
00:08:47
August 27, 2018
#4 - Boxing Metaphors & Proverbs.
#4 - Boxing Metaphors & Proverbs.
Boxing has got to be one of the most assigned sports to cliche, metaphors, proverbs - you name it. Today we talk a...
00:06:27
August 13, 2018
#3 - Tell me about a Coach in your Journey.
#3 - Tell me about a Coach in your Jour...
We all remember a coach who had an impact on us, for better or worse. Why was that? In episode 3 we discuss some o...
00:07:55
August 03, 2018
#2 - Building a Boxing Culture
#2 - Building a Boxing Culture
This week we talk about developing a club culture and the experiences i've had as well as some of the recent resea...
00:08:32
July 31, 2018
#1 - Boxing Coaching. My 'Why'.
#1 - Boxing Coaching. My 'Why'.
Welcome to episode 1 of The Boxing Coaches' Podcast and my 'Why'. www.theboxgathering.co.uk
00:11:27
July 27, 2018
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