A truly unique event of applied learning and practice
At Boxing Science, we have always been passionate about making an impact in boxing. We go the extra mile to help raise the standards of research, education and training practice by collecting data, sharing online content and delivering our coaching workshops.
Now we move onto a new chapter as we launch the Boxing Science Conference, the world’s first sport science conference solely dedicated to boxing.
A series of workshops to give an insight to practices at the elite level of boxing and combat sports.
The workshops were dynamic with a mix of roundtable discussions, theory and practical content, giving conference delegates a unique learning experience.
You will learn the science and application of a range of subjects, including advanced strength training methods, how to prevent upper-limb injuries, how to implement high-intensity conditioning training sessions and much more.
Now you can access the range of workshops online – accessible via laptop, tablet and smartphones.
A Winning Line-Up
We assembled a formidable team of practitioners that have accumulated over 100 years of experience at the pinnacle of elite sport. Over the course of one weekend, the speakers engaged with coaches and practitioners to deliver 12 workshops for strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, nutrition, psychology and business development.
This line-up of practitioners have contributed to winning domestic, European and world titles in professional Boxing, leading sport science the UFC Performance Institute, winning Olympic Medals with Team GB, gaining promotion to the premier league and winning the heavyweight championship of the world.
Learn from some of the best practitioners in boxing and combat sports to help take your coaching expertise to the next level.
Dr Duncan French | UFC PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE
Globally recognised as a leading expert in high-performance sport, Duncan has 24 years of experience working with elite professional and Olympic athletes. Presently, Duncan is the Vice President of Performance for the UFC Performance Institute. He is responsible for directing performance interfaces to approx. 600 UFC fighters globally, as well as managing two state-of-the-art high performance facilitates in Las Vegas and Shanghai.
Translating Athletic Qualities to MMA and Combat Sports
Duncan presents a fantastic workshop on how to transfer strength, speed and fitness into a sport specific environment. This presentation will give you a detailed insight into the practices applied at the UFC Performance Institute.
Danny Wilson | BOXING SCIENCE
Danny is a UKSCA accredited strength and conditioning coach with a wealth of experience in high-performance sport, coaching 100’s of boxers of all ages and abilities, from junior amateur to world champion professionals. He is the co-founder of Boxing Science and has spearheaded the development of Boxing Science into a world recognised organisation, with over 350k social followers and thousands of training programs sold worldwide.
Social Media and Business Strategies for Coaches
The role of an S&C coach has evolved over the years, and a lot of freelance S&C coaches are developing their own online businesses. Sharing exercise videos and educational content may sound easy, however, coaches have to battle against algorithms, capture attention and stand out from the crowd in an ever-growing market.
To put it into context, there are over 480 million posts using the #Fitness hashtag on Instagram.
Without any formal training in social media, Danny Wilson has built a significant online presence. Boxing Science has 300,000 accumulative Instagram followers, 35,000 YouTube subscribers and over 1 million website page views per year.
In this workshop, Danny shares social media strategies to build a brand, grow your online audience and present his thoughts, knowledge and experience on how to improve your social media presence.
Advanced Strength Training for Boxing
There are many different factors to consider when a strength and conditioning coach is working with a boxer. Mainly trying to get them stronger and more explosive whilst contending with high training loads, movement limitations and making weight.
Basic strength and conditioning methods can be useful to beginner athletes; however, there are many tricks and tools that a coach can use to build strength and power.
In this workshop, Danny will guide you through a range of advanced strength training methods to unlock an athletes strength and power potential.
Dr Alan Ruddock | BOXING SCIENCE
Alan has a PhD in sport science from Sheffield Hallam University, is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (FBASES), a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Dr Ruddock has worked with Olympians, Paralympians and World Champions in a range of sports for over ten years and provided sport science support to boxers in more than 15 world-title fights. In 2021 Alan was honoured with the prestigious BASES Applied Practitioner award that recognises outstanding and innovative delivery in applied sport and exercise science.
Advanced Conditioning Methods for Boxing
In this presentation, Alan dissects what it takes to win at an elite level and presents the case for why high-intensity conditioning is crucial to high performance in combat sports. After Alan’s presentation, you’ll have the knowledge and understanding to apply the Boxing Science conditioning methods to your own coaching and training.
Ian Gatt | GB BOXING
Ian has been a sports physiotherapist for over 20 years, with considerable time spent managing the sports science & medical services for the Great Britain Boxing programme. He has attended all major events supporting elite athletes on their path to success through Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020, and current Paris 2024 Olympic cycles.
Ian is an upper limb injury specialist with the prestigious English Institute of Sport (EIS) providing an advisory role to Olympic and Paralympic sports. He provides private specialist consultations on upper limb injuries in the UK and overseas. Further, he is the physiotherapist/cutman with Team Anthony Joshua.
Upper Limb Injuries in Boxing; Bridging the gap between the medical team and coaches
The hand, wrist and upper-limb are amongst the most common sites of injury in boxers. This isn’t surprising given the repetitive trauma sustained by the upper limbs throughout camp and the acute trauma observed during competition.
Considering the high prevalence of hand and wrist injuries in boxing, how can strength training be used as a protective mechanism against hand and wrist injuries, what are some of the training considerations that need to be addressed to reduce the risk of hand and wrist injuries and what type of strength exercises can be included in a boxers program to increase stability and strength of the hand and wrist?
In this workshop – Ian will deliver an educational and practical coaching workshop with a range of exercises and strategies to strengthen and protect the upper limb for boxing.
Dr Pete Olusoga | Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Pete Olusoga C.Psychol kicked off the conference with the ‘Mindset of Champions’, an in-depth interview with two of our professional champions to gain a deeper insight to the mental aspects to successful performance in Boxing. How to stay motivated, how to deal with setbacks, how to deal with pressure and what it takes to win?
This was with our very own Jordan Gill and Lerrone Richards, both Commonwealth and European champions, with British, International and IBO world titles to add to the collection. This was one of the most popular workshop of the weekend, and the perfect start to kickstart the Boxing Science Conference.
Dan Lawrence | PERFORM 365
Dan is Head of Performance at the Matchroom Boxing gym, working with Joe Cordina, John Ryder, Conor Benn and many more. He also is the strength and conditioning coach for Josh Taylor, being an integral part of the team leading to Taylor’s undisputed light-welterweight title win in May 2021.
Dan has been a Strength & Conditioning coach in boxing for over 8 years and coached across the full spectrum of amateur national champions, all the way through to World Champions such as George Groves.
Building a better athlete
Dan presents an overview on his holistic approach to improving an athletes performance. This will include his strategies, philosophies and frameworks to help guide his methods to improve strength, speed and fitness. Furthermore, Dan taps into the aspects away from the gym to help boost performance, including psychological processes and recovery methods.
Lee Rickards | BOXING SCIENCE
Lee is a performance nutritionist who works in professional football and boxing. He is a practitioner registrant of the sport and exercise nutrition register (SENR), ISAK accredited to perform accurate body composition testing, and has an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science. Lee is also undertaking a PhD in the use of polyphenols and exercise induced muscle damage.
Fight Week Nutrition for Boxing
Fight week is the most important stage of training camp. This is when you need to ensure everything is correct as there’s little room for error in your training and nutrition. There is a saying that many athletes and coaches use… “YOU DON’T PLAY BOXING”
Boxing is a dangerous sport therefore, we implement an evidence-based approach to get our athletes in the best possible shape to make the sport as safe as possible. You certainly shouldn’t play at making weight as severe weight cuts can be detrimental to an athlete’s health.
This is why we share our evidence-based methods and use body mass guidelines to help ensure safe and effective weight-making processes for professional and amateur boxing,
Rob Madden | Physiotherapist
Rob is a physiotherapist with a special interest in spinal dysfunction, IMS acupuncture needling and sport-specific rehabilitation. Rob currently splits his time between his clinic at CHHP and working in elite sport as a performance coach. Over the years, Rob has worked in boxing, Formula 1, golf, football and Olympic winter sports.
Rob qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Bristol UWE and also holds a diploma in sports massage and a Masters level certificate in acupuncture. Before joining the CHHP team, Rob worked in various high-level sports, private practice, NHS outpatients and inpatient rehab. Rob has undertaken a variety of additional postgraduate training, including spinal manipulation and diagnostic ultrasound imaging. He has written pieces on the topic of warm-up and stretching and currently runs and teaches sports taping courses around London and the UK.
Optimisation of the Boxer’s Neck: Building a robust and high performing spine
Having a strong neck is essential for boxing. A stronger neck will help transfer the torque and force received when taking punches which can help to minimise the risk of concussion.
Most concussions occur when there is a sudden increase in torque around the head and neck. This can occur when a boxer is hit, without being braced or aware of the incoming punch.
This educational and practical workshop will give you the tools to build a robust, high-performance neck and spine. Rob shares numerous screening and practical exercises to help you integrate Neck training into your program.
Gary Hutt | GB Boxing
Over the past 15-years, Gary has amassed experience across the length and breadth of the fitness industry. He has worked across all levels of sport, parasport, and physical activity in higher education and general population sectors, as well as supported NGB’s directly to prepare athletes for elite performance. Gary joined the EIS as Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach with GB Boxing and multisport at the beginning of 2019, where he has been responsible for guiding the physical preparation strategy for elite amateur boxers in the Tokyo and Paris Olympic Games.
GB Boxing Strength and Conditioning for the 2020 Olympics
Gary will share his experiences of working with GB Boxing in the build-up to world championships and Olympic games. He will share training methods for high-intensity conditioning, strength training and mobility. These have been delivered in challenging circumstances, with large groups, congested competition schedule and Covid-19. This session will provide you with a unique insight into the preparations that helped GB Boxing win six medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.