Shadow Boxing: UBF introduces new form of ‘virtual boxing competition’

Boxing and its participants have suffered the impact of the Coronavirus crisis especially the athletes who have had their respective competitions paused and are waiting for the green light to resume.

The case of boxing is that it is another sport that has also had its own share of the impact following the postponement of the 2020 Olympics qualifiers and the final event.

The Preparation for the athletes awaiting the qualifiers and the main event has taken a massive hit from this period which forced the country into a state of lockdown which has lasted for more than two months.

In an attempt to bring out athletes not only from their physical environment confines but also from their mental confines, the Uganda Boxing Federation has introduced a new form of boxing event which is aimed at awakening the boxers from their confines, involve the general public and as well market the sport as the fight against COVID-19 continues.

The Shadow Boxing challenge is aimed at promoting the sport and as well inspire the boxing community in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenge will be the first of its kind and all Ugandans who would wish to don boxing gloves are eligible to take part. It is open to all – women and men of all categories.

While sport is yet to return to Uganda, with strict measures against massive gatherings, this form of boxing does not seek to bring about massive gatherings either.

There will be no sparring, no ring, and activities will be completely away from the usual normal.
The UBF is not considering calling out boxers from their homes neither are they looking to stage another competition in the format of a national open.

UBF President Moses Muhangi says they are targeting the general public by using the virtual online media to promote and expand the Ugandan boxing fanbase.

The challenge is scheduled to start on the 15th and end on the 19th of June 2020 where participants will post their videos via UBF’s Facebook page and use other associated (UBF’s) social media platforms to rally for support.

The UBF president, Moses Muhangi is positive and expects the challenge to help keep the Olympic bound boxers to keep fit.

Our main aim is to engage our Boxers so we can help them continue training and keep fit.

It is on record that shadow boxing is used in daily training sessions and is one of the most important parts of preparing before a bout.

Most boxing coaches ask athletes to shadow box at the beginning of a training session to get their muscles ready for activity.

The Federation is also looking to involve the general public in the sport.

“We are also targeting the general public where there are many amateur boxers, professionals, and the public as we engage our fans who would wish to try out the sport,” said Muhangi.

The challenge will also be used to give back to the communities through prize money attached to the best performance. The UBF has organized cash prizes worth Shs. 2.5m where the winner will walk away with Shs. 1m, first runners up with Shs. 750,000 and the second runner up Shs. 500.000. The third runners-up will take Shs. 250,000.

How to participate

Everyone who would wish to take part in the ShadowBoxing challenge can follow the steps below.

Step One

Record a 30 seconds video clip with a combination of different techniques and punches while shadowboxing.

This includes the Jab punches, Hook punch (left and right), Uppercut, and Footwork are key.

Step Two

Like the Uganda Boxing Federation Facebook page and post your video on their timeline. The Uganda Boxing Federation pages on Instagram and Twitter are key in your winning if you follow and mention them in your video.

Step Three

The winner will be decided by the judgment of the social media likes which will contribute 40% and the UBF technical committee will take up the 60.

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