Mini biography - Steve Molitor

Canadian born, Steve Molitor, also known as the Canadian Kid, is a professional boxer who began his boxing career at the age of nine. A former Super Bantamweight champion, he has won 29 of his 30 career fights.

In 2002, his most notable win was beating former Olympian Scotty Olson for the Canadian Super Bantamweight title. That same year he won the Commonwealth Bantamweight championship against Nicky Booth. In 2004, he defeated Hugo Dianzo for the NABA North American title. He has since been winning, with the exception of the WBA title in 2008 against Celestino Caballero of Panama.

Steve has joined the IDMA program to provide our members with valuable and strategic boxing lessons. The IDMA team is thrilled to have this grand champion.

Boxing History

Although many styles of boxing exist, the general aim of this contact sport is to fist fight an opponent of similar weight until he/she is knocked down and unable to get up, or the opponent is too injured to fight on.

Boxing was first reported to have existed around 3000 BC in Sumerian. It was also found in ancient Greece and Egyptian eras around 2000 BC. It had officially been accepted into the Olympic Games as early as 688 BC.

Back then, instead of gloves, leather straps were used on the hands and wrists for protection. Around the 18th century, there existed a type of boxing called 'prizefighting' where fighters fought bare-knuckled. Early boxing had no rules, meaning no weight divisions, no round limits, and no referees. In the 1700s, the first boxing rules were introduced that were called the London Prize Ring rules to prevent fighters from being killed. This was also the time when a form of padded gloves were introduced. England had banned bare-knuckle fights in the late 1800s due to excessive bodily harm.

During the nineteenth century, boxing was outlawed in England and much of the USA for its brutality. Only in the twentieth century did it again receive legitimacy and was regulated.

About Boxing

A boxing match typically has up to 12 three-minute rounds. Each boxer enters into the ring from their assigned corners at the beginning of each round and must cease fighting and return to their corner at the signaled end of every round. The fighter with the highest score at the end of the fight is declared the winner by the judges. A knockout is when a fighter gets knocked down by the other fighter. The fighter down is given to the count of ten to get on his/her feet again or the fight is ruled as a knockout win.

The basic rules are no pushing, biting, holding, spitting, kicking, head-butting, hitting below the belt, or wrestling. Only the knuckles of the closed fist can be used to hit. Other areas off-limits are the kidneys and the back of the neck and head. The golden rule in boxing is, when a fighter is down, the other fighter must immediately cease fighting.

Like with most sports, boxing is done on an amateur and professional level, which varies considerably from each other. Amateur boxing measures the number of clean blows landed rather than physical damage and is usually much shorter in fighting length. Amateurs must also wear head gear where at the professional level headgear is not permitted and neither are shirts and protective chest wear.

Like most sports, equipment is needed not only to perform the sport but also for protection. Hand/wrist wraps and boxing gloves are worn to protect the skin and bones in the hands. Mouth guards are there to protect the teeth, gums, and jaw. Punching bags are used for practice and these bags vary in size and shape to develop specific skills in the area of power, punching and reflexes. Other equipment used for training are jump ropes, medicine balls, weights, and rowing machines.

There are four basic punches that exist in boxing: jab, straight right/left, hook, and uppercut. These can be used singularly or a combination of them thrown in rapid succession.

Defensive techniques are used to evade or block punches. These include: slip, sway, break, bob and weave, blocking, covering, and clinching.

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