(PG-13: Language) Michael Reeves is really bad at boxing. Regardless, he signed up for the Creator Clash, then came up with the worst possible method of training – a set of TENS machines programmed to shock his muscles into action by zapping his nerves with electricity. He also turned his friends into Rock’em Sock’em sparring robots.
You might remember Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots from when you were a kid. For his Maker’s Secret Santa gift this year, engineer James Bruton made a pair of robots that do battle with their fists. Somebody already knocked their blocks off, though. Stick around to the end to see the fun gift James scored.
Vintage pictures of boxers often show fighters standing in this silly “fisticuffs” stance. But that position served a purpose, as Primo – Boxing explains in this short video. Basically, the lower arm protected the torso since gloveless fighters took way more body blows and aimed for the head less frequently to prevent broken hands.
Santos “Frenchie” Ramos opened his Williamsburg, Brooklyn gym in 1976, and continued to work tirelessly for more than 43 years to keep his dream alive. This short documentary by Mark Cersosimo and Aissa Claveria paints an endearing portrait of the Brooklyn legend and the mark he left on his community.
Known to many as The Mountain on Game of Thrones, Hafþór Björnsson spent more than a decade as a Strongman. But since becoming The World’s Strongest Man, he is reshaping his career and his body to become a professional boxer. Pete Banks’ short documentary explores what motivates the mighty Hafþór.
When we first watched this video of Kickboxer Pavel Trussov showing how fast he can punch, we thought it was sped up. It’s not. This guy really did manage 334 to perform full-extension punches in just one minute, setting a Guinness World Record in the process. Give him 3 minutes, and he can manage 919 punches.
Quell is a wearable device that provides a resistance-based upper body workout while you play a video game. As you punch, its motion tracking sensors detect your movements and let you knock out foes on screen. The game plays on PC, Mac, or mobile device, which can then be connected to your TV screen.
These high tech boxing gloves have built-in 6-axis motion sensors that work with a mobile app to track your performance as you jab, cross, hook, and uppercut. And to prove that they’re badass, they feature interactive lighting effects that provide real time feedback on your workout.
The story of boxing great Roberto Durán , the upstart Panamanian who rose from the streets to defeat then Welterweight champion Sugar Ray Leonard, then infamously forfeited the rematch mid-bout. With a pro record of 103 wins in 119 fights, he’s still one of the best of all time.