Choosing Your Right Boxing
Glove Size and Handwraps
When picking out a pair
of boxing gloves, choosing one that best fits
your hand is not exactly the right criteria
you should follow. Try putting on handwraps
underneath the gloves. 120" handwraps
are right for small hands. For medium to large
hands, you will want 170" or longer.
Why bother with handwraps?
When boxing, you will need to support your
wrist and thum to protect your bones and tendons
from injury. It is important that you always
wrap your hands before working out or boxing.
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Women's Boxing News
Raging beauty: one-time female
boxing champ is winning bouts in sports management
Black Enterprise, Dec, 2004 by Zakiyyah El-Amin
Six years ago, former boxing champion Isra Girgrah
Wynn (a.k.a. "The Raging Beauty") and
husband Marry Wynn came together to showcase their
latest main event, Raging Promotions Inc. The sports
and entertainment management company specializes
in boxing events and services a roster of clients,
including professional boxers Darnell Wilson and
Jimmy Lange. The Largo, Maryland-based firm also
promotes performances by entertainers such as Justin
Timberlake, Ja Rule, and Christina Aguilera.
The firm's first independent boxing event was at
the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New
Jersey. The duo received $50,000 up front from the
venue and were later compensated another $40,000
in ticket sales. The funds covered expenses for
the boxers' undercards (purses), medical bills,
liability insurance, and the boxing commission.
The event brought in a $55,000 profit. Last year,
the 15-employee firm had $270,000 in revenues and
projects $850,000 this year.
The company was launched as a way for Marry to help
manage Isra's career as well as a means to help
other fighters become more informed about the industry.
"Many boxers are told to simply fight and not
be concerned about their contracts or any other
part of the business," explains Isra, who earned
a degree in biology from Queen's University in Canada
before moving to Atlanta in 1994. During that same
year, while working part time in security, she developed
a keen interest in boxing to stay in shape. She
had no intention of competing in the sport professionally.
But that soon changed. Isra picked up the skill
easily and was urged by others at the gym to go
pro. She went on to win her first IBF lightweight
title in February 1995. The five-time world champion
was later signed under Don King Productions.
Prior to becoming a promoter, Marry worked as a
computer analyst for the federal government and
owned two salons/barber shops. The couple met at
a boxing event in Washington, D.C. New to the arena,
Marty immersed himself in all aspects of the business
and worked closely with industry legends such as
Gary Shaw and Don King. Describing the industry
as fast-paced and cutthroat, Raging Promotions'
CEO explains, "There is a lot of jealousy between
promoters.... Competition is severe, and there are
times when other promoters may try to take over
Getting respect as a woman in the Industry is another
challenge. "Casinos, networks, and promoters
have a hard time accepting female boxers because
they are owned predominately by males," adds
Raging Promotions' president, Isra, who hung up
her boxing gloves earlier this year after a 10-year
reign in the sport.
The 32-year-old entrepreneurs are focused on building
the business, which includes breaking negative sexual
stereotypes by managing more talented female boxers.
The duo recently launched Raging TV (www.invisiontv.com/ragingpromotions),
similar to Don King's KingVision, which features
boxing matches for viewers worldwide via the Internet.
The company is all the rage in industry circles.
Showtime TV's veteran ring announcer Bonnie Duncan
has praised the Wynns' ability to successfully compete
as promoters by not only scheduling dates but also
contracting venues to showcase boxers. "As
long as people are talking about us, I know we are
doing something right," says Marty.
Raging Promotions Inc.; P.O. Box 7009, Largo, Maryland
20792; 301-440-0125; www.ragingpromotions.com
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