Book review: Workouts from Boxing’s Greatest Champs

For this boxing book review, I chose one that deals more with boxers’ day to day routine rather than the history of the sport like my previous book review.  The book I’ve chosen is Workouts from Boxing’s Greatest Champs by Gary Todd.  The book was published in 2005 by Ulysses Press.  Lets take a look.

For those of you that enjoy the training side of the sport of boxing, this book is for you.  It starts out with a brief history of the author and his journey into the world of boxing.  You learn that he has never fought in a boxing match, but he has many rounds of sparring under his belt against professionals & amateur boxers.  He has spent a good portion of his life training in a boxing gym.  Gary Todd’s  major interest is in training hence the reason for the book.


The rest of the book consists of short interviews with current (for 2005) and former world champion boxers followed by a typical day of training.  Keep in mind, this is the type of training these boxers do to stay in shape and to stay sharp, not the type in which they go away from a training camp in preparation for a major fight.

You’ll find many similarities between each fighter’s training routine, but the interviews allows the reader to see what kind of diet they use and hobbies they keep when they are outside of the gym.

The book is loaded with photos.  That is a plus in my eyes.  Another plus is the simple of set-up of the book.  It’s easy to find a boxer of interest, see their training routine and try it yourself.

Get this book if training is your thing.  Heck, if you like to learn a little something about boxers like Ricardo Lopez, Fernando Vargas, Chris Byrd, or even Mike McCallum, then those interviews Gary Todd conducted will be of interest.

About the Author

Justin M. Salvato
Justin M. Salvato is the creator & owner of BOXING 4 FREE. He's a former amateur boxer, former USA Boxing coach, and former boxing fitness instructor. These days he enjoys vintage computing, retro video games, and talking tech. He also writes a blog about the Coleco ADAM computer and Life with Microsoft.

2 Comments on "Book review: Workouts from Boxing’s Greatest Champs"

  1. david wardell | August 3, 2018 at 9:58 PM | Reply

    how do i get my boxing skills better and how do i get boxer fit any workout ideas you can help me with ?

    • Sorry for the late reply. Nothing is more important than getting the basics down. Drilling the basics is at the top of the list. For example, throwing a jab, cross, hook, cross then rolling (bob & weave) over & over while shadow boxing is one example. Nothing, besides sparring beats pad work. Check out the pad work videos on the site and YouTube page to get some ideas. Heck, try repeating it. As for workout ideas, we do have a section on the site for that, but the main points are mixing up distance running one day, with short, track work another day. Free weights, not machines, but even better exercises utilizing pull ups, chin ups, push ups, burpees will take your fitness to another level.

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