Eastbourne Chiropractor and Boxing Coach
Hi, its Chris your Eastbourne chiropractor and boxing coach.
Some of you may know and some may not! But I have a passion for boxing.
Before becoming a chiropractor in Eastbourne, I was a boxer and boxing coach in Southampton. I was not a professional but an amateur boxer. I competed in championships across the country and coached people of all ages and ability.
My passion to help others led me to becoming a boxing coach.
This blog shares some of my background in boxing, and work as a boxing coach. I’ve also included some of my old photos for a bit of fun too.
Growing up I wasn’t from a particularly sporty family.
But boxing was always on the Tele. My family would all watch the big fights! Especially if Frank Bruno and Chris Eubank were fighting!
Nobody in our family had any background to push me to take part, we just enjoyed watching it. This is where my love of boxing started.
But to watch boxing back then I had to find old VHS tapes, no YouTube!
My parents didn’t let me go to a boxing gym until I was sixteen, even though I pestered them all the time about going. I understand they thought I’d get hurt or it would be too rough for me. But they were wrong!
My First Time in a Boxing Gym
Nothing can explain that first time walking into a boxing gym!
The sound of gloves hitting punch bags!
I loved it straight away.
I went with a friend. Neither of us had ever been before. But we went up to one of the boxing coaches and explained it was our first-time there. The coaches were great. They showed us the basics of boxing from how to stand, how to move and how to throw proper punches.
I was hooked! From that moment I started to spend three days a week in the gym for the next year.
My First Year as a Boxer
I entered my first boxing match after a year of training. I was seventeen and felt really ready for it. It all seems a blur now, but I was full of adrenalin.
I went into the ring buzzing, and luckily won my first fight! That was a feeling that you can’t describe!
During my second year of boxing, I had six fights. I won three and lost three.
The losses were hard, but part of life. As the saying goes: “It’s not how many times you get knocked down that counts, it’s how many times you get back up again!”
I still loved boxing, but the gym was full of champions, getting attention and guidance from coaches was hard.
I boxed in various competitions across the South Coast – but never in Eastbourne.
When I Became a Boxing Coach
In 2009 I became a boxing coach.
I started out teaching young kids, showing them the fundamentals of boxing. As I gained more experience as a boxing coach, I started taking a more active role in coaching a number of different boxers.
Some of the boxers had great potential and it was exciting to help them develop.
As a coach I have trained boxers that have gone on to win multiple national titles and even assisted in the coaching of a European Gold Medallist.
Coaching is my passion! And I am always happy to talk about it!
Giving Boxing One More Try
I’d taken a step back from my own boxing career for a while. But then in 2010 I met a new coach Kev Bell.
We worked together coaching boxers and became great friends. Kev’s a great guy. We’ve had lots of fun times and he’s been there for me when I needed him.
Kev had made up his mind that I should return to the ring myself. After a few years of pestering, he convinced me to have another go.
Kev took on the dubious task of being my new boxing coach.
I’ve found that there are a lot of lessons from boxing that can be applied to life in general. One of the lessons Kev taught me is that preparation is the key to success.
I later applied that mentality to my Chiropractic Studies at AECC University College.
After lots of hard training I made my comeback in September 2014.
I boxed for the next few years becoming the Novice Southern County Champion. I also reached the National Semi-Final and multiple southern area finals.
The confidence I gained during this time, eventually gave me the courage to take a huge leap and go to University, to study chiropractic.
Becoming a Chiropractor in Eastbourne
If you’d like to find out more about my background and why I became a chiropractor in Eastbourne then check out our Meet the Team page here.
Would You Like to Find Out More
If you are a boxer, or are interested in boxing and live in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Seaford or the local area, and would like to see a chiropractor who has a background in boxing and understands what you go through in training, feel free to contact me at Lushington Chiropractic or call 01323 722499.
Your Eastbourne Chiropractor Chris
Chris Spacagna Doctor of Chiropractic
Registered with the General Chiropractic Council
Member of the British Chiropractic Association
Doctor of Chiropractic is a Courtesy Title and Does Not Imply Medical Qualification
By Chris Spacagna
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