Safety In White Collar Boxing – Ultra White Collar Boxing


Safety In White Collar Boxing

Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) is the largest organiser of white collar boxing events in the UK. Since the first event in December 2009, over 62,000 people have stepped through the ropes and boxed at one of our events. That’s 62,000 people that have become fitter, healthier and no doubt engaged their families in physical activity. In turn, helping them to become fitter and healthier.

Boxing gets a tough time from the media. Whenever there is an injury there are calls for it to be banned, but statistically, if you look at serious injuries boxing is safer than cycling and rugby. We think this is due to excellent safety precautions at events.

“Statistically, if you look at serious injuries boxing is safer than cycling and rugby”

As with anything some events are more safety conscious than others. In this article, we will only be talking about the positive steps UWCB take to ensure we make our events as safe as realistically and practically possible. We feel our events offer a ‘gold standard’ in safety and this has been verified by doctors, neurosurgeons and many other professional bodies that have reviewed our practices. To our knowledge, we are also the only white collar boxing organisation to have insurance for participants. Our insurance is supplied by Bluefin who insure many national governing bodies and is paid for by UWCB at no cost to participants.

Participant at a UWCB event

Below we will list some of our safety measures:

  • All participants train together for 8 weeks and are matched fairly based on weight, height, fitness and ability. We do this to ensure that all our boxers are matched fairly. The trainers get an opportunity to assess everyone across the 8 week period and ensure it is a fair bout.
  • 16oz gloves and head guards – UWCB have gloves specifically made for our events with a higher density ‘safe spar’ foam. This is to ensure maximum protection for participants. Headguards further reduce impact and help to avoid cuts.
  • Pre-bout medical checks – all participants receive a medical before they box to check their suitability. If there is an issue then the participants are not permitted to take part in the event.
  • Post-bout medical checks – all participants receive a medical immediately after their bout. This checks for any injuries and will alert the medics to any potential problems.
  • Qualified referees – the majority of UWCB referees are ex AIBA or BBBOC qualified. All of which have attended the UWCB refereeing course.
  • Risk assessments and checks prior to and at all events – We fill out and retain a folder prior to every event to ensure that our events are consistently safe.

“We feel our events offer a ‘gold standard’ in safety. This has been verified by doctors, neurosurgeons and many other professional bodies”

We then carry out random quality control checks to verify that all our events are in line with our health and safety practices.

UWCB take the decision to make our events as safe as possible. There is no recognised governing body and no other organisation must follow our protocols.

Are you or a friend considering taking part in a White Collar Boxing event? Then you should do it with the longest established, biggest organisation in the UK which is UWCB.

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19 thoughts on “Safety In White Collar Boxing

  1. Just want to say as a referee who has refereed hundreds of uwcb , ive also refed semi pro and various other organisations. I can honestly say uwcb is by far the safest boxing to do , as refs we ensure your safe at all times our job is made easier because your matched evenly. We also as refs spot any distress signs that nobody else would , if your struggling to control your breathing i personally will give you a standing count to see if you get your breathing under control if not and I’m not happy about it i will stop your contest your health and safety comes before anything else also the paramedics are the best in the business first class .people who like my self have your wellbeing in mind all the time your in that ring i could go on but won’t, ill finish by saying I’ve refed 1000’s of bouts but none come up to the standard of uwcb trust my word on that .I’ve seen the very bad side of boxing all over england but never at an uwcb event so sign up you will be fine and looked after from day one onwards you will love it……steve.

  2. Hello, I am Taher Davar, I won the heavyweight championship and 80 amateur competitions. I won 6 semi-professional competitions and I am interested in traveling to your country for the competition.

  3. Hi can I ask why these white collar promotions can’t provide an on site ambulance and more importantly oxygen at their events?
    We know it is a requirement for professional shows to have an ambulance and oxygen on site, and considering none of the participants are getting a financial payment in way of a wage…….to say this isn’t financially viable is a lie…….. if you truly want to provide the safest possible way for the general public to box you would provide this service. I look forward to hearing your reply.

    1. Thanks for the question, at all UWCB events we provide a fully equipped front line ambulance (with oxygen), paramedic and 2 x technician. All participants wear 16oz gloves and head guards and all referees are qualified. We absolutely have the participants safety at heart and do everything possible to ensure our events are as safe as possible.

  4. Can you use your own headgaurd and gloved as with this coronavirus about it can not be safe to share.son is fighting next week

  5. I have recently become really interested in boxing as away of staying fit. I’ve done a few boxercise classes but am keen to learn the correct forms and the rules and etiquette of fighting. I don’t want to get hurt though! Is UWCB the right thing for me do you think?

    1. Hi Sue,
      Great news to hear of your new fitness journey and interest in boxing. UWCB is aimed at people of all abilities and all age groups over 18. We encourage you to sign up to an event close to you and attend the welcome meeting. The area rep will be able to give you more information and answer any questions that you may have.

      You can find a location close to you on our locations page. If you haven’t already, watch our short testimonial video from others that have taken part in our events.

      If you have any other questions, please get in touch using our contact form here and a member of our team will be able to help.

  6. Hi. I’m 57. A bit overweight, not especially fit My son Who dies MMA Jiu Jitsu etc is trying to persuade me to sign up
    Am I to old for this do I need to reach a better level of fitness prior to the 8 weeks training ? themost I do at the moment is go on long walks with the dog
    I am not sure this is right for me

    1. Hello Ian,

      I am glad to see you are thinking about taking part in one of our events. Our training and events are aimed at people of all fitness levels, you will have nothing to worry about. If you sign up, you shall be sent information about the first meeting, I encourage you to go along to this and meet the reps and trainers. Any remaining questions or concerns can be answered for you there.

    1. Hello David,

      Please get in touch via our contact page here a member of our team will be able to give you all the information that you need.

    2. Hello, I am Tahir Davar, the world boxing and martial arts champion and the head coach of the national team, and I will travel to visit you and your clubs

  7. Hi there I wear glasses as I’m short sighted and have a partial slipped disc lower of my back but it’s under control but is this a negative impact on me to box

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