2020 had a lot of promise for boxing fans but unfortunately fell short of realising any of its potential thanks to that pesky coronavirus and the effects it’s had on sport across the world. Christmas, then, is the time for us to cheer them up - it’s not been the best year but at least we can send them into 2021 raring to go once again.
Treat the fight fan in your life to one of these five excellent boxing Christmas gift ideas and it’s sure to put a smile on their face…
Tyson Fury Christmas Jumper, £20.00
If you were paying attention to the boxing this weekend you might have caught heavyweight Tyson Fury wearing one of the newest additions to his Gypsy King merchandise range, a Christmas jumper, as he called out Anthony Joshua following the latter’s win at the weekend. The jumper comes emblazoned with Fury’s face and the words “You Big Dosser.” You can pick one of these bad boys up for just £20 but the look on your nan’s face at Christmas dinner will be priceless.
Rocky: The Complete Films, £600
The Rocky series has encapsulated fans for more than 40 years and this box-office book from Taschen delivers everything you need to know and more about the franchise.
Featuring a foreword by and interviews with Sly Stallone himself, it packs a punch more fearsome than Clubber Lang, and would make a worthy addition to any Rocky aficionado’s coffee table. The Collector’s Editions (No. 51–1,976) are all numbered and signed by Stallone, each with a print of his painting Finding Rocky (1975) and a 36-page Rocky notebook facsimile. Oh, and Rocky knocked Ivan Drago out on Christmas Eve in Rocky IV, so it’s festive too.
Yearly DAZN Subscription, £1.99/Per Month
“The Netflix of Sport” has finally arrived in the UK and with Gennady Golovkin, Canelo, Callum Smith, Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell all fighting between now and January 3rd, and the promise of even more in 2021, the boxing fan in your life will appreciate this gift all year round. And at just £1.99, you don’t even have to break the bank.
Adidas Box Hog 3, £85
You might know someone who is planning to take up boxing in the new year once we’re unshackled from the restrictions of Covid and for that they’ll need a decent pair of boxing shoes to get started - look no further than the adidas Box Hog 3, which are ideal for newcomers to the sweet science. Lightweight and durable, the lucky recipient of these will be bouncing around the ring like a prime Ali in no time.
Boxing Reflex Ball, £12.99
Perhaps you know someone who’s been boxing for a while now and wants to take their fisticuffs up to the next level. Perfect for those Christmas stockings, the Alliance Athletic Boxing Reflex Ball is the best workout you can get for anyone trying to work on their reactions and speed. It’s not just for intermediate boxers finessing their craft though, in fact it’s a killer cardio workout for anyone who fancies it.