If two fighters were going to have a boxing fight, you would imagine it would take place in a boxing ring. After all, that would make perfect sense.
You wouldn’t assume for the life of you it would be in an old-fashioned red telephone box.
Well, just when you thought there couldn’t be any more bizarre combat sports ideas, promoters are hosting phone booth boxing events.
And YES, you read that right, boxing fights are now taking place in what’s called Phone-Booth-Boxing. Suppose, at least the unwanted phone boxes are going to some use.
So, what is phone booth boxing?
Phone booth boxing is a sport originating in Russia in which two boxers fight in a phone booth. The phone booth is a small, enclosed space with no room for dodging or running. The boxers must use their fists and elbows to attack and defend themselves.
The first boxer to knock the other out or force them to surrender wins the match. The phone box doesn’t have a phone inside which could be used to hit each other and it also doesn’t have any glass panels, this is so neither fighter will risk getting cut and so the referee can reach through to try and break up the fight when need be.
Phone booth boxing is a dangerous sport, and there have been injuries associated with it. However, it is becoming a popular sport in Russia, and there are many people who enjoy the challenge and excitement of fighting in such a small space.
What are the rules to phone booth boxing?
The Russian promotion Punch Box has very few rules with weight classes being almost non-existent, as slim guys have faced quite larger sized men. Both fighters start by facing away from each other. Then, as soon as the bell goes, they turn around and begin hitting their opponent.
Check out Punch Box’s Instagram page here: https://instagram.com/punchclub_official?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
Will Phone Booth boxing be popular?
As much as we would like to say this craze will only be around for a short time, crazier things have happened. No one would have probably thought UFC president Dana White would start a Slap-Fight promotion.
However, with the fact a fight in a telephone box certainly won’t do well as a spectators sport, it is limited to how far it can go. We are sure the novelty will soon wear off.
If you are considering trying phone booth boxing, it is important to be aware of the risks and to take all necessary precautions.
You should wear protective gear, such as gloves and a helmet, and you should only fight with experienced boxers.
You should also be aware of the signs of concussion and seek medical attention if you experience any of them.