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How To Build a Homemade Boxing Ring

Updated on November 21, 2016

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You just need a few tools to build a boxing ring and then you can spar and practice footwork. Always make sure your ring is in proper working condition.
You just need a few tools to build a boxing ring and then you can spar and practice footwork. Always make sure your ring is in proper working condition. | Source
Boxing rings can be made with a few tools, common sense and a little elbow grease. Next thing you know you have got the so- called "squared circle".
Boxing rings can be made with a few tools, common sense and a little elbow grease. Next thing you know you have got the so- called "squared circle". | Source
A hammer is an essential tool to have when building a boxing ring. Just make sure and not hammer your thumb or fingers.
A hammer is an essential tool to have when building a boxing ring. Just make sure and not hammer your thumb or fingers. | Source

Constructing a Boxing Ring

Items you will need to make your own personal boxing ring.

1. Two or Three Old Mattresses: The Mattresses are for floor support

2. Thin Boards (2 X 2's work well): If the ring is going to be outside then get weatherproof wood.

3. Nails (a box of around 200): or you can use screws if you, can afford to go that route.

4. Cordless Drill: (or you will need a long extension cord) I would recommend a cordless drill. This is just much easier to use.

5. Hammer: You would need a hammer if you chose to use nails. It might be a good idea for this project to just have a hammer available for use.

6. Rope: You can get four very long ropes or several smaller ropes to make the ring ropes. Make sure they are secure so the boxer can not lean back on them or even worse fall through them.

7. Four 4x4s: These wood slats make the base of the ring floor so be meticulous doing this step.

8. Corner Braces: Braces are a major part of this project especially where safety is concerned.

First of all, you need to determine the size of your squared circle before getting started. Recommended sizes to simulate real ring sizes would be 16,18 and 20 foot rings. You of course, can make your boxing ring any size that you want but, these are regulation sizes for the amateur and professional game. Always measure correctly so that your ring is not off in any form.

Take four 4 X 4 boards and make an eighteen foot square. After that, take 2 old mattresses and lay them in the center for the flooring. Then get an eighteen by eighteen plywood boards to lay over the mattresses. Now you need to get four eighteen foot 2 X 4's. The boards needs to be placed on top of the mattresses. You will need to cut the boards so that they are not hanging off the mattresses. It will take between 5-7 strategically placed support boards between the plywood and the mattresses. Nail the support boards underneath the plywood that is on top of your mattress. Start at one 4 x 4 posts. The posts are concreted in an eighteen foot squares that are concreted into the yard. On each corner post, drill four holes going vertically down. Then, rope from pillar to post in the ring. Make sure the rope is at least one inch in thickness so that when you are sparring it does not break. Use potato sack cloths over the ropes so as not to get rope burn.

Protect Your Ring: The cheapest way to protect you ring is going to be putting water sealant on the flooring and wooden corner posts. Another good idea is to put a tarp over the ring when it's not in use to protect it from weather damage. Always cover your ring during storms or any other event that may damage your squared circle.

After you put all this together, your makeshift ring should be complete. It is advisable to jump up and down on the ring to make sure that there are not any soft spots in the wood, For your safety, it is important to make sure that your squared circle is safe and in working order before using it. You can adjust the measurements if you would like a smaller ring or a larger squared circle for that matter.

* If you have ever built a homemade boxing ring or owned a boxing ring period I would live to hear from you. Leave your comments in the capsule located at the bottom of this sports article.

The Squared Circle

A boxing ring should be safe when it is put together so that the boxers will not get injured. You have to pay extra for padding and ring ropes.
A boxing ring should be safe when it is put together so that the boxers will not get injured. You have to pay extra for padding and ring ropes. | Source

Setting Up a Boxing Ring

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Boxing Is The Real Deal

If you are just going to slug and hope for the best then boxing is not for you. You can get hurt in boxing by being reckless and acting unprofessional in your approach. Only attempt boxing when supported by a boxing coach. Always learn the basics long before you ever enter a ring for sparring or competition. It's a serious sport and it's important to know the fundamentals such as stance, footwork, jab and basic defense. And remember the number one rule in the sport of boxing which is "Protect yourself at all times". There is no time outs in boxing, no back ups that can take a fighter's place when he is hurt. Boxing is the hardest of all full contact sports and only fully trained boxers should partake in it.

How To Construct a Homemade Ring

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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