Factors that could make even the strongest Mayweather fan worry

By now a lot of my social media friends who are Mayweather fans think I am nuts.  I have been analyzing this fight for quite some time.  Some may ask what my experience is. I had fought competitively for 8 years was a two time finalist in the Vermont Golden Gloves and was the 1989 New England Diamond Belt Boxing Champion.  As a mixed martial artist I competed in the Teams Fighting Championships in Latvia ( 5 on 5 fighting).

Many will argue with boxing only rules it does seem like a mismatch, and if Floyd does what Floyd usually does in calling all of the shots it may be.   But if Conor and his team can work the negotiations this could be an extremely competitive fight and here’s how.

  1. Glove Size– Welter weights (147 pounds) can fight with 8 ounce gloves. Anything above Welter weight is 10 ounce gloves.  If they fight at Welter advantage McGregor.
  2. Glove Type– The Reyes gloves are made with horse hair.  They are known as the “punchers glove”.  If McGregor is allowed this type of glove advantage McGregor.
  3. Size of ring– I do believe that the smaller the ring the bigger advantage for Conor, but he does fight in Octagon which is bigger than a ring. But a smaller ring will help McGregor be able to get to Mayweather more often.
  4. This is probably the biggest factor.  Who the referee is will make a huge difference.  Floyd picks the referee, Conor will not be able to get rough in close situations.  He needs a referee that will be let them fight on the inside.

Other factors are the size difference.  Conor is taller, has a reach advantage and by fight time will be the much heavier man.  If the negotiations are worked correctly this could be a very interesting fight.

Keep your hands up,

John “Bones” Shaddock

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Why Do My Elements Of Boxing Workshop In Sykesville Maryland

My boxing workshop will be starting this Saturday April 1st at 4 pm.  The purpose of this workshop is to teach beginners to be able to spar.  Although this is the objective of most coming to this event, I assure you it will not just be people flailing at each other.

They way my brothers and I learned was sink or swim.  We were thrown in the ring on day one, and learned to box the hard way.  I don’t agree with this type of teaching.  What I have done is picked 6 elements of boxing that will enhance your skills and make you better at all aspects of boxing.  Each session is going to focus on a different component of the sweet science.


  1. Advanced Shadow Boxing And Footwork
  2. Advanced Punching Bag Drills
  3. Combination Punching And Using Them On The Bags
  4. Defense
  5. Counter Punching And Reaction Punching
  6. Controlled Technical Sparring

The goal of the workshop is to give people who are novices in boxing a better understanding of what it takes to spar and how to get the best out of your Fitboxing Workouts.  I hope to see you all there.

Keep Your Hands UP,

Johnny “Bones” Shaddock


What Are The Benefits Of A Boxing Workout, In Eldersburg, MD?

If you are looking for a workout that covers all aspects of fitness, mental and physical you will want to look at a boxing workout for yourself.  Money Crashers blog states that the top 5 benefits of a boxing workout are

  1. Enhanced Cardiovascular Health
  2. Improved Total-Body Strength
  3. Better Hand-Eye Coordination
  4. Decreased Stress
  5. Improved Body Composition

Well you found the workout now where to go?   Shaddock MMA Fitness was started with just a simple Fitbox class.  Owner/operator John Shaddock has taken the best cardio boxing exercises and combined them with a variety of punching bags to make for a very unique boxing class.  Since then John has designed a new class called IronBox, which incorporates the best of boxing, with the latest weight training exercises.

If you are wondering about the instructor, John Shaddock has been involved in boxing for over 30 years as a competitor, coach and boxing fitness instructor. He was the New England Diamond Belt boxing champion and a 2 time Vermont State Golden Gloves finalist.  John was also in the health club business for 25 + years .

Come in for a FREE one week trial at Shaddock MMA Fitness.  You will be glad you did.  Just go to shaddockmma.com and check out our great schedule of classes. We hope to see you in the gym.

Price and Value Of Your Fitness and Martial Arts Membership In Sykesville MD

In these economic times, understandably people are looking for the best price in anything.  Sometimes price makes sense.  Everyone likes a deal !  In the case of your health and fitness and self defense, you should really look at the value.  There are a lot of chain health clubs and McDojos out there boasting to be the best but what are you really gaining?

When I compare price to value, it will seem confusing, but here me out.  Is a $30 a month membership to gym you join worth it?   Are you getting service, instruction, and motivation?  If you don’t want or need any of those, then yes $30 per month is awesome.  For the many people I have met who have spent $30 a month and never go, it is wasted money.  At my gym you can train in small groups (10-15), or you can do personal training.  It’s not $30 a month, but you will see results.  What is better health, a slimmer waist line, a lower heart rate worth to you?  Can you put a price on that?

As far as the McDojos, and there are a few in my area, I look at the value in a different way.  I don’t charge for testing, belts etc.  I teach fitness through self defense.  You will learn how to defend yourself and be fit.  I don’t boast a guaranteed black belt in 3 years, but you will learn to defend yourself.  You will have an owner who is the instructor.  An owner who will roll with and spar with you.  You will learn hands on.  Having an owner on site helps to make changes when necessary to make the gym and the customers experience better.

We are not the cheapest fitness center in the area, we are not the most expensive dojo in the area, what I can tell you is we are the best value in the area.  I do hope you will come on in and try my gym.  Go to shaddockmma.com for schedule of classes.

Keep your hands up,

John Shaddock

Owner Shaddock MMA Fitness

Shaddock MMA to changing fitness in Sykesville Maryland

When I started Shaddock MMA I started with a fighting gym.  We had boxers, MMA fighters and a grappling team.  I did enjoy my coaching time but have found that my true passion was the grind.  The training for the fights was what I enjoyed most.   Shaddock MMA is going to become the areas first Fitness Dojo.   Although teaching fitness, we also focus on proper self defense technique.


I started going to a jiujitsu dojo to get in shape and lose weight.  I was on a trade out membership and was teaching his fighters to box and learning jiujitsu.  When he decided to leave the gym, I took over the lease and Shaddock MMA was born.  I find there are many people who don’t like gyms and are looking for a great way to get in shape.  We have all of the great training methods of boxing, Thai boxing, Wrestling, jijjitsu, and other martial arts without the full contact.   If you are older and have always wanted to train like a fighter, but didn’t want to get hit we are the gym for you.


Come on in and check out our variety of classes that NO ONE ELSE HAS as I have created them over the years.  FitBox, GirlBox, IronBox, MMMFit, GrappleFit, CaveFit and coming soon FloFit.  Get in shape while you learn how to defend yourself.  We are still taking in NEW members.   Contact me for more information at Shaddockmma@comcast.net.


Keep Your Hands up,

John “Bones” Shaddock

MMAFit in Sykesville Maryland, a great way to get Fit

If you are bored with weights, treadmills and Zumba then MMAFit is the class for you.   Most pieces of exercise equipment and classes lets face it are boring.  MMAFit combines the workout of combat sports without the contact.

John Shaddock started wrestling at age 3.  To this day the wrestling workout is the most grueling workout in sports.  I would say second to wrestling is boxing.  Both of these sports got me in the best shape of my life.  Having been in some form of combat sports or martial arts I had decided to create a class that combined the best exercises from each form of self defense and combine it into the ultimate workout.

Want to find out more, come to Shaddock MMA Fitness and try a class out.  MMAFit combines drills and exercises from boxing, wrestling, jiujjitsu, Wing Chun, Jeet Kune do and karate.  Come in and try a FREE class.  You won’t regret it.


Keep your hands up,


John “Bones” Shaddock




The Origin Of Shaddock MMA Fitness In Sykesville, Maryland

10606524_10152405002263026_8561909990326982636_n Eight years ago I was in the health club business.  Even though I was a salesman at a fitness center, it was very hard to workout.   The reason being If you are working out and a potential sale comes in you may lose money so to be honest you don’t work out. Also you don’t have much time to eat and you eat fast food.  What happened is I gained weight and was out of shape.  I was like most people today, bored with weights and looking for motivation to get fit.

I had wrestled in high school so I looked into jiujitsu, and found a place near my house.  The deal was if I taught the instructors students to box I could train for free.   A few months into the training the owner of the jiujitsu gym asked if I wanted to go with him to Columbia and he was going to close the Sykesville gym. When I said I wanted to keep training in Sykesville he asked me if I wanted to take over the lease and Shaddock MMA Fitness was born.

Throughout my life I had been influenced by my 3 older brothers.  All 3 have been state champion wrestlers and boxers.  I also had the opportunity to work with them and learn about the health and fitness business.  Their influence has helped me develop my gym and gym programs.

Most people today are looking for the easy way to get fit.   Diet plans don’t work, once people quit them and they will, they put on more weight then they originally started the diet.  Health clubs don’t work, their idea is get as many people to join the gym, that won’t use it so you can sell more memberships and it doesn’t get over crowded.  Fitness videos work temporarily until you sell it on craigslist.  Treadmills and elipticals  turn into coat hangers a few months after their purchase. Well what’s the alternative?

The alternative is Shaddock MMA Fitness.  We do personal training either one on one or group training classes.  We are a small gym so you really get the one on one attention.  We also have catch wrestling , boxing sparring as well as a variety of fitness classes.

Some have asked what was the biggest reason for me to get involved in Combat Athletics and fitness.  The truth is my father died of a heart attack when i was 20.  He never got to see any of his sons get married or meet any of his grandchildren.  My goal is for me to walk my girls down the aisle, and to do so I need to keep fit.  I hope this can motivate at least one person to get fit, then I know I have done my job.

Keep your hands up,

John Shaddock