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 I Think Conor McGregor Has A Shot Against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

I can see all of my friends who are boxers, and boxing enthusiasts rolling their eyes already.  The truth is on paper is a boxing match between these two shouldn’t even be close.  Floyd is arguably one of the best defensive fighters of all time. Conor has never fought a professional boxing match.  But stranger things have happened haven’t they?  Does anyone remember a guy named Buster Douglas?  The night Buster fought Mike Tyson I didn’t even watch,  I went out that night and got a phone call from my brother telling me Tyson was KO’d.  Who Knew Buster had it in him, who knew Iron Mike was not taking the fight seriously?  The one thing the tale of the tape does not account for is intangibles, and that is how I believe Conor McGregor is going to win this fight.

First and foremost you have to take into account how awkward of a style that McGregor has. The one post fight comment by most of his opponents was he moved differently than anyone else I have fought.  For those who follow Conor do know of his unorthodox training methods .  His training with Mixed Movement Artist Ido Portal has made him a difficult target for his adversaries.  He will be coming in from different angles which could make it possible for him to solve the unsolvable puzzle that is Floyd Mayweather JR and might be able to catch him.  It only takes one good punch.

A bigger factor is how is this going to affect Floyd  mentally.  As John Scully writes in his book The Iceman Diaries “The wait in the dressing room before a professional fight -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man who never fought before of whatever heart, pride and courage he thought he had” -Iceman John Scully, April 2002.  Don’t get me wrong, Floyd has fought in every event possible on the boxing stage so this should be a cake walk right?  But the big difference here is if he wins, he is supposed to, if he loses to a non-pro boxer, mma fighter, it will ruin his legacy.  Also team McGregor is going to get under Floyd’s skin like no other opponent has ever done.  An old Floyd who has probably lost a step might be walking into the lions den when he meets the Irish man this fall.

All being said only former fighters like myself who have experienced the “Wait in the dressing room…” That John Scully talks about can appreciate how real the threat doubt is.  Your mind plays games with you before a fight, you ultimately are your own toughest opponent. All I am saying is if a 40 year old Floyd Mayweather JR is not on his game, and has a little doubt in him beforehand,  we could see an upset.

Keep Your Hands Up,

John “Bones” Shaddock



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.

When would NOW be a good time to start a fitness program in Sykesville Maryland

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I listen to many motivational speakers, and one speaker Anthony Robbins says a particular line.  He states “When would NOW be a good time to get started.”  When starting on a fitness program it’s easy to make excuses to not get started.

I want to wait till the kids are out of school.  I want to wait till after my vacation.  I want to wait till I am feeling 100%.  I want to wait till I am done with my diet.

This isn’t to pick on anyone, not ONLY have I heard a ton of these, I have even said some of them to myself.  The thing is to recognize this and to stop it.   When would NOW be a good time to get started, means there is NO when.   The time is now.

At Shaddock MMA Fitness we are going to make it easy for you. We are going to let people try our gym for 30 DAYS FREE.  Come try the classes out with NO OBLIGATION.  What have you got to lose except a few pound.

Keep your hands up,

John “The Original Bones” Shaddock


Do You Think You Can?

1932529_10152559387008026_7841719456649798121_o (1)A wise man once said “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, your right.”  Unfortunately most people think they can’t, and so they don’t.  Quitting is easy, staying dedicated is hard.

I was never the most gifted athlete, I was always the guy that figured out if the other guy is twice as talented than me, but I work twice as hard as him, I can even the playing field.  I am fortunate a lot to have competed on a high level in my life, not because by any means was I gifted, but I worked my butt off.  This is true in life as well as in sports.

Many people don’t start on a fitness program because they already envision it being to hard.  Don’t join a gym because they see themselves quitting in a month.  Don’t buy that tread mill because they already see it becoming a clothing rack.

It’s up to you, not your trainer, not your spouse, not your parents, not your kids…..YOU.  Today is the day, as Apollo Creed said in Rocky 3 “There is no tomorrow!”  Get started on your goals today.  YOU CAN DO IT!!!

I think I may have just motivated myself.  There is no telling what goal I may be chasing now.

keep your hands up,

John “The Original Bones” Shaddock

Getting in the gym, it’s up to you in Sykesville Maryland

Shaddockmma logo The hardest part of joining a gym is just getting in the door.  A big part of not joining a health club, martial arts gym or working with a personal trainer is fear.  When they are training health club consultants they are taught to learn about the average persons’ fears.  Physique anxiety, fear of looking stupid, and fear of looking like a Klutz are the main ones that people experience.  The biggest thing to realize is everyone goes through this, everyone is afriad.  No one starts out going into a health club or martial arts studio for the first time knowing everything.  The other extreme is the person who was really fit, and gotten out of shape and is embarrassed on how they look now.  That again is another obstacle most find hard to over come, but you can do it.

What I love about my gym is we have people of all  ages, and all shapes and sizes.  I have people of all levels in the same class, people with injuries, young and old, fighters and people just getting fit all in the same class.  In my class you compete with yourself.  No one is going to worry about what your doing as they are working on there own fitness. My goal is to get Carroll County fit one person at a time.  I am hoping more people will get involved in a fitness program that are not already.  If you have a friend who could my class could help please share this with them.

Keep your hands up,

John “The Original Bones” Shaddock