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Cleto Reyes History

Cleto Reyes History: Cleto Reyes Castro was born on April 26th 1920 in Mexico City, in the midst of the reconstruction period after 10 years of revolutionary struggle. Because of the hard times his family was facing, Cleto began to work at the age of 12 in a saddlery where baseball gear was manufactured. In 1936 while he attended elementary school, his huge love for boxing was born as the “Peralvillo Cozumel Arena”, was in front of his school. In 1938, Cleto Reyes participated in an amateur fight, his performance was so outstanding that the public ended up throwing coins into the ring floor; however, the pounding was so hard that he was convinced not to fight again. He chose, instead, to mend the gloves he had used during the fight and this was the beginning of his career in glove manufacture.

Subsequently his gloves obtained the approval of the local boxing commission (COMBOX DF), and in 1945 the Cleto Reyes gloves were used in a world championship fight for the first time on “La Condesa Arena”, in the fight between the second Mexican Champion, Juan Zurita Vs Ike Williams. This was a very relevant year in Don Cleto’s life since that was the year he decided to become independent, always counting on his wife and children’s support.

Cleto Reyes History
source: cletoreyes.com
In 1965, he had his first commercial representative in Los Angeles, California; and began distributing his products in the most important cities of the United States and some other countries.

In 1970, during a time in which Don Cleto’s health was in delicate conditions, his son Alberto Reyes joined his father’s efforts with a strong entrepreneurial vision. In 1975 his son, decided to register CLETO REYES as a trademark, and founded Industria Reyes S.A. de C.V. in 1979.

Nowadays, Cleto Reyes products have a prominent place in the international market and are exported to five different continents with the approval of the main world organizations. The company has received important recognitions such as Mexico’s National Exports Award in 1994 (Granted annually by the Mexican Trade and Industry Department to distinguished Mexican Companies, and many others).

In the beginning the need, later a great passion for boxing, and finally his dedication to his job were the factors that inspired Don Cleto Reyes Castro to devote his life to boxing.

Some famous users of his gloves are the Mexican champions Julio César Chávez, Mike Tyson, Sugar Rey Leonard, Oscar de la Hoya, Manny Pacquiao (influenced by Julio César Chávez), Laila Ali, Pernell Whitaker, Muhammad Ali. The latter used them in fights such as the one he faced Leon Spinks. The brand also appeared in the Rocky film saga when used by Sylvester Stallone.

Over the years Cleto Reyes started producing headgear, boxing bags, paddles, high precision training gloves and much more.

Cleto Reyes History Source: cletoreyes.com

Christmas opening hours and last day for delivery

Check out our Christmas opening hours over the month of December and the last delivery dates for Online Orders.

Shop Opening Hours

  • 18th December – Friday 10am – 5pm
  • 19th December – Saturday 10am – 3pm
  • 20th December – Sunday 12am – 3pm
  • 21st December – Monday 10am – 5pm
  • 22nd December – Tuesday 10am – 5pm
  • 23rd December  – Wednesday 10am – 5pm
  • 24th December – Thursday 11am – 1pm
  • 25th December – Friday Closed
  • 26th December – Saturday Closed
  • 27th December – Sunday Closed
  • 28th December – Monday Closed
  • 29th December – Tuesday 10am – 5pm
  • 30th December – Wednesday 10am – 5pm
  • 31st December – Thursday Closed
  • 1st January – Friday Closed
  • 2nd January – Saturday 11am – 3pm
  • 3rd January – Sunday 12pm – 3pm
  • 4rd January – Monday 10am – 5pm

ONLINE – Last Deliveries Fastway confirmed dates

  • 18th December – Friday – Last Day Shipping Nationwide – Ireland
  • 19th December – Saturday – In store pickup only (Delivery only available via DHL, extra charges will apply)
  • 20th December – Sunday – In store pickup only (Delivery only available via DHL, extra charges will apply)
  • 21st December – Monday – In store pickup only (Delivery only available via DHL, extra charges will apply)
  • 22nd December – Tuesday – In store pickup only (Delivery only available via DHL, extra charges will apply)
  • 23rd December – Wednesday – In store pickup only
  • 24th December – Thursday – In store pickup only
  • 25th December – Friday – no delivery
  • 26th December – Saturday – no delivery
  • 27th December – Sunday – no delivery
  • 28th December – Monday – no delivery
  • 29th December – Tuesday – Collections only
  • 30th December – Wednesday – Collections only
  • 31st December – Thursday no delivery
  • 1st January – Friday no delivery
  • 2nd January – Saturday – Collections only
  • 3rd January – Sunday – Collections only
  • 4rd January – Monday Business as normal

This year due to Covid 19 and Brexit, couriers are extremely busy and delivery times have changed. An Post will not collect after December 14th. Fastway will not collect parcels after December 18th.

We managed to get DHL to collect parcels and delivery until December 23rd. Please note that they will not guarantee delivery. Delivery will cost 20 Euro per parcel.  Feel free to contact us for more details.

We can’t guarantee parcels will be delivered on time but we will endeavour to do our best to get everyone’s gifts in time for Christmas.

Happy Christmas!

Fairtex History

History: FAIRTEX HAS BEEN DELIVERING PUNCHES, KICKS, KNEES, ELBOWS AND SWEEPS SINCE 1971.

Fairtex was founded by Philip Wong, who practiced Muay Thai as a hobby. Fairtex became the #1 brand in Thailand and Mr. Wong wanted to give back to the Thailand community. This was realized when a Fairtex Muay Thai camp in rural Bangplee, 25km outside of Bangkok, was built. Fairtex was able to help young Thai men stay off the streets, stay off drugs and build a life through Muay Thai. Many of the innovations found in Fairtex’s products are a result of testing products for decades in the Bangplee camp.

CREATING WORLD CHAMPIONS

As the Fairtex camp began producing champion fighters, Mr. Wong became a Lumpinee Boxing Stadium Promoter. Many people do not know that Mr. Wong helped bring international fighters to Lumpinee. Such fighters included Don the Dragon Wilson, Ramon Decker, Ivan Hippolyte, and Jongsanan “The Wooden man” Fairtex.

BRINGING MUAY THAI TO THE WORLD

Fairtex Bangplee Muay Thai Camp was one of the first camps in Thailand to allow foreigners and women to train Muay Thai. Mr. Wong was not satisfied with only having Muay Thai in Thailand, he wanted to bring Muay Thai to the USA. Mr. Wong established Muay Thai camps in Arizona and California in the 1990’s. Today Fairtex products can be found throughout the world and are regarded as the best products on the market.

COMMITMENT TO QUALITY

All of Fairtex products are meticulously engineered and crafted. Fairtex engineers work with fighters to produce the best Muay Thai products in the world. Thailand is the harshest environments on Muay Thai products. Most Thai fighters in Thailand train outside in very humid and hot weather up to 2 times a day. Training sessions are usually over 2 hours long with products being drenched in sweat, blood and tears. You can rest assure that Fairtex products will protect you and your training partners.

Today people from all over the world come to the Fairtex Camps in Thailand.

Fairtex History Source: fairtex.com

Nuvo Clean Sports from Fightstore Ireland

Clean your sports equipment quickly and easily with the Nuvo Clean Sports gym cleaner!

We are the Irish distributor for Nuvo Clean Sports. The distribution is made in cooperation with Nuvo Clean from the Sportief BV warehouse in Sittard, NL. The demand for Nuvo Clean Sports was enormous after the launch on the biggest Sports Fair in Europe, the ISPO in Munich. The demand for a product that really attacks the bad sweat smell turned out to be huge.

Become also a distributor or reseller of the product that really helps! Because of the huge applicability of the product it will become a success in every sports store. Think about products like sport shoes, (boxing)gloves, shin guards, skates, helmets and many others, in general all products that got dirty because of sweat and are hard to wash.

Why Nuvo Clean Sports Probiotic Cleaning?

The Answer is Simpl…because it is safer and more effective.

Let’s start with some stats about how toxic those common cleaners in your home really are. In 2003, 90% of all reported poisonings in America (of which 60% were children) occurred at home due to common household cleaners. Research has also found that women who worked in their home have a greater risk, as much as 55% higher, of developing cancer and/or chronic respiratory disease than women who work outside of the home. Household cleaners, cosmetics, and paints contain so many toxic chemicals that this group now represents a leading source of air pollution in some major metropolitan areas, only second to car and truck exhaust emissions. There are an estimated 90,000+ chemical compounds in the USA today, of which less than 1% has actually been tested by the government for carcinogenicity. Less than 12% has been tested for ANY kind human or environmental safety. That said, we have absolutely no idea how these various combinations of chemicals will affect our health and that of the planet. The research is all there, so why do we continue to use toxic cleaners in our home, near our pets and children? Enter Probiotic cleaning—the new way to clean.

What is Probiotic cleaning?

Our Probiotic cleaners are specially formulated as safe, organic green cleaners meant to reduce germs in your home by as much as 86%. But wait, we’ve all heard the advertisements claiming certain toxic cleaners reduce 99.9% of germs, right? Why isn’t this better? The reason for this is that those cleaners kill ALL the germs, the good and the bad. Probiotics are essentially friendly bacteria. You see, most people only recognize bacteria as bad germs that need to be killed, but in reality, bacteria are part of the balance of nature and are absolutely necessary to our good health. Usually, favorable bacteria coexist harmoniously and it is only when harmful microorganisms gain the upper hand that we can become sick. Good bacteria and bad bacteria are often fighting against one another for survival. Naked Clean® lays down such a large quantity of friendly bacteria, or Probiotics, that the bad germs can’t compete and essentially die—exactly the way nature intended. That’s right, Probiotic Cleaning is actually cleaning with germs!

How exactly do Probiotics work to kill germs?

Probiotics clean at the microscopic level to reduce germs, allergens, and viruses by getting rid of bio-film—the secret hiding place of 90% of harmful bacteria. Bio-film is like a microscopic city full of all the bad stuff. It’s on almost all surfaces that are somewhat wet and warm, including on our teeth as plaque. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) believes that 65% of certain types of infections in hospitals are a result of diseases (e.g. H1N1, MRSA, Staph, E.coli) that live and hide in bio-film. But here’s the real kicker—bio-film cannot be removed with any cleaning products including acids. Not even the strongest disinfectant can penetrate its hard crust-like layers. It’s an armor-plated home for bacteria to live. Pictured here is bio-film magnified many times by an electron microscope. You can actually see the microorganisms under the bio-film. When you eliminate the bio-film, germs and viruses have no place to live and reproduce which causes them to die out. Viruses ‘outside’ the bio-film can only survive for a very short time so removing it is very helpful for a healthy home. The great thing about Probiotics is that the bio-film is actually food for them. Unlike toxic cleaners, Probiotics literally eat away the bio-film that holds the bacteria and viruses that can make you and your family sick.

How does Probiotic cleaning continue to clean up to 3-days later?

Since Probiotics are “living” microbes, once they’re exposed to a surface they continue to live up to 72 hours, on average. Therefore, Probiotic cleaning continues to clean long after the maids have left your home. This differs greatly from standard toxic cleaning because the germs jump right back onto the surface within 8-hours after a standard cleaning. With Probiotic cleaning you get a 3-day reprieve from the bad germs.

Check out our full range for home and commercial us.

Do you also want to sell Nuvo Clean Sports? Contact us today!

Tiernan Bradley – Custom Boxing Shorts

Tiernan Bradley started his new chapter last night as he entered the pro ranks in Poland. Bradley got a first round stoppage on his debut.

Below are his custom shorts along with masks and caps.

Standard boxing shorts in white with gold leaf. The shorts are made from a very light satin. All the golf logos were embroidered while the rest were printed.

The custom face masks were made to match the boxing shorts. 3-Ply (satin & cotton). Covers your nose and mouth in order to minimise cross-infection. Lightweight and comfortable.

Tiernan Bradley - Custom Boxing Shorts
Custom Face Mask with Tiernan’s Logo Embroidered in Gold.

Custom black caps with Tiernan’s logo embroidered in gold.

Tiernan Bradley - Custom Boxing Shorts

Contact us if you are looking to get your own custom gear.

Fightstore Ireland | The Fighter’s Choice!

Tony Browne – Custom Boxing Shorts

Tony Browne started his new chapter last night as he entered the pro ranks in Poland. Brown got a first round stoppage on his debut.

Below are his custom shorts along with masks and boots.

Retro boxing shorts in yellow and purple. The shorts are made from a very light satin. All the logos were made purple to match the style of the shorts.

The custom face masks were made to match the boxing shorts. 3-Ply (satin & cotton). Covers your nose and mouth in order to minimise cross-infection. Lightweight and comfortable.

Tony Browne - Mask
Custom made masks in yellow/purple/white with the Super Fly logo embroidered.

We customized the Adidas Varner Wrestling Boots from White/Gold to White/Yellow/Purple to match Tony Brown’s shorts.

Contact us if you are looking to get your own custom gear.

Fightstore Ireland | The Fighter’s Choice!

Gym Finance now available from FlexiCommercial x Fighstore Ireland

Gym Finance now available from FlexiCommercial x Fighstore Ireland

Want to build up a gym or fitness centre with treadmills, cross trainers, exercise bikes, boxing bags, and more, but don’t want to weaken your cash flow? A leasing solution can help keep your business moving.

Fit out your gym with all the latest equipment. Our flexible lease agreements mean manageable monthly payments which are 100% tax deductible.* You can also easily add extra equipment as your gym membership grows.

Lease Almost Any Equipment You Need

You can lease just about anything your business needs from a treadmill to circuit training equipment. Talk to us about our cash-flow friendly leasing solutions for:

Example Costs

  • Lease exercise bikes & treadmills valued at €35,000 from just €889 per month.**
  • Lease universal gym machines valued at €15,000 from just €402 per month.**
  • Bundle an equipment package worth €10,000 from just €268 per month.**

Our flexible terms offer a simple way for you to finance your ongoing needs and stay up-to-date with the latest technology. A number of end-of-term benefits also gives you the option to upgrade to new equipment, extend your term or make an offer to purchase.

5 Top Reasons To Lease Fitness Equipment Through Us

  1. Flexible 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60 month term options
  2. No capital outlay means steady cash flow
  3. Tailored solutions support growing practices
  4. Ability to finance a single machine or your entire business
  5. Fully tax deductible*

Adding New Items

As your business grows, we can help you accommodate your changing equipment needs. You can add new items to your lease at anytime.

End of Contract Options

You can upgrade your equipment, hand it back to us, or offer to purchase it at the end of the agreement. Flexibility at its best.

Looking to apply for gym finance? There are just five simple steps to being approved for the finance you need:

  1. Select the equipment you would like to lease.
  2. Tell the salesperson you would like to take a FlexiCommercial lease.
  3. Apply online for finance or by calling 01-4513222
  4. Submit your details and select from a wide choice of payment terms to suit your budget. Choose from a 12, 24, 36, 48 or 60 month term.
  5. When finance is approved, sign and return the paperwork. Then arrange to have your new equipment delivered or collected.

Have any questions? Contact us on 01 4055024 or sales[at]fightstoredublin.ie

NOTE: Finance is provided by FlexiCommercial and NOT Fightstore Ireland. All payments have to be made to FlexiCommercial and NOT to Fightstore Ireland.

* Tax deductions may apply. FlexiCommercial does not provide legal, tax or accounting advice. See your tax advisor for details. Finance subject to credit assessment and approval. Please see product terms and conditions for full details.

** Monthly prices quoted are based on a 60 month Operating lease agreement paid monthly (VAT inclusive). Prices and rates are correct at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice. Terms & Conditions apply.

Choosing the Right Size Boxing Gloves

If you’re new to boxing or kickboxing, finding the right pair of gloves can seem pretty daunting. There are hundreds of types and brands. They also come in a large selection of sizes.

Choosing the right pair of gloves is one of the most important things you can do when you’re just getting started. In addition to affecting the quality of your training, wearing the wrong glove can increase your chance of injury over time.

Here we aim to give some general advice and guidance to help make that decision a little bit easier. Starting with the 2 main areas to consider:

  1. Are you hitting the mitts/the bag, sparring or fighting?
    • Bag gloves have a harder padding and small while sparring gloves are big and have soft padding. Fight gloves only come in 8oz and 10oz and only in lace up. To find the best boxing gloves for beginners, you must first determine the right size for your needs. The most common sizes are 10oz, 12oz, 14oz and 16oz. 10oz gloves are the most popular size for bag/pad workouts while 14oz, 16oz, 18oz, and even 20oz gloves are used for sparring.
  2. What’s your weight/size?
    • At 40-54kg and 5.5” – 6.5” you would be using an 8oz pair of gloves on the bag while if you are 85kg and 8.5″ – 9.5″ you would be sparring in a paid of 16oz+ gloves.

Your boxing gloves should have a snug, comfortable fit with your fingertips grazing the top of the gloves. Be sure to try them with hand wraps on. The gloves should be snug around the straps but not tight, and it should be easy to make a fist.

Bag Gloves: As the name suggests, bag gloves are meant to be used in heavy bag, speed bag or pad training. Bag gloves are designed with less padding in the knuckles than other boxing glove models. While it might seem counter-intuitive to have a product with less padding, bag gloves are constructed this way to allow fighters to feel their punches and become accustomed to the impact. If an awkward punch is thrown or a fighter’s form is broken, they should be able to feel it in a bag glove and adjust accordingly.

Regardless of type, the best boxing gloves for beginners should always be comfortable to wear with hand wraps and perfectly fit the shape of your hand, wrist and fingers. A good pair of gloves should never hurt your hands after a punch.

Note: all gloves have a break-in period. Chances are they won’t be comfortable right away, so give them a few weeks to fully adapt to your needs and fit.

Training gloves are a great all-around option for boxers who are new to the sport. These gloves are built with sufficient padding and can be used for both bag work and sparring but aren’t necessarily specialized for either. Training gloves can be a great introductory glove with ample support for novice and veteran fighters alike.

Sparring gloves: In contrast to training gloves, sparring gloves are built solely for sparring and have extra padding, not only to protect you, but also your sparring partner. Sparring gloves will be sized the same as trainers but can be a tad bit heavier due to the extra padding.

Rival Sparring Gloves Size Chart

Competition boxing gloves are designed with the fight in mind. With less padding in the knuckles, these gloves are built for your opponent to feel your strikes. There are two levels of competitive boxing gloves: amateur and professional. Each follows sizing by weight division, with amateur gloves being more regulated due to the stricter rules at this level. A good way to typically identify amateur gloves is by the red or blue color scheme accompanied by a white knuckle overlay for easier scoring by judges.

Professional Boxing bouts use 8oz/10oz lace up gloves while Amateur Boxing bouts use 10oz/12oz velcro boxing gloves.

Lace-up or velcro?

Laces do offer a tighter fit and better wrist support, however they’re also sadly not as practicable. You can’t tie laces by yourself, so you’ll have to count on your training buddy to lace you up before each training. For this reason, lace-up gloves are almost always used by professional boxers.

Velcro can be secured almost as tightly as laces, and can be done yourself. 9 times out of 10 the hassle of laces isn’t worth the benefits, unless you’re a pro.

Leather or vinyl boxing gloves?

The most common materials used for boxing gloves are vinyl and leather. The glove material will likely impact your comfort, the durability of the glove, and the cost. Vinyl gloves are usually cheaper; ranging from about €20 – €60. For that reason, vinyl gloves make for good boxing gloves for beginners. However, if you plan to train very regularly, leather may be a better choice, both for comfort and durability.

Vinyl/PU is far less breathable, and may cause your hands to get excessively hot and sweaty. It’s also not nearly as long-lasting as leather. However, this is still a great option if you plan to use your gloves to partake in fitness classes, or any other activity where there is little actual hitting.

Leather, while more expensive provides quite a few more benefits than vinyl. In addition to durably, leather will mold to your hand and become better fitting over time.

If you are still not sure what to go for, feel free to contact us for more information. 🙂

BlazePod Academy

BlazePod Academy: Come and learn more about how to use BlazePod and start to truly get the best out of your Flash Reflex Training

Setup – Training – Track


Connect to your Pods

Learn how to connect your Pods to the app and all the actions you can perform in the Pods settings screen.


High level settings:

Now let’s look at the BlazePod settings that provide endless solutions to exercises, drills, competitions and more.


Choose a predefined activity:

Dive into BlazePod’s predefined activities that we’ve created for you. understand the layouts, the settings and how to customize them to suit your specific needs.


Create your own activity:

Your place to create drills that fit your training goals and requirements.


Analyze your results:

Check out where all your results and data are stored.


Random:

Base your activity on single Pods lighting up in a randomized order – Great for activities ranging from basic to highly complex exercises, drills and competitions.


All at Once:

Base your activity on multiple Pods lighting up at once – Great for big movement drills.


Focus:

Base your activity on multiple Pods lighting up in distracting colors while only one Pod lights up in the color that you set – Great for brain processing training.


Home Base:

Base your activity on single Pods lighting up randomly with a home base Pod to return to after every hit – Great for shuttle drills or trigger based drills.


Sequence:

Base your activity on a predefined sequence of Pods lighting up in the order and colors that you set – Great for physical and cognitive testing.


BlazePod Challenges and Drills

Plank Challenge: Challenge yourself with this great classic BlazePod drill.


Squat Touch Press: Check out this amazing full body drill on the app.


BlazePod Triangle Competition: Challenge your clients, friends and family with this great BlazePod competition.


Train anywhere: Don’t forget, BlazePod is a solution for training almost anywhere you wish.


Have fun with the kids at home: Keep your kids active at home with obstacle courses and challenges that will get their brains working overtime and burn all that bundled up energy.


Get the free app. It already contains integrated training for different training areas. It is free to download for iOS and Android users in the relevant app stores. This allows you to create your own tests and record and analyze response times.

BlazePod Academy: Not seeing what you were looking for? Feel free to contact us.

BlazePod FAQ

BlazePod FAQ

Does the BlazePod support other languages besides English?

At this stage, BlazePod only supports English.

Do I need a phone and a Bluetooth connection to use the BlazePod?

Yes. The Pods connect via a Bluetooth connection to the BlazePod app on your phone. BlazePod uses BLE technology to connect to the phone.

What is the BlazePod adapter and how do I use it?

The BlazePod adapter is the housing unit that holds the Pod in place when using one of the accessories.

In order to use it, first make sure that the Pod is lined up properly, and then firmly click it into place. The Pods hold extremely well. Next, simply pick the accessory you require. Both the suction cup and the straps attach themselves to the BlazePod adapter.

How do I charge my Pod?

Connect the USB cable to the power outlet and the charger unit.

Place one Pod on top of the charger and firmly press on top of them to make sure there is proper contact. If the indication light starts blinking red, move onto the next step. If the indication light changes between blue, green and red, leave the Pod on the charger for at least 10 minutes. Next remove the Pod for a moment, and then return it to the top of the charger and make sure the indication light then blinks red.

Add an additional Pod on top of the Pod currently charging and repeat the first 2 steps.

You can charge up to 6 Pods stacked one on top of the other.

How far away can my mobile phone be from the Pods?

Your Pods can be placed at a distance of up to 40 meters from your mobile device. 

How many pods can I connect to simultaneously?

The maximum number of Pods that you’ll be able to simultaneously connect to will depend on the mobile device itself.
Most of the phones we tested could connect to 12 Pods, assuming the software version was up to date, but we know that some phones could connect to fewer Pods at a time.


In the past 2 years, we have seen the max number of simultaneous connections increases by phone manufacturers, so it’s a matter of time until all phones will have this support.

Please see further information regarding phone connectivity and your device’s capabilities using the following link.

What are custom activities?

If you can’t find what you are looking for among the predefined activities, then the custom activities function allows you to control the Pods’ capabilities to suit your own activity need, and build an activity according to your specific requirements. 

Can I customize and save activities?

It is possible to create activities using the different light logics for immediate use and save up to 10 customs activities. 

Still have questions? Contact us via social media, e-mail or phone call.

BlazePod FAQ