(1.87m) 220 lb. (99 kg) Boxer Andy Costello also grew up playing chess.
He and his fellow fighters have combined the two into chess-boxing. Yes.
CHESS-BOXING! Bouts begin with a four minute round of chess,
followed by a three minute round of boxing. An entire bout consists of
six rounds of chess and five rounds of boxing. The winner is the fighter
who either knocks out his opponent or forces a check mate. If it is
level after 11 rounds, the winner is decided by the judges on their
boxing performance. The fighters have to wear earplugs while playing
chess so they can't hear the moves the fans are screaming at them to
An ex-GB Judo International and former British Champion, South West Kick-Boxing champion and a professional mixed-martial artist who fought on 'Cage Rage’ Europe’s most prestigious MMA event. Andy is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a GB national awards Boxing tutor, a ‘Thump’instructor and Les Mills Body Combat instructor.
Other chess playing boxers on this site are the Klitschko brothers.
|CHESSBOXING: Gianluca 'Il Dottore' Sirci vs. Andy 'The Rock' Costello
9 Oct 2009, Tufnell Park, London. Andy goes flat out for a KO in round 8 or else he'll be checkmated! The rules of battle chess are convoluted. The 1st ever European Heavyweight Title fight.
Note headphones to prevent fans from screaming move suggestions
Boxing is a tough job!