Well, now that I have had my first real fight, and loss, in the ring it is time to reflect on what I went through and why.
When I was asked by the promoter to jump in the ring with Jesse Ryder I thought it through a fair bit, consulted with friends and family…mostly they said no, and “don’t be daft”.
But deep inside I have wanted to do something about my weight, and wanted a new challenge.
How hard could it be I thought to myself.
Well it turns out that boxing is very hard. It is technically difficult, and requires a significant effort just to get to the ring.
I started on an 8 week journey where I could barely run, hated being in togs, couldn’t enjoy the sun and beach or my love of hunting due to my weight.
When I rocked up to the gym to start training with Henry Schuster and Nigel Andrew they told me to start running…just walking around the block was hard enough…but running? Were they serious?
Turns out they were…it took me 4 weeks to shed the kilos to start doing that without risking shin splints and injury from carting around over 120kgs.
But at the end run I did, and run and run and run…twice a day plus gym/boxing.sparring sessions, 6 days a week.
The guys I trained with were awesome.
From all walks of life, builders, sparkies, painters, office workers, factory hands…all with a love of a sport I barely understood.
The thing is they barely fight…maybe once a week…the rest is incredible fitness and stamina training…these guys are fit and hard. They love the sport for the release that it gives. No one has any time for politics or work in the gym. Â Â Read more »