Another morning after..

...a crazy night before.

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Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it. [ George Foreman ]
Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There’s nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring.
- Sugar Ray Leonard
Thursday is the day for boxing and tonight marked round four of the current after-hours tourney. There's so much you can learn about yourself simply by stepping into the ring. Sometimes I wonder if boxers are completely without sanity, because when you step in the ring you're starting a physical confrontation that most rational human beings would shy away from. People, while some react on animal instinct, are generally a group of people who will fight when pressed, oppressed, depressed, or pissed off, but would prefer a constant state of no chaos, simple, content living. Boxing is everything that human nature shoves back. It's raw, painful, confrontational, and nothing more than a game of who goes down first. On top of that you're allowing the gauging and grading of the match by anyone watching. I don't know why I keep saying match, it's a fight. That's boxing down to it's simplest form. Two people step into a ring with the soul purpose of hitting each other until someone goes out. It's the only sport like that. Unlike football or baseball where each person has a different goal and it all comes together to win the game, boxing is unique in the way that it's purpose is chillingly simple: One man purposefully endeavors to inflict bodily harm on another man. It's a dance where every step is improvised in the moment and no one knows what it's going to look like until it's finished. Rational thought has no place here. The ring teaches you who you are.
To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.
- Jack Handey
What does it take to step into the ring with a man twice your size and know you're going to be the one standing when the smoke clears? It takes a mind that rest right on that line between perfect sanity and complete insanity, common sense and the lack of, bravery and stupidity. It requires being able to ignore the pain and press forward, thinking on the instant and reacting without second guessing, and it takes heart. Courage, endurance, stupidity. It takes who you think you are and shows you who you could be.
Boxing is the toughest and loneliest sport in the world.
- Frank Bruno
So, I'm a boxer. What does that say about me?


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