It was announced Friday that I will be taking on city councillor David Murphy in a charity boxing match next May with proceeds going to the Children’s Treatment Centre and Champs East Side Boxing Club.
I’ve done many fundraisers in my day but this will definitely be the hardest. Murph wants you to believe it’s because I have to fight him, but the real reason is simply the year of training I committed to in order to make this a legitimate fight. We have both agreed to train three or more times per week for the full year leading up to the fight.
A HUGE thanks to Jorge Luis and Matt Veenstra at Champs East Side Boxing Club for agreeing to take a couple of “has beens” who really “never were” and teach them a new skill and discipline well into their 40’s. I’m no stranger to the gym but as a heavy lifter there are no long periods of sustained work. more short bursts of full energy. Cardio is currently and will constantly be my nemesis for some time. I feel better now after a workout but the struggle for this big dude to make it through is always there. I like the challenge and it keeps me coming back every time.
Boxing is called the “sweet science” for a reason. You are training more than just your body, your mind needs to be sharp all the time. There are so many things to think about and for us right now that is a challenge. The sessions combine strength, endurance, stamina, skill and core training all in one. As we learn how to throw decent jabs and crosses we get challenged when adding an upper cut or a hook(the hardest punch to learn). While we learn these new movements there is foot and body positioning to also master. Let’s not forget about defence…we’ve been punched in the face a few times when we let our guard down by our coaches to teach us to keep out hands in position.
The ultimate goal is to put on a good show in May next year when two Super Heavyweights(anything over 201lbs is Super Heavyweight) get into the ring to raise funds for both of these organizations.
I will use my blog to keep you up to date on my training and any other new related to this event. Wish me luck, it’s going to be a long, challenging and fulfilling year until that bell rings.