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The sweet science. Continued.

Things I have learned about boxing so far.

1. It changes your body, your mind and your soul.

2. There is no tapping. There is no consent. You fight to the bell or KO or to the point at which the ref stops the fight.

3. There is no rest. He is relentless. A moment's loss of concentration and your head explodes under his fist.

4. There is no swinging of fists. Your shots flick out in a micro-second from their guard, and immediately go back. Nothing else is defending you.

5. There is no standing still. Only a perfectly balanced moving target has a chance.

6. There are moments of perfect serenity in which you float around, snapping out your shots on target and perfectly deflecting or dodging his replies.

7. Then there are those moments of total confusion in which you flail around like a drunk elephant. Those moments usually hurt. A lot.

8. If the body doesn't suck out your oxygen, the brain will. The brain lights up with electrical signals like the City of London at night. Fitness is not optional.

9. "I'm not dead" is the first thought at the end of every round. It is cause for celebration! Survival is intoxicating and justifies every moment of trepidation.

10. You live in a fight bubble. Every moment of the last fight plays over and over in your mind. Every moment of your next pushes you forward. Life burns brightly.

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Last edited on 10/31/2018 8:53 PM by Ironbull
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Comments (19)

GrappleViking (84 platinum) 10/31/2018 10:18 PM

So excited for you, my friend! You seem to really love it.

And, as ever, your writing is impeccably elegant.

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hephaestion2014 (60) 11/01/2018 12:03 AM

I'm not converted to boxing, but am enjoying how much you are enjoying yourself. Always a great read and thanks for sharing all these snap shots on your journey.

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Boots Hartman (4 platinum) 11/01/2018 12:08 AM

Love your analysis, my friend. You articulate it in telling detail.

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Alecmusc (17 platinum) 11/01/2018 3:23 AM

Fantastic text, you are transported to the ring and feel every moment of this exciting game.

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Seniorboxer (31 gold) 11/01/2018 8:39 AM

11. It is the best sport I could find to stay fit and have fun while the 60 comes nearer and nearer.

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Ironbull (103 platinum) 11/01/2018 9:26 AM

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Well said!

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PJBoxxxer1 (5 platinum) 11/01/2018 9:25 PM

I am nearing 67 years of age and feel good as a result of boxing training!

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Ironbull (103 platinum) 11/02/2018 8:24 AM

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That's very inspiring. :)

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williamconqueror (1) 11/04/2018 2:21 AM

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This guy is the real deal.

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hboxer (16) 11/04/2018 3:59 AM

Well said Ironbull its a 1-1 fight no team to help just u alone which makes it more exciting

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Ringerohr (21) 11/05/2018 9:12 PM

I could not find better words. That is why I love boxing !

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Ironbull (103 platinum) 11/05/2018 9:26 PM

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To those who understand, no explanation is necessary. To those who don't......

I forgot to say how frustrating it is when you are in the ring and all you feel are your own mistakes.

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Ringerohr (21) 11/05/2018 9:27 PM

In the boxring your mistakes hurt

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Ringerohr (21) 11/05/2018 9:29 PM

But it is the best and fastest way to learn

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Alecmusc (17 platinum) 11/06/2018 1:41 AM

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This is applied not only to boxing but I found it to be true in jiu also.

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scottimike (23 platinum) 11/10/2018 7:48 AM

Well said, words..

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Sam London (39) 2/01/2019 4:11 PM

The sweet science of bruising, by A.J. Liebling. RIP.

I am annoyed that you are a better and funnier writer than me. A lot of my self-esteem is based on my ability with words, and if I was a generous spirit, i would congratulate you on your wordsmithing.

But I am a small, bitter man. Gore Vidal said it: "when one of my friends succeeds, I die a little."

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Ironbull (103 platinum) 2/01/2019 4:24 PM

I have the AJ Leibling book, hence the title of my blog

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Sam London (39) 2/01/2019 4:47 PM

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I read it a long time ago, it must be in the attic. I can't remember but I think he never actually stepped into the ring himself. I remember he wrote a lot of restaurant reviews. More likely to be hoisting a wine glass then actually lacing up the gloves himself. But a genuine original.

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