Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sunday South Side Sparring
My day started very early with the long ride out to LaFollette Park on the far west side to pick up Marine. However, I steeled myself for something going wrong, and it did. Marine had over a week to ask his parents could he go to a sparring session at Davis Square Park. He waited to ask them this morning, and they told him no. I'm assuming that his brother Curly wouldn't been able to go either mostly because of an injury Curly had at school a few days ago.
I pushed my irritation aside and made another long trip out to the south side where Davis Square Park is located. I planned to go out there regardless if I had no fighters with me. That's one of the field houses with a boxing program that I had not visited before. Fortunately, the trains and buses were moving along at a good place. I got there in good time. Eddie, who is the boxing coach there, was still setting up as people came in. In addition to his fighters, Simons Park and Fuller Park were represented. I learned that Humboldt Park and Portage Park aren't the only two places that need a boxing coach. It appears there is no coach currently at Seward Park, either. "These coaches have to be patient," Marty, the Simons Park coach, told me. "Things aren't going to happen overnight."
Angel came in with her step dad, her little sister, and her grandparents. It looked as if she was not going to have anyone to spar with, as there were no other female boxers available. Lucky for us, one of the teenage boys agreed to spar with her. I gave Angel the best advice I could give, but I see where we need to work on the delivery of her punches and her footwork. Her opponent was not hitting her as hard as he could have, but he wasn't letting her catch him often.
Marty and Eddie both gave me an idea to have a similar type of sparring show at LaFollette Park. The field house is not open on Sundays, but I could possibly have something on a Friday or Saturday. There is also the possibility of having a female only sparring session to help out the girls and women who may not be getting enough sparring practice elsewhere, and even less chances to have regular fights. It's something for me to work on.