Thursday, September 17, 2015
Exhibitions and An Almost Fight
The photo above was taken in the gym after the Loyola Park 2015 "Boxing Explosion" show. Barry is on the far left. Gary is standing behind me on the left. The twin teenage boys to the right of me had an exhibition match, and I worked the corner of one of them. Alan worked the other corner.
I nearly got a fight. Yeah, you read that one right. Kathy, who's birthday was today, was matched up with a much younger girl for a fight. Alan proposed that I take an exhibition match with Kathy. I don't live very far from the field house, so I could have ran home and got my mouthpiece. But Tommy felt more comfortable matching the younger girl up with someone else. It appeared that Kathy would not be able to fight. Then three fights into the show, Alan and I heard the announcer calling Kathy to come to the glove table and get suited up. We thought the announcer had the wrong information, until we found out that Kathy was going to fight after all.
Alan was in Kathy's corner, and I helped in the corner of the other girl. Kathy hung in there the full three rounds, despite taking a couple of hard hits directly in her face. Unfortunately, Kathy lost the match. But she did get a nice birthday present near the end -- she was given an award for Best Fighter Of The Show.
I also helped out another of Barry's fighters, a kid named Max, during a fight. Max was putting his left jab out there fine, but wasn't throwing the straight right hardly at all. During the breaks, I told Max to use that hand more, and to cover up his left side. The other guy, also from Loyola Park, kept catching Max with hooks there. That was also an exhibition match, so both guys received trophies.
My fighter, Kishaun, was a no show. I can't understand it. Kishaun was all hyped up about going to Loyola Park for weeks. But Kishaun had not been in the gym at LaFollette to train for days, and I had a feeling I wouldn't see him at Loyola. I was disappointed, but I can't get mad about it anymore. This is the second time I was "stood up", but it's more about Kishaun missing an opportunity.
The turnout at the Loyola Park show was very low. There were seven fights instead of the usual ten fights. The audience watching the fights was small. There were a lot of reasons: fighters who didn't show up, it was raining out, and I heard from those who drove in that traffic was bad. Those things happen sometimes when the boxing shows take place. But like they say in the entertainment world, the show must go on.