Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Wiping Out Headgear
In this photo, Alan schools some of the new people who signed up for the fall boxing session at Loyola Park. I recognized one new face as Chris, a guy who owns a computer repair shop in Rogers Park.
I had a lot of energy for some reason last night, but I didn't spar. Instead, I watched as Alan and Gabe sparred. Gabe wore no headgear, but Alan put on the hockey mask type headgear that Kevin left behind a few years ago. He asked me to take it off of him and wipe it out between rounds. "This gets so hot," he said. I need new headgear, but having worn that particular headgear before, I would never buy that design. Headgear is hot enough without also feeling like I'm in a cage.
Kathy and Celeste sparred. I didn't get a chance to ask Celeste if she'd had some prior experience. It sure looked like she did. Celeste had to work harder to fend off Kathy's long arms and the punches at the end of them, but she did fine. Kathy showed more confidence in the ring.
Gabe wondered if there had been anyone at the recent Loyola Park boxing show that could have matched up with him. The only adult I remember participating in the show was Kathy. All the guys who fought were under eighteen years of age. "It's just as well that I didn't make it to the show," Gabe said. It's not that Gabe wasn't able to be matched up with people at other shows. But Gabe is very tall and lanky, and that build is often hard to find among other fighters in the Chicago Park District.
In a few days, the private boxing show at Fernando's gym in Evanston will take place. I'm going to attend regardless if have any fighters from LaFollette Park with me.