Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Hit In The Same Spot
Michael sparred with TJ, but he didn't exactly keep all of his promises about conducting himself properly in the ring. I don't understand -- Michael has been telling me a lot of stories about hitting back kids who are picking on him. But Michael's alleged fearlessness towards his classmates doesn't seem to translate into confidence in the ring.
Earl took too long to decide whether he was going to spar or not. It's a habit with him. "I don't have my mouthpiece," Earl will announce whenever it's sparring day in the gym. Later, he'll change his mind after much whining about having to spar with his cousin TJ. They are a good match in terms of size, but TJ is just a little more aggressive, which scares Earl. I keep telling Earl that he will not be able to pick and choose with whom he has a real match. Earl might as well get used to that in terms of sparring, too. Eventually, Earl did spar with TJ.
Jaylin, who is eleven years old, sparred with me. I was not wearing headgear nor a mouthpiece. I should have said, "let's go light", but I just assumed Jaylin would. I was hit in my left cheek, the same spot where Kathy hit me last night at Loyola Park. Jaylin also hit me in both of my eyes. My left eye looks a little bruised, and the right eye doesn't look healthy, either. Ah, the things a boxing coach has to do to show their fighters technique.