Friday, February 10, 2017
Winter Session is Washed Up and Out
Barry wants to have a sparring session with his fighters, my fighters, and Marlon's fighters at Portage Park. Good idea, especially with the Chicago City-Wide Tournament approaching. So when I got to work, I called parents and guardians to see if they could bring their kids out for the session, which is tentatively scheduled for early next week.
Davion's sister reminded me that her brother is only able to go to boxing class two days out of the week. He won't be able to go to Portage Park. Tyler's mom was fine with it, but I have to make sure that I let her know if the date will be changed. I didn't bother to contact Jada's mom because Jada can only take boxing class on Saturdays which prevents her from sparring as well as participating in competitions.
James had not come to class yesterday, so when I called his mom, I also wanted to find out if he was okay. It is very unusual for James to miss a day in the gym. His mom told me that she's keeping James out of boxing for the rest of the winter session. James keeps getting into trouble at school about his grades. The most recent progress report he received was very bad. I agreed with his mom. "The boxing gym will be here, but James needs to get his education," I told her. I had suspected all along that James wasn't completely telling me the truth about his troubles at school. Now I know.
Neither Tyler nor Davion have much interest in boxing, and frankly, I'm real tired of Tyler's lazy attitude. The last time Davion came in, I got tired of him asking me how to do this and that. He's been in there long enough to do the basics, but of course, Davion hasn't been paying attention. I'm already disappointed because I won't have anyone to enter into the Chicago Golden Gloves this year. Now I'm ticked because it looks like I can forget about having participants in the Chicago City-Wide Tournament, too. I refuse to give either Tyler or Davion the opportunity to be in the City-Wide. They're just not training hard enough.
Ariel showed up for the first time since last month. As I suspected, she had been ill. I thought I might have had a fight lined up for her at Cicero Stadium. But it turned out that Ariel was 20 pounds heavier than the other fighter, so we had to take a pass on that. There's a slight chance she could be in the City-Wide Tournament, but she has a lot of training time to make up.
I think it's safe to say that this winter session is washed out. From day one there have been issues and setbacks. It's halfway through, and I don't suspect things will get better before the middle of March when the session ends.