It’s 342 days (47 weeks and 7 days) and 1,271 hours and 30 minutes (26 hours and 30 minutes a week) a year. This is my life as a boxer… a boxing champion. And this is without my actual work out!
Life as boxer isn’t just punching the heck out of a punching bag or getting in the ring when you understand the basics of it, it’s about disciplining yourself, controlling yourself, sacrificing most of your sleep and weekend time for practice and using strategy. Surprised? Well, I was the same when I first started. My coach literally gave me a five minute speech about all four of those things and how it will help in practice, matches and tournaments. And, like my coach lectured, it did. It’s been about a year since I first started and I can discipline and control myself with my boxing skills in and out of school, and when it comes to having or using strategy, I’m constantly learning new strategies, mixing up the ones I already know, into new ones I can use in the future and sacrificing most of my time to practice.
Boxing is also a privilege. Break any of the rules, you’re out. Disrespect your coach or any other superior, you’re out. Get in a fight at school, home or anywhere public, using you’re boxing skills and your coach finds out, you’re out. This is where the discipline kicks in. I have to be constantly disciplining myself not to use my skills outside boxing practice. (Not that I’m the kind of kid that always gets or looks for a fight.) Even if I come across a moment for a fight, I have to remember, “Not only is it not worth it, I’d be breaking one of the rules,” Unless it’s a moment for defending myself, I cannot use anything of my skills for anything or one. Which is a good rule, because then, people would be getting hurt and in trouble. That’s something I always avoid.
Now, when it comes to actually working out, it’s a lot! Monday through Friday’s; I work out a total of 2 hours and 30 minutes each day, which is 12 hours and 30 minutes for just those five days. On Saturday’s and Sunday’s, I usually workout for seven hours on each day. For each day, I come to practice at 12 a.m. and stay until 3 p.m., leave and have some time to myself until 5 p.m. which is when I go back and leave at 9 p.m. Yeah, it’s a pretty long practice, but in order to stay in the ring and get better, “sacrifice” is one of the prices to pay. Okay, so you’re probably thinking, “Geez!!!! That’s A LOT of hours in just one week!!!! Don’t you get any days off?” Nope, I don’t… Just kidding. I actually do get 19 days off from boxing. (September 6th, October 11th, November 22nd – 26th, December 20th – 31st, January 17th, April 15th, April 22nd and May 30th.) I know that doesn’t seem much, but I’ll take whatever I can get because I’m not all about boxing 24/7. And, just for the record, I actually take three months to be in basketball at school, but the day after my last game, I have to get right back on track with boxing.
Life as a boxer is hard, controlling, and almost everyday, of every week, of every month, of every year. Yes, I admit, that there are times where I wouldn’t have joined or quit when it became harder, but the truth is, boxing is one of my most successful choices that have lead me to victory and happiness. Yes, it’s a violent sport, but it teaches me how to survive, fight and defend myself. It also teaches me to never…give…up. To never…quit.