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Old 01-21-2008, 09:15 PM #1
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I tried to post this last week but the computer froze.

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Just a quick note.

I was thinking I was really coming along as a boxer -- and to be fair, perhaps I am -- until this week, when an older guy showed up at our gym. He is nearly 50, in comparable physical condition to me, a light heavy at about six feet. Wiry arms, ropy legs, a bit of a waistline but he looked pretty fit, cropped gray hair. I didn't think anything about him until I noticed that he was sparring with NO HEADGEAR. This is a big no-no in our gym.

Often, noobs will go their first couple of workouts not taking punches, just working on jabs or footwork, so they won't wear headgear.

A trainer put me in with him, and I found out quickly why he had no headgear: I couldn't touch him. In 3 rounds I landed a couple of bodyshots and managed to get the better of him only by bulldozing him into the corners -- I'm physically stronger than him -- but that's it.

Turns out, this guy has been boxing for nearly 30 years.

He was loose, fluid, and fast as hell, and the son of a ***** can HIT. Sweet Jesus, can he hit. Effortless, blinding snaps that stung like a bastard -- even his hooks had snap -- and I have the feeling that he wasn't even trying to knock me around for real. I would have been in serious, serious trouble if we'd been going 100%.

I had probably the most fun sparring with him that I've had with anyone to date; it was humbling and awe-inspiring just seeing what a guy that seasoned was capable of.

I don't know if he is a retired pro or just a dedicated hobbyist, or even what his record is; I didn't ask, because it didn't matter.

What mattered was, finding out that there is an entire other level to this sport that I am not even scratching the surface of after two years of hard training and a few matches. I hope in another year or two to be able to trade punches with this guy and not look like a kindergarten student by comparison. That's the next goal I've set for myself: to be able to trade with this guy and have it be something people want to watch.

I am really glad that I didn't try to pull any kind of pretentious crap on him and I pity the first loudmouth mother****er who does.

I guess the lesson here for me -- and you -- is, respect your elders. That gray-haired dude limbering up in the corner might very well walk your ass around the ring with a toothy grin and make you look really stupid.

God willing, that gray-haired dude in the corner might be me, someday.
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:09 PM #2
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Funny ****, we use to have some old guy who use to do MMA Come to are gym but he was a nightmare to spar with because all he done was grab and try to throw you or push you about.
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:43 AM #3
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good read fraidy. cheers.
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Old 01-22-2008, 02:09 AM #4
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o jesus those are the guys you gotta watch out for! About 2 months ago, this one guy that looked like a real pirate but had a little and i mean barly muscle he was about 6 feet tall and looked to weigh about 150-60. anyway he was sparring with my friend whose record is 14-1, and let me tell ya the pirate had my friend shipwrecked! I mean this guy was like a ghost my friend was throwing punches at places this guy was at seconds ago. My friend almost never does that! the pirate dude wasnt even trying he was just squared up playing around in there. We found out he used to be in the navy and has been boxing for about 20 years
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Old 01-22-2008, 03:43 AM #5
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prolly went to annapolis
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:35 AM #6
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good story
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Old 01-22-2008, 12:48 PM #7
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Good story fraidy. Goes to show you to always try to make friends instead on enemies.
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Old 01-22-2008, 05:50 PM #8
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Fraidy you should write columns, articles man. Your one heck of a writer.
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:01 PM #9
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i was thinkin the same thing moin. in the short time ive been on this forum ive already come to the realization that, if fraidy makes a post, i know to read it
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:19 PM #10
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i was thinkin the same thing moin. in the short time ive been on this forum ive already come to the realization that, if fraidy makes a post, i know to read it
probably not all of them. I know i could have done without the giant pimple story.

j/k fraidy
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