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man,i just love this article

Posted September 27, 2013 6:43 am 

Fight Aficionado

Stories like this will not get a lot of posts because there’s nothing to argue about and there’s no divisive characters being discussed. Also, most readers at ESB never boxed themselves so they don’t understand. But it’s stories like this that buoy the credibility of the website as an authentic place targeting “hardcore” boxing fans. Bigups to John Wight.

Posted September 26, 2013 1:41 pm 


Ive had a few pro fights and the feeling in the dressing room in enough to break most men. So many emotions, thoughts, jitters, tension…The fight itself seems almost more peaceful. Looking back, it was one of the more interesting parts of the whole fight experience.

Posted September 25, 2013 10:08 am 

Lenny D

Wow that was amazing took me back to my last fight (amatuer) looking around at the other guys trying to stay calm on the outside while doubting my abilities, trying to go for a walk to clear your head unable to listen to a song for more than 20sec before skipping to the next.

No matter who I spoke to on that night and others I felt alone. but the victories and failures are more defined when that is the case.

Posted September 25, 2013 7:36 am 

Fight Aficionado

“I heard one of my opponents hitting the pads in close proximity and though “that’s sounds powerful”.” – Yup. Some trainers are good at making the mitts snap when their boxers are warming up for exactly that reason. My trainer always made it sound like a towel whip. Only people who’ve boxed understand the tension in the dressing room. It’s one of the most intense and frightening things I ever experienced.

Posted September 24, 2013 8:20 pm 


I can only speak from boxing amateur. One thing bothered me at the start of my amateur fights and I’d look at all the guys coming in thinking ” is it him, is it him?” etc.. Obviously a bit nervous. Then the next set of nerves would kick in if you got a glimse of the other guy warming up. I heard one of my opponents hitting the pads in close proximity and though “that’s sounds powerful”. Also the muscle definition of the other guy can be daunting for a newcomer. Truthfully though you fight a better fight when your on edge, much sharper. One of my best things I told myself “if in doubt, jab and get out”. I’d recommend to anyone that if your curious have a go. Even just to do the training and some sparring will give you great insight. Oh and please support your local amateur boxing clubs they need it.

Posted September 24, 2013 6:10 pm 

Prof Konje

Excellent piece of writing. You put me in the dressing room both before and after the fight.

Posted September 24, 2013 5:47 pm 


This article was worth the time to read TWICE!! Mr. Wright, you just scored a KNOCKOUT. Looking forward to your next one. Thanks!!

Posted September 24, 2013 4:54 pm 

E in Denver

Good read. I enjoyed it.

Posted September 24, 2013 1:46 pm 

Fight Aficionado

Good story. Many people don’t realize the dressing room is where fights are often lost. Fighters have too much time to think about things while watching other boxers leave the room clean and return a bloody mess. It’s where objectively you get a real sense of what a spectacle or brutality this sport is. They’re alone, even if trainers and friends are with them. Some guys freak out in those quiet hours.

Posted September 24, 2013 1:30 pm 


This guy is pretty much the only writer worthy of the name left on here. Great read as usual.

Posted September 24, 2013 12:39 pm 

Slim Whitman

This was a good piece, insightful, well written and edited. Top quality red meat!

Posted September 24, 2013 12:27 pm 

a will

hey, that was a really good piece, thanks.

Posted September 24, 2013 12:08 pm 


LMAO! You’re kidding, right, Ray Gordon Reid?

Posted September 24, 2013 10:20 am 

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