Timothy Bradley was always hard to like—his tendency to use his head as an effective weapon, his powerless punches, and general demeanor made him appear as someone to pass over in favor of more colorful boxers like Amir Khan and Brandon Rios. Many persons dismissed Bradley’s unbeaten record and superhero musculature, therefore dismissing his accomplishments. Many persons even dismiss his heart, and I find that hard to believe. If there was any reason to dislike Bradley it couldn’t be for his heart. That’s why I’m a Timothy Bradley fan now: his heart.Read More
While Barclays Center will be the place where the action happens on March 9th, the action was at Gleason’s Gym today. The gym was abuzz with excited trainers, cornermen, and entourages who made the trip to Brooklyn to showcase their fighters in front of the media and interested onlookers.
The unusual denizens were there in their hardcore glory, thumping away on the heavybags with their chests out and chins up. They were being overlooked by a new crowd who wasn’t wearing Title, Everlast, Rival, and Under Armour. They were outfitted with Canons, Nikons, and iDevices. These folks were all there to witness the Hopkins vs Cloud media action and I was right there in the thick of it, elbow-to-elbow, holding my own with the big networks’ staff photographers.
The first man in the ring was Tavoris Cloud, the IBF Light Heavyweight Champion. He took his time warming up and gave the audience a show. He’s fast and has good footwork. He threw a lot of short punches, which he’ll need when he’s trapped in the pocket with Hopkins.
The legendary Bernard Hopkins and Tavoris Cloud will be at Gleason’s Gym on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 for a media workout from 12:00PM to 3:00PM. Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KO), or B-Hop as he’s affectionately known, is defying Father Time by continually competing at the upper echelon of boxing at a remarkable 48 years young. Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KO), the undefeated IBF Light-Heavyweight Champion who at 31 could be Hopkins’ son, aims to keep his unbeaten streak at the expense of the aging warrior.
I just purchased the Under Armour ColdGear Fitted Long Sleeve Crew Neck base layer because it’s been uncomfortably cool at Gleason’s Gym during this part of winter. ColdGear base layers use moisture-wicking technology and fleece to keep you warm and dry while working out. That’s especially important to me because I’m boxing in a cold gym—I need the warmth so my muscles, joints, and limbs can move freely, and I need the moisture-wicking ability so my movement is not restricted with a wet shirt.
Here are a few pictures from when I first opened the package. The material is excellent quality and has a slightly stretchy feel. I’m wearing the Under Armour ColdGear Fitted Long Sleeve Crew Neck to the gym today and will get an idea of how well it performs under the localized circumstances. Keep an eye out for a full review soon.
I was unfortunate enough to cause serious trauma to my right rotator cuff in a non-training-related injury. The specialists in the ER discussed surgery, of which I wanted no part. Physical therapy, over a period of a few months, was the better strategy so I opted for that. My therapy included stretching, repositioning, strengthening, cortisone shots, and heat therapy, which I enjoyed the most.
The exercises were easy enough to perform at home when I was not in the clinic, however the heat therapy was not. They used a thick, terry-covered pad with heated stones and moisture on my shoulder. It was blissful. The warmth and moisture always comforted me to the point of falling asleep. That wasn’t possible at home until I received a package from the great folks at Shock Doctor.Read More
My layoff from boxing has been longer than expected and has finally come to an end. I’ve got a new trainer, a new gym, and new motivation to build my skills as a Master boxer. I’m training at the world-famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, NY now and believe this is one of the best decisions I’ve made.
Gleason’s was taken off my list of potential boxing gyms when I first started because of its repulsive smell. I opted for Gym X Boxing, instead. It was a smaller, brighter, and cleaner gym than Gleason’s, and smelled much better. I was able to familiarize myself at Gym X with boxing terms, equipment, routines, and get comfortable with the basics in a gym that emphasized cleanliness.
Oddly, I don’t mind the smell of Gleason’s anymore (I probably tune it out more than tolerate it). I’ve found the environment at Gleason’s to be very amicable. I’ve made casual acquaintances with some of the trainers and members and speak socially with a few more individuals there. Overall, I see this as an opportunity to develop and grow socially, physically, and with boxing skill. I’m going to get comfortable there now and call it home.Read More