This is not “foxy boxing”

Photo courtesy of
‘Vrouwelijke bokskampioen / Female boxing champion’
courtesy of ‘Nationaal Archief’

Did they have that nonsense up here? The local rock station used to host that event when I was growing up in Miami and I was happy not to have thought of it till now. Unfortunately this event seems to have dredged up all kinds of nonsense from my brain. Like “she’s not much of a wrestler, but you should see her box.” My apologies – I’ve been killing these brain cells with alcohol so long they aren’t very reliable.

My dain bramage aside, this is not a subject that I find humorous: Women boxing. Publicist Cha Ross-Estes dropped a press release on us about the All Female Amateur Boxing series that kicks off this Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland. Fight Lady wants to bring exposure to a sport they hope will be added to the Olympics, preferably in 2012. They’ve got a point: it’s the one category without a female analog in the competition.

If  you’ve never female boxing, let me assure you: it’s no faux-lesbianism titillation. Female boxing is every bit the same sport as “regular” boxing. If it lacks the same intensity – which I’m not sure you can really claim – it’s only because the pool of competitors is smaller. If you enjoy light to middleweight boxing matches with men and can put aside your preconceptions you should give it a try. I was dragged to a match some years ago and was quite surprised by what I saw.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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