Doug Ward

May Day is Coming…


Back in the day, they used the Tale of the Tape to measure the fighters against each other, but height, weight, reach and even record really only tell one side of the story.  The physical facts and how the fighters match-up is told more in the intangibles and most of that doesn’t even become apparent until fight night is well underway.

This One’s for the Girls

Although the phrase fight like a girl has been used in a derogative way in the past, there may be some actual value to doing just that.

Just as they are the ferocious protectors of their young in the animal kingdom, Women may in some cases be as emotionally and physically wired for fighting as men are.  Like men, women too have been naturally-gifted with the fight or flight response mechanism.  When confronted or put in a potentially dangerous situation, this complex hormonal response, triggered in their bodies, secretes over thirty different stress hormones, like adrenalin and cortisol; all having a collective, widespread effect on the body. This adrenaline rush can increase your awareness, physical strength, mental acuity and speed/response time, all in order to quickly and adequately handle the perceived threat.  This chemical reaction in the human body is not gender-specific.  In fact, women – who tend to be more emotionally connected by nature – may even be quicker to sense, react and respond to her body’s natural inclination to protect itself at all costs.

Rednecks and Black Eyes

There are a few people who get introduced to boxing, but it never quite matches their perception of what they thought it would be. The workout is harder than they expected.  The training and technical aspects end up being more complicated than they can grasp.  The moves require more coordination than what they are capable of.  Or they actually make it into a ring and the reality, the brutality of it all, really hits home and it’s too much for their hearts to bear.

A Natural Response

As natural as fighting is, there are characteristics human beings develop over time, that do not serve them in the ring and could ultimately spell their downfall.  These characteristics are usually unconscious, but were developed over time to protect them from harm.  However, in the ring, they actually serve a detrimental effect.  What both habits or traits have in common is that they both relate to fear and survival.

Burn the Ships

In boxing, once that opening bell rings, there’s no turning back. You can change strategy.  You can choose to dig in and create a new outcome, but the only way out is to finish the fight.  You can go out on your back, out on your feet or by doing the unthinkable (quitting), but there has to be a conclusion.  You can’t take a break from the action or call a time-out to reassess.  The fight must go on.