I was going to write a column about skipping this week (I know, I’m disappointed too) but I just found out this morning that I’ve been confirmed as fighting at Brawl on the Bund on June 15.
After training on Friday, coaches were going around the gym talking to various people about their match-ups – weight they need to lose or gain, training schedule changes etc. No one came to talk to me, leaving me in a kind of uncertain limbo. Was it a foregone conclusion that I wasn’t fighting? Was I supposed to have realised this already? Or was it a good thing that no one needed to tell me to drop weight or switch classes? Well it turns out it was the latter, by sheer luck (and deliberate selection by our White Collar Boxing overlords) my opponent is more or less the same weight as me, so thankfully I won’t be having to encase myself in bin-liners while I’m training to drop water weight.
My first thought, upon seeing my name in the email announcing the fights, was ‘Ohshitohshitohshitoshit’. This went on for some time, before being replaced with, like, happiness. I very much expect to oscillate between these two emotions as we get closer and closer to fight night. This is, after all, a serious, real boxing match in front of several hundred people (and a television audience), so yeah: ‘Ohshitohshitohshitoshit’.
Billion Yuan Baby is a regular column by Shanghaiist editor James Griffiths, focusing on his experiences and those of his fellow competitors’ training for Brawl on the Bund.
Brawl on the Bund takes place on June 15, 2013 at Hyatt on the Bund. The event is in support of Leo’s Foundation, which cares for newborn infants with respiratory problems.