One week left. There is one week left. One week, this is the amount of time that is left.
As far as I can remember, I’ve never won anything personally. I’ve been part of a winning team at times (and shared in the 2012 Nobel Peace prize along with every other European citizen) but I’ve never won an event solely on my own merit. Certainly not a sporting event.
In my minuscule primary school, which had around 50 pupils when I attended, there were only two other boys in my year. This meant that every sports day each of was guaranteed at least a bronze medal. Since the other two were both faster and fitter than me, this more often than not meant I was guaranteed a bronze medal. Coming in to my Brawl on the Bund fight, these bronze medals are the entirety of my individual sporting successes (with the exception of swimming badges, which, when you live on an island are more to do with learning to stay alive in the water than athleticism).
I wouldn’t say I’m wholly prepared, I’ve been burned too many times by things I was “totally ready” for to risk the sting of complacency, but I’m a hell of a better boxer than I was 12 weeks ago and I’m fitter than I’ve ever been in my life. I did order a hand-tailored silk boxing gown yesterday though, so I better be ready.
Next Saturday I will get in the ring and try to punch my opponent more times than he punches me, you should come and watch. Anyone interested in seeing me embarrassing myself without paying for Brawl tickets can also come and watch the official weigh-in at Bar Rouge on Thursday.
Read my teammate Alina Negley’s blog about Brawl on the Bund at That’s Shanghai.
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.
The next 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.