I Have Another Fight!

by Lisa Creech Bledsoe · 12 comments

in Boxing

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When I got the promoter’s email today I nearly had a heart attack. I am going to be boxing in Atlanta as the Main Event on the April 23, 2011 Atlanta Corporate Fight Night card.

The Main Event!

I’ve been in conversation with the promoter for a month or so about this fight, but it’s a shock seeing my name listed at the top of the card. It’s so incredibly rare to see women headlining any boxing event (that’s why I was so excited about Alicia “Slick” Ashley headlining Maureen Shea’s card in NYC a couple of weeks ago). I have no illusions, of course, that it has much to do with me — it’s my opponent who is the real draw — but still! The Main Event. Oh, and get this: there are two guys who are listed underneath as the “co-main,” heh. Bit of a reversal from the ordinary state of things in the boxing world.

I attribute this entirely to the indefatigable boxing promoter and force of nature Terri “The Boss” Moss, who is once again bringing her glitzy, cocktails-and-little-black-dress corporate boxing event to the forefront of the Atlanta scene. Moss is utterly familiar with old-school boxing traditions — this Strawweight World Champion had to break through plenty of them in her five year, 18 fight professional boxing career. And she’s no stranger to “firsts,” holding the Guinness World Record for being the oldest woman to win a professional boxing world championship. Alongside her business partner and former trainer Xavier Biggs, she runs the Decatur Boxing Gym where she will be training all of the women (with the exception of me and my opponent) who will be fighting on the card.

My opponent will be Aussie national amateur boxing champion Mischa Merz, who is the real reason women’s boxing fans around the globe will be keeping a sharp eye on this fight event. Merz started boxing in 1998, enjoying a very successful four years of competition. She wrote a book called Bruising about her experiences learning to box.

In 2009 she began boxing again, this time in the Master’s division, and has won all of her fights so far, including the National Women’s Golden Gloves, the Georgia Games championship and the Ringside World championship. Her second book The Sweetest Thing: A Boxer’s Memoir will be released this spring.

Am I crazy to accept an invitation to box this woman?

Of course I am. But you knew that.

Here’s the truth. Women boxers aren’t a dime a dozen. We aren’t just littering every sidewalk like autumn leaves after a hard rain. This is even more true of those of us boxing after 35, which is where the Master’s division begins.

I’ve been in the ring for almost two years now. True, I only have one official amateur fight, one exhibition fight, and zip all else. But I’ve had an incredible trainer and she believes I can do this. Hell, I believe I can do this. Why else am I pouring hours of sweat, beaten leather, and ice packs into boxing, if not for this?

I’m honored to have been invited to fight by Terri Moss. I’m thrilled and terrified to be going glove-to-glove with a heavily titled, undefeated national champion. I am eager to meet this world-travelling boxer, author, and journalist. My trainer won’t be able to go, but I went to Atlanta last time alone, and the Decatur Boxing Club people went above and beyond in their hospitality. Plus, the post-fight pina coladas were the best I’ve ever had.

I wouldn’t miss this for the world.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

lil sis February 15, 2011 at 12:52 am

I am SO excited for you Lisa!!!!! That is absolutely FANTASTIC!!! I wish that I could come and see you fight! Train hard and KICK SOME BUTT!

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Lisa Creech Bledsoe February 15, 2011 at 1:01 am

Thanks, Lauren. I’ll try not to embarrass myself, hah. And it’s definitely in my plan to train hard and kick ass. And maybe she’ll still sign my copy of her book! :)

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niamh February 15, 2011 at 8:38 am

I was excited for you when I saw the post heading and now even more excited to see you’re fighting MM – what an opportunity. I’ve never met her but read the book, hoping to read the next one. She’s a tireless promoter of women in sport, especially boxing (the best, not that we’re biased!) Go Lisa!

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niamh February 15, 2011 at 8:38 am

PS – don’t forget your fancy dress this time :)

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Lisa Creech Bledsoe February 15, 2011 at 9:55 am

Hah! First I need to go get a fancy dress, Niamh. But you’re right, of course, I shouldn’t expect Atlanta hospitality lightning to strike twice in quite the same way, huh? ;)

Wow. That was a weird metaphor. My head feels like a shook-up soda, just thinking about all this!

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Lisa Sullivan February 15, 2011 at 10:25 am

You GO, Girl! And I don’t care how cliche that phrase is. Seriously. You GO and kick some female boo-tay! So EXCITED for you. Thinking a road trip might be in order. ;)

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Lisa Creech Bledsoe February 15, 2011 at 10:28 am

Cliche, smee-shay, right? Who cares ’cause there’s a FIGHT, GIRLFRIEND! And drinks after. Did I mention the pina coladas?

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Margaret Reyes Dempsey February 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Wow! I’m so happy for you. This is great! Good luck.

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Girlboxing February 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Congratulations, Lisa! It promises to be a FABULOUS night of boxing! And black-tie too. Oooo La La!

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A. Green February 17, 2011 at 12:54 am

LISA LISA LISA !! This no doubt will be another GREAT adventure, celebration and all around amazing time. I’ve got my fancy dress, am back in the gym w Grady Brewer and Michaella Tucker in order to be in the best publicist shape I can be in so I can rock some amazing publicity for everyone !!!!!!!!!!!

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Lisa Creech Bledsoe February 17, 2011 at 9:54 am

Amy, I hardly see how your dress for this year could top last year’s. Although I guess you could add bells to all those lovely sequins! Have fun working the pads with G & M — you’ll be lookin’ tuff and struttin’ your stuff. :) Thanks for all the hard work you’re doing to publicize this event.

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