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I Have a Fight, People

Stoked. Psyched. Wired. Talking in single-word declarations. Ok, let’s start over.

Atlanta Corporate Fight Night takes place on October 21, 2010, and I already have my airplane ticket. I heard about this fight event a month or two ago, browsing around the web (Facebook, maybe?). I contacted the promoter, Terri Moss, and last week she had a woman who was unable to make weight for a fight and contacted me back to see if I wanted to step in and take her place.

Astonishing, to have a fight come together after all this time.

Am I changing anything about my training? No. Am I worried about my footwork, or my cardio, or my cranky shoulder? Nope. Am I upset that my trainer can’t go (sister’s wedding) to corner for me? Nah. So what the hell am I?

Radiantly happy.

I lied. There’s one tiny thing: I’ll be boxing in Atlanta in a field of hometown fighters. I’ll be the only one there with no posse. No corner. No we-made-homemade-tee-shirts-for-this cluster of crazy friends. The ring announcer will call my name and the guys in the sound booth will punch up an MP3 for the Proverbial Cricket Chorus.

There’ll be no familiar dive to crowd into afterward to go through each round blow-by-blow and beer-by-beer.

But that ain’t such a big deal.

My second-level trainer, Nas, asked me if I wanted a one-on-one training session before he left for NYC for a couple of his own fights. He gave me a solid hour on the mitts and told me I was as ready as I’ve ever been. And he imparted one small piece of advice.

“Quitting is an option, but winning and losing are just a part of life,” he said, as I ducked the mitt that swung in a quick left hook toward my ear. “You go down there and you box. This is what you trained for, this is what you love. So go do it.” He called another fast combo. I popped through it, then settled into a string of jabs to his ribs. “And put your power into it,” he grunted. “The time for holding back is over.”

That sent a quiet thrill through me, and I allowed myself precisely .07 seconds to fantasize getting a win by TKO.

Meanwhile, nothing changes. I train, I sneak M&M’s, I land uppercuts in my dreams. Right crosses, down the pipeline for contact. I brace myself for the adrenaline surge to wash over me and leave me limp and barely able to suck for air.

It’s only 6 minutes. I can do anything for 6 minutes.

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8 Responses to I Have a Fight, People

  1. niamh October 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    Woo hoo! How exciting! You’ll be great; sounds like your trainer is sure you will do well too. Sending you some virtual ‘luck of the Irish’ from over here:)

  2. Lisa Creech Bledsoe October 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    Thanks, Niamh! I’m actually very much looking forward to meeting the women who will be boxing, too. Even my opponent. It’s just such a rarity for women our age to find each other and make a match. So I’m thrilled for the opportunity, and I sincerely hope no one laughs at my ring name. Which I’m not telling. Yet.

  3. Jeanne October 11, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    You know, I actually pulled up a calendar to see if there was a way I could plot an impromptu entourage trip to Atlanta to be your corner. But I teach that night. I am so proud of you, you owe it to all of us to go kick some Atlanta butt and post the video on this site. You will rock this!

  4. Julie October 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    Thrilled, thrilled, thrilled you are taking this to the next level, Lisa! So glad Mary Jo alerted us to your grand adventure!

    You will be magnificent and your posse will be there in spirit!!!

    Peace, Julie

  5. Mary Jo October 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    The Bitchinator. You? I can live with that. So what’s your team? The Bitchinator Babes. Or just a little emblem over the breast that says “Bitchinate.” Quickly, somebody order the T-shirts. How long before you start getting endorsements from companies? Sign with New Balance for shoes; I need their wide toe box.

  6. Lisa Creech Bledsoe October 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    Y’all are the fabulous. I love you all dearly.

    And I had to turn in a ring name today so please don’t make your T-shirts just yet! I will reveal it soon. You must promise not to laugh. Promise!!

  7. Deirdre Reid October 12, 2010 at 7:20 am #

    This is so cool! I know from reading your blog that you’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. Yay, you! Trying to think if I know anyone in Atlanta who’d go to a boxing match…

  8. Jay Dolan October 12, 2010 at 11:03 pm #

    This is so exciting. Lisa, I know you will be amazing. I cannot wait to read about your fight. Best of Luck!

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