In anticipation of a fight I was going to miss thanks to work, I was unusually awake at 4am.
What more, I was super hyped.
I was warming up, shadow boxing, bobbing and weaving, practicing being loose and crisp with my punches and combinations, and elusive with my footwork.
All for a fight I would not be able to watch.
To tell you the truth, it was the only sport I ever watched these days.
Not that I watched much sports before, but I always faked interest in watching sports. I liked to actually play them instead watch, and yes I liked solo sports events than team ones.
But here I was, preparing to ask my wife to find out the results (none of which she cared) and let me know.
If course she wouldn’t do what I asked her to. It was alien territory. I would have to explain what I needed several times, and ask her several times later to be more specific in details she would obviously miss.
All this for a fight.
But why was I so interested in fights?
And why this one in particular?
The main fight was a title match in a category in which I could easily make weight and have a reach advantage.
The fighter I rooted for was a loudmouth southpaw underdog fighting a dominant reigning champion who was undefeated for the last ten years.
And we were promised an upset.
Somewhere in the back of my mind I thought I could one day fight like them too.
Growing up I wasn’t good at any sports, except sparring in my karate class.
That was something I excelled at.I was good enough to always get sparring partners from a higher weight class and usually higher belt rankings.
I often fought two people at once, even getting kicked in the neck and being unable to breathe for almost ten minutes once.
It was really fun.
I still practiced my boxing and kicks at home with my heavy bag.
Somewhere I thought I still had it in me to be good at something
, at which i used to be really good at in past.
P.s. the fight was a revelation of sorts. The quickest title fight, over a dominant champion, undefeated for the last ten years.
The Challenger dispatched him within 13 seconds of the first round, leaving the casual viewers elated, but hardcore fans unsatisfied with many unanswered questions.