Friday, September 24, 2010
I received an offer to fight for the King of the Cage middleweight title belt on September 11, 2010. The situation and circumstances were perfect for me. I would be on summer vacation from school and would have all summer to train for the biggest fight of my career thus far. I trained hard and for the first time in my fighting career, I stepped out of my comfort range and focused on my weakness, which has always been my striking.
Unfortunately, the fight did not go my way and I lost by TKO in the 2nd round....
I took some time to process everything that happened, heal up some bumps and bruises, feel sorry for myself, and spend some much needed down time with my wife, Aimee, who is my biggest supporter and feels the pains and stress of my training every step of the way as I get ready for a fight.
Ironically, I watched Rocky III the morning of my fight. In this installment of the series Rocky decides to retire but comes back one last time to fight a young, brash Clubber Lang. Rocky loses their first outing due to the stress of losing his trainer, only to come back and recapture his title and glory. Funny, I remember seeing Rocky III in the theaters when I was a young boy. Immediately after coming home from the movie, I changed my clothes, wrapped my hands up with some ACE bandages I found in the bathroom cupboard, and proceeded to 'shadow box' and work out in the basement. Of course I had no idea what I was doing, but "Eye of the Tiger" kept playing in my head and I wanted to be Rocky Balboa. I never would've thought that almost 20 years later, I'd be testing myself against another man and fighting to capture a belt and glory... if even on a much smaller scale. Life has a funny way of being poetic like that sometimes.
I guess this a great way to get myself back into my blog and share my experiences, happiness, and disappointed surrounding the biggest fight of my 11 year career. Wondering if I "still got it".... asking if I still want it.... and contemplating if it's time to hang up the gloves for good or give it one more shot.
Look for a new posting soon..... Promise. Until then, in the words of Rocky "Just keep punching Apollo, just keep punching."