I have been a boxing fan for more than 40 years and a combat sports enthusiast for more than 25 years. My love for boxing is deeper than my affinity for pugilism. My older brother, Randolph Scott, introduced me to the “Sweet Science”. He told me stories of great fighters of the past and why Muhammad Ali was the greatest of all time.
He said, “You don’t get respect on the streets because you can shoot a gun. You get respect for being good with your hands”. My big brother taught me life lessons and he never let me back down to anyone. We would watch boxing on television. He explained why a fighter won and what a fighter did wrong in the match. I lost my brother to gun violence on Saturday, June 21, 1980. The last thing he said to me was “I’ll see you tonight to watch the Leonard/Duran fight”. Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran fought for the first time on Friday, June 20, 1980. Needless to say, I did not watch that fight with my big brother. That Saturday morning, the biggest police officer I have ever seen, came to our home to tell my mother that Randy had been shot and killed at 3:00am. B o x i n g is the gift that my big brother gave me and I honor his memory by being a loyal fan of the sport.
Boxing has been part of the fabric of the African American community since the inception of the Queensbury Rules. It was through boxing, African Americans could compete with their white counterparts and exact the pain, they acquired from poor treatment, on them without retribution. Through boxing, Africans Americans could raise their economic status, social standing, and morale of their community.
The same is true in 2018. To become a fighter, you must have great discipline and commitment to your craft. The relationship between trainer and fighter is one of the strongest bonds in sports. Most boxers start in the amateur ranks to develop their skills. Amateur boxing is a safer alternative to other contact sports, such as football, hockey, rugby, and lacrosse.
I have been a member of the local boxing community since 1995 and I have never seen an amateur boxer seriously injured in a sanctioned contest. Boxing is a sport that teaches you everything you need to know about yourself. You will learn what you fear, what you are willing endure, and what you are prepared to sacrifice for victory. USA Boxing, Inc. is the sanctioning body that governs amateur boxing in the America. Volunteers, such as educators, business people, police officers, community leaders, and physicians, fill most positions .
All participates must be at least 8 years old to officially start training at a USA Boxing gym. Boxing transcends sports in that there is a strong mentoring aspect to training a young person. A boxing trainer must be able to mold a fighter physically and mentally. They must know how to motivate, teach, identify each fighter’s weakness, build trust, and lead him or her into battle. Boxing allows young people to channel their kinetic energy and displaced anger in the ring through competition.
Boxing reaches young people that other sports cannot. If your son or daughter has a propensity to be aggressive in certain situations, the “sweet science” may be a resolve. My mantra is “Guns Down, Knuckle Up”… join a gym today.