You get your boxing writers who are snipers with the keyboard, who talk to down to, diss and dismiss the people who take that brave walk up those four steps, into that squared circle, under those bright lights, their heart beating hard, the butterflies colliding maniacally in their bellies. I never want to be that guy…
One element of what pros go through which doesn't maybe get enough press, which maybe is spoken of too flippantly, is making weight.
This rant topic popped up in my head this morning when I talked to New Yorker Heather Hardy, who looks to go to 10-0 when she takes part in the first female fight in Barclays Center, against Jackie Trivilino (9-7-3). Heather, a 32 year old hitter who turned pro in 2012, and fights for Lou DiBella, told me she ate some oatmeal on Thursday morning…and that would likely be it for the day.
Oh, sorry, I forgot..she did say she would be chewing something else…some ice chips.
Just chips, mind you, because if she were to guzzle a 16 ounce Poland Spring, guess what, that would be 16 ounces of weight added to her frame.
About 400 calories worth of oatmeal.
For the whole damn day.
I'm going to remind myself of that the next time I'm tempted to make a Scale Fail joke for someone, I think…
Check out the Hardy video, for the Boxing Channel.
Who will win #HOPKINSKOVALEV