Reporting from the ring

Story by Amanda El Khoury

I had no clue what to expect as I walked through the doors of the New York City Boxing Club to train and spar with boxers.

The fighters at the gym were blasting music and doing various exercises, ranged from professional grade to amateur. Many were jump roping, some were beating on a punching bag, and others were sparring in the ring.

I stood at the entrance, processing what I was about to get myself into. I had done martial arts for nine years and reminded myself that if I could handle doing that, then I could successfully train like a boxer.

I’m a 22-year-old woman, and while I exercise regularly throughout the week, I was about to do the same rigorous training routine that boxers do on a daily basis.

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