I wanted to give a little more information on who I am before I continued with the news, in case anyone was wondering (or cared). Well, as I stated before, my name is Ashley and I’m twenty-three years old. I live in Chicago and I’ve lived here my whole life. Oh yeah, the “Windy City” is a lovely place… it’s more than great pizza and cold weather. I think everyone should visit Chicago at least once.
Boxing has been a part of my growing up. And I only say this because I would watch my father look at boxing when I was younger. Sometimes I would look at it with him, but it was more so because I love bonding with my dad and it was something we could do together. I wasn’t interested in boxing at all. In middle school I watched it once in a blue moon… meaning hardly ever. And it was still a family thing. So I can’t say I was an actual “fan” growing up. But I definitely saw the Ward vs. Gatti match when I was twelve years old. I must say even then as a young girl I knew that fight was huge. I took interest in it as a casual fan during my high school years. I started learning about the big names in boxing at first and by the time college came around boxing became a full-fledge interest.
So how did this “full-fledge interest” come about? With the help of friends and family I tried catching up on all the great fights I’d missed. Obviously, I’d missed a lot and I still have so much to catch up on. Each time I watch a fight, I get even more excited. They’re like epic stories unfolding right before your eyes. Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Pernell Whitaker, Juilo Cesar Chavez, Joe Frazier, Marvin Hagler, George Foreman, Oscar De La Hoya —- all great boxers with different stories of success mixed with controversy.
Boxing is NOT the only thing I enjoy doing. I love music so I play the piano every chance I get. Some of my favorite tv shows are Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rubicon (before they cancelled it), Entourage, One on One, The Chappelle Show, Sunrise Earth, and Man vs. Food.
Some of my favorite movies are The Departed, Inception, The Bourne Trilogy (pretty much anything that stars Matt Damon or Leonardo DiCaprio, I guess), The Game, The Fighter and the list can go on and on.
Reading is another one of my favorite things to do. I’ve been reading a book “At The Fights: American Writers on Boxing” by George Kimball and John Schulian and it’s a great book that you all should pick up. In the book Colum McCann says, “Boxers get told to imagine punching a spot behind your opponent’s head, to reach in so far so they can extend the destruction to the back of the head. Writers do the same thing—-they try to imagine a spot behind your brain and punch you there.” I completely agree with this statement. Just like boxing is about pushing the limits, writing is supposed to provide that same ideology for the mind.
I want to provide that kind of reading for you all. I hope you enjoy what I cover and I am open for suggestions/opinions on stories if you inbox me here on tumblr.