“Hit her like you hit me!”
I yelled, jumping out my seat!
“Hit her in the face!”
I don’t normally shout and scream like a maniac, but I was at York Hall on Friday 16thNovember to cheer on Floyd’s FloBox fighters, Ruck, Junior and David.
First up was Ruck ‘Rukka’ Atwal. Ruck is one of those people with a big smile, amazingly long eyelashes and a disturbingly fierce punch. I especially loved the music she came into the ring to; the majority of the tunes are powerful, loud and set to psyche themselves up. For example, Eminem’s Lose Yourself, Eye of the Tiger, Here I go Again and Here Comes the Hotstepper. Ruck’s on the other hand was Brown Girl in the Ring – a scarily creepy choice as it instantly reminded you of those horror films that use falsely innocent music just before something horrible happens. A great choice however, as it made Ruck smile and unnerved her opponent.
Junior ‘The Warrior’ Isles was interesting to watch, as I didn’t know him as well as Ruck or David. However, as he stepped into the ring and the light glinted off those muscles, I felt for his opponent. He was truly an intimidating sight.
Last but not least, David ‘DJ’ Johnson was up. He’s one of those annoyingly fit people who sails through exercise like it’s a walk in the park. And is still smiling at the end. Having seen him train, I knew he determined and ridiculously strong.
As for the fights, well they were great. It’s a very different world from training in class to stepping into a ring knowing that the person opposite you just wants to smash your face in. In a nice, rule-bound way, of course. Having been lured into a training ring before, it’s as though your world suddenly shifts; everything’s more tiring, your emotions are all over the place and the rules are different – your target is moving and is hitting back. And it’s not so much that it hurts, but it’s the humiliation of it all. I really couldn’t imagine how the fighters must have been feeling.
I am proud to say that all of Floyd’s boxers did well – whilst I wouldn’t say I’m at all qualified to comment on how they fought, it was obvious that they knew their stuff and if winners were declared, I’d put my money on them. Next time though, I want my knockout.
Right, who’s up for a bit of boxing?
If anyone’s up for it, come along to Floyd’s Saturday classes in Tower Hill. It’s hardcore, fun and Floyd takes no prisoners, Shannon Eastman can attest for that.
FloBlox with Floyd
Every Saturday 12.15pm – 1.45pm at Thomas More Fitness First. £10. Just turn up.