Monday, July 17, 2017

My thoughts on Mayweather vs. McGregor

This is a super slippery slope. 

It is being talked about as one of the biggest combat sporting events of all-time. Floyd Mayweather, a seasoned and incredibly accomplished Professional Boxer with a record of 49-0 is coming out of retirement to officially fight a Mixed Martial Artist signed with the UFC in Conor McGregor. The fight is scheduled for Aug 26, 2017.

I attended the 'press conference' ( more like a distasteful performance) in Toronto Wednesday July 12 at The Bubweiser Stage and observed very closely from very close to the stage that Mayweather actually appeared to not even want to be there. I really don't think this is what he had in mind when he signed to fight this fight considering everything that has unfolded up to this point on that stage, on this tour. 

I believe Conor is playing on and evoking certain emotions from his crowd which are actually dangerous and absolutely unwelcome in the arena which hosts the squared circle; anger, hate and disdain for our sport. 

This is the last thing boxing needs. 

My observation of the crowd in Toronto which was at least 95 percent pro-Conor ?
Hooligan-like behaviour. Is this the type of behaviour we want to promote and condone? Is this how we want to teach our kids to enjoy sport? 

Instead of just talking about money, this is a great opportunity for all of us who know and love boxing to educate and demonstrate to any fight fan what boxing traditionally is about and still should be all about: dedication to our craft, development of skill through repetition, camaraderie and respect for our opponent NOT berating eachother off a script.

Some might argue that this could be good for boxing, to bring the fans back or attract new ones. Ideally not under these circumstances please. My hope is that people who are truly curious about the sport of boxing and want to give it a fair shake will seek beyond PPV and these sensationalized manufactured 'performances'. There are an abundance of great matches and plenty of shows being put on right here, right now in #Ontario for example. You can see the action live, feel the vibe and support the fighters by attending, then decide for yourself if boxing is alive or not👊

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Life is like a Boxing match.

The legacy we leave behind is comprised of many small calculated moves just like in any classic boxing match with a good game plan. 

Life is like a Boxing match; it could be beautiful and tragic, graceful and brutal, poetic and a jumbled mess of chaos all at the same time. 

 The analogies found in this message helps you to appreciate the wisdom of this sport as it relates to your own life and legacy.  A fighter needs to learn proper tactics and techniques to prepare for a specific opponent - a desired outcome: to beat and not be beaten. So how can we think more proactive like a boxer to act less like a victim and lead a 
more fulfilled life?  

 There is a Universal truth found in combat sport which reflects that part of being human that we can all relate to. 

We all experience feelings of fear the same way when facing times of adversity or uncertainty yet the difference that makes the difference is what we do with that fear. 

Right now, people need to wake up that fighter who resides within. They want to feel the same hope, strength and confidence that any great boxer possesses by building themselves first before they can truly understand their own legacy and grander place in this World.

A former fighter and Ontario Champion, Yvette's legacy is as a boxing entrepreneur, teacher and speaker to the benefits of boxing training used as a life-learning tool. 19 years and half her life have been fully dedicated to this sport. Her message packs a punch: hands down - and up!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Persistence and Consistency

Choose your stance, stand on guard, 
jab, slip, move - get into the groove,
roll with the punches, give them back in bunches…. 

1998 was the first time Yvette Raposo stepped into the boxing club. Despite achieving high marks in school, she had just recently dropped out of University, twice. 
What she was truly seeking could only be found in one unique place outside of herself, the gym, where she had already established much needed comfort and new confidence as a teenager struggling with body image issues.  
So at 20 years old she landed a desk job at a small privately owned gym which also happened to boast a sophisticated boxing program in the basement. Little did Yvette know how that place would continually and persistently lure her into the world of the fight-game with all it's blood, sweat and tears that followed. 
Everything about boxing made sense to Yvette because it was so much more than a sport: it was a way of life, an understanding of oneself and others, a practise to be respected and highly regarded for it’s essence, beauty and possibility - it was her future.
Day to day lessons was now hands on with fists up where the school of hard knocks would replace the more traditional form of education. However making her mark in the ring meant letting go of family expectations and societal pressures to get a ‘real’ job. Her hardest fight for many years came from paving new paths which never existed before,   creating her own way, and finally carving out the career she dreamed of. 
Being female in a highly male-dominated sport added a more complicated angle to the equation which made up her identity as a woman fighter turned teacher, promoter and now respected Ring Announcer.
As a successful entrepreneur and spokesperson for the sport, Yvette uses her experience and influence to inspire and encourage others to pursue their own paths, no matter how outrageous it may seem to others. Her keys to success have been persistence and consistency over her 19 year career.  Just like any good fight, she knows the outcome is always worth the work you put into your game. You are your own toughest opponent sometimes and although we may seem to stand alone in the ring, or on the stage of life, there always exists the right team of people at the right time who will stand in your corner: who believe in you when you need it most.