By: Sarris Balcerzak ~Copy Editor~
While most XU students are getting ready for basketball season, Xavier’s Club Boxing is preparing for its first fight night against UC and Miami on Oct. 25.
The team hopes to continue its tradition of victory as it is used to “crushing” both Miami University and rival UC, junior Garrett Collins, a new member of the team, said.
Though Collins is a member who has previous boxing experience, he says that everyone is welcome, regardless of his or her level of experience.
Collins provided some insight as to why he has returned to the sport.
“I missed it. It’s a great work out. I needed something to push me to my physical limits and boxing does just that,” Collins said.
Junior Kendra Tosheff, a rookie to boxing, joined for a different reason.
“I joined to learn the sport, meet new people and get a good team work out,” Tosheff says.
Many students may not associate learning to fight with building new friendships. However, according to the club members, Xavier’s Club Boxing is a fun, friendly environment that encourages athletes to learn from each other.
During a typical practice, the team first runs and stretches together and then breaks off into groups of three or four.
The club members also spend time during practice brushing up on the fundamentals of boxing.The club works on drills such as heavy bags, speed bags, hand bags and shadow box.
Another event for those interested in boxing is Club Boxing’s “Open Fight Night,” which will take place in mid-November. It entails in-club sparring and an audience is welcome.
Collins believes that there are benefits to boxing.
“There’s no other sport like it, you step into the ring and find out who’s the better, stronger, faster individual. After practice I feel tired, but accomplished. I know I pushed myself as I was able,” Collins said.
The team meets at 7 p.m. on Mondays, 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, and 4 p.m. on Fridays in the Armory for anyone who wishes to participate.
For more information contact Club Boxing president, Michael Harringon at email@example.com or join the group’s Orgsync page.