When you have that little “Birdie” in your ear telling you that you are the
meanest, the BADDEST, female boxer, and that you are ready to fight this
boxer, or that boxer…you MAY want to check out WBAN’s TOP TEN REASONS when
you should NOT take a fight!
DO NOT take a pro bout, if you are a pro debuter, and you do not know the
difference between fighting tough woman bouts and amateur female sanctioned
bouts. Yep…believe it or not, WBAN has heard from female “fighters” who
actually do not know the difference.
DON’T take a fight when you have to drop “a lot” of weight…or put on “a lot”
of weight (ah…coins in the pockets, weights in the bra)… How MANY times have
we seen one boxer that almost had to strip down to nothing to make weight,
and her opponent wearing anything from a complete set of clothes to Army
Fatigues to weigh in heavier!
Want to add a “Good chance of a loss” to your record? Just take a fight
against a boxer who fights almost ALL the time in the same venue (their
hometown and in front of their boxing fan base) ….Just see how the
scorecards go at the end of the bout when you fight these boxers….
IF YOU DO
TAKE ONE OF THESE FIGHTS…make sure the purse is worth it, AND that you are
in superb shape, BECAUSE….you are going to need any
and all advantages you can muster up to take these “uphill battles” in the
DON’T take a fight…when you have been boxing for only a short time, and some
trainer, manager, and/or promoter tells you are READY to go! Beware of
ANYONE who tries to talk you into fighting as a pro when you have been
boxing a short time and you have had limited exposure to the sport.
DON’T take a fight if you have been OUT of the gym. WBAN has seen MANY
boxing matches made, where the fighter will say that she is in shape and has
been working out. Then she takes a fight, and cannot perform up to her
potential. She even risks losing to a less skillful, but “In better shape”
DON’T take a fight if you have retired and have exited the sport. There are
"slick" promoters/matchmakers in this sport that look for boxers like you.
They love to pull out retired boxers who may have once been a great or noted
boxer, and then match them with their cash cow, who IS in shape and ready to take you on, after
you have settled into “retired” mode. (An exception is if you have decided
on your own to re-enter the sport, after properly preparing to get back in
the fight game).
DON’T take a fight, if you cannot even get the promoter to fly you and your
trainer/manager to the fight! WBAN has seen boxers drive 15-20 hours to a
fight arriving the same day as the weigh-in or a day before. You are stacking the cards
against yourself when you do not travel by air, AND/OR get to the venue in
plenty of time before the fight, to acclimate to the area.
DON’T take a fight if you are injured! Boxers will at times, hide injuries
to take fights, and usually with negative results---It is not worth it.
9. For Boxers who are fighting as a pro...DON’T allow “others” to get you in matches that are with opponents who are
too experienced and too skillful for “your level” of boxing. If the person
getting you the match has no regard for your safety---then YOU need to have regard
for your safety.
DON’T take a last-minute fight, UNLESS you are a boxer who continuously
trains in the gym, and are in top shape.
It is important to take ownership of your own
destiny. Allowing people to talk you into taking bum matches, weird
circus-type matches, just for the almighty buck, hurts you in the long
run---not them. If you are in the sport to try to make a living
to pay the bills, then you are in it for probably the wrong reasons---at
least in this time frame of the sport