This piece was penned by Seniesa Estrada, an undefeated professional fighter hailing from Los Angeles, California. In it, she tells us about her first memories of boxing and how it sparked her passion for the sport.
Boxing. That word is capable of creating so many emotions. Boxing has the power to stress, depress and exhaust. It has the power to bring joy, laughter and life to fighters. I know this to be true because my life revolves around boxing.
June 17, 2000, was “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya vs. “Sugar” Shane Mosley for the WBC, IBA and the vacant welterweight championships. Watching that fight at 7 years old, I was fanatical about the sport. I had to do it. I needed to do it and nothing was going to stop me.
I remember being mesmerized by every movement, every punch and every sound — from the thwack of leather on flesh to the crescendos of the crowd as combinations landed.
I found something that made sense to me. Something that was easy to figure out, like the way a mathematician can solve a math problem in seconds. I couldn’t solve an algebra problem if the answer was given to me, but I can use my own theories and techniques to solve problems in the ring.
G.H. Hardy once said, “A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.”
To me, the amazing thing about boxing is being able to create new theories and new ideas to win. Ideas that are your own. Because every good sparring session and fight consists of new ideas.
Patterns that are always repeated will be easily figured out by others. The feeling of winning is great, but the process of winning — improvement by virtue of your own ideas and innovations — is even better.
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