Claressa Shields, reigning Olympic and World Champion, came to visit my gym yesterday!
Bottom row (Left to Right): Nyisha "Siyah" Goodluck, Me, Little Nick Scaturchio, Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, Chris "BHopp" Colbert
Top Row: Tara Ciccone, Mo, Hamza Alhumaidi, Reshat "The Albanian Bear" Mati, Coach Aureliano Sosa, Richardson "Africa" Hitchins, Bruce "Shu Shu" Carrington, Jr, Akil "That Guy" Auguste, Coach Hilergio "Quiro" Bracero, Derrel "Bro Man" Williams
I was so happy watching Claressa shadowbox in the ring while the kids gathered around asking about her fights and her training. I consider this Darshan for my boxers. Claressa is the best woman in the world at what she does, perhaps the best woman boxer ever. Seeing that can change you.
It's been a rough fall. Over at our gym blog, I've posted a tribute to a young man who was shot to death in Brownsville.
I haven't been doing much writing, but I have essays coming out soon in Penthouse Forum and the Threepenny Review. Here's hoping Claressa was Darshan for me, too.