Posts Tagged ‘Mischa Merz

23
Feb
12

Gleason’s Gym Second Annual All Female Boxing Clinic!

Gleason’s Gym Second Annual All Female Boxing Clinic!

The World Famous Gleason’s Gym and Brooklyn’s own treasure, will be hosting the second annual All Female Boxing Clinic on April 19, 20 and 21, 2012!

There will be two days of boxing basics followed by a sanctioned all female boxing show.  The training will be handled by Gleason’s top female trainers and our female World Champions.

The amateur show will be sanctioned by USABoxingmetro and will be video-streamed live on www.gofightlive.tv with Gleason’s own Sonya Lamonakis providing the on-air commentary.

Last year’s All Female Boxing Clinic was highly successful with contingents from Great Britain and Germany joining women from all across the United States, as well as former Australian national champion Mischa Merz.

From the Girlboxing perspective, it’s a fantastic opportunity for novices on through established boxers to hone their skills plus have the opportunity to work out with some of the best in the business!

If you are interested contact Bruce Silverglade at Gleason’s Gym.

The telephone number is: 718 797 2872 and the email address is: info@gleasonsgym.net.  You can also check out Gleason’s website here.

The cost of the clinic is $299.00.

Bruce Silverglade was kind enough to sit down with Girlboxing last year, this is what he had to say!

12
Oct
11

Women Boxing in a Bookstore?!?

Women Boxing in a Bookstore?!?

It seems that historically, women who had the skills and desire to box were consigned to all manner of places in order to ply their skills.  Last month’s Bookstore Boxing event at BookCourt in Brooklyn was in the grand tradition of those earlier exhibitions.

The twist is that the event included author’s Mischa Merz (“The Sweetest Thing”) and Binnie Klein (“Blows to the Head”) reading excerpts from their books.  The main event featured the incredible boxing prowess of reigning WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Alicia Ashley and 2008 New York Daily News Golden Gloves Champion Camille Currie.

The event also provided some insightful commentary on the challenges facing women who choose to enter the sport professionally — decidedly as a labor of love.

Women’s Boxing at Roseland Dance Hall, NYC, 1920’s or 1930’s

The Boxing Gordon Sisters at Edison Studios, May 6, 1901

Popeye Cartoon, “Never Kick a Woman” (Sporting Goods Store Window), 1930’s

08
Sep
11

My dinner with Mischa Merz!

My dinner with Mischa Merz!

Mischa Merz

Former Austrialian national champion Mischa Merz and author of the book, The Sweetest Thing: A Boxer’s Memoir has come to New York to meet up with old friends and promote her book.  She’ll be reading a chapter tonight (September 8th) at the Sidewalk Cafe (94 Avenue A @ 6th Street) in the East Village beginning at 6:30 PM.

Mischa will also be reading in at her Bookstore Boxing event along with author Binnie Klien, documentary filmmaker, Leyla Leidecker and for the “main event” a women’s boxing exhibition featuring WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Alicia Ashley and 2008 Golden Glove winner Camille Currie.  The event will be held at BookCourt  (163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY) on Sunday, September 11th beginning at 7:00 PM.

Last night, I had the opportunity to meet up with Mischa at Gleason’s Gym and after a workout we headed over to Rice Restaurant on Washington Street for some well deserved dinner!

Generous with her time as always, Mischa talked about the process of writing her book noting that much of the book “wrote itself” because as she put it, “I have the luxury of this great reality I can write about.”

For those Girlboxing readers who have not read Mischa’s book, it is a personal journey through the world of women’s boxing in the United States at a particular place and time — and ends with an epilogue about the  2010 Women’s World Championships in Barbados.

In talking about how she came up with the concept for the book she wanted to write a contemporary history of women’s boxing so that the flashes of brilliance found in such fighters as Bonnie Canino wouldn’t be forgotten.  “In another five or ten years it’ll be like trying to dig out people that are just lost,” she said.

This germ of an idea expanded to become a more personal journey through the story, and as she says, a lived experienced. “The book was more about spending time with people and training with people I’d admired from a distance,” adding that in writing the book, “it was a matter of producing, it was a matter of tying it up.  It was a very tight deadline I had 6 months to write it and live it.  I spent 5 weeks here fighting, writing up notes every night in cafes about what was happening and then from August to December I had to turn it into a manuscript.”

The book is also a sojourn through a personal passion best stated in the preface to her book:

My relationship with boxing has been like one you would have with another human being.  I have loathed it and adored it.  It has both invaded my dreams and turned my stomach.  I have resolved to reduce its significance in my life only to see my passionf or it intensify.  Boxing is my man. Even my husband will tell you so. (ix)

Sitting across a dinner table, Mischa is no less passionate about the sport. Talking about the 2010 Women’s World Championships in Barbados she said, “Barbados really was a dramatic seismic shift in my mind.  It was like every where you looked the women boxers were really great: explosive, technical, hitting hard.  Many women don’t know that they can be much more explosive, but these women were amazing. There were 300 or so and they were fighters, not just women, but great fighters.”

When Mischa isn’t taking fights or working as a boxing trainer in Melbourne, Australia, she writes.

“As a journalist, I continue to write about women’s boxing, but I like to write about other things as well, not get stuck too much.  I’ve discovered another potential book, but it’s much more Australian.  It’s about an aboriginal boxing gym, in Melbourne.  It’s history is actually connected to the Black Panthers movement here, and the [American]  civil rights movement, was its inpsiration.  That movement has been completely derailed in Australia. The gym has got the boxing at its core, but the ripples go beyond. It’ll be more of a historical book, but again, I may need to write it in the same way, by being inside.”

Having spent a lovely evening talking about boxing – not to mention a fabulous meal, we headed off in our separate directions.  If you can make it through the water logged streets of New York, do try and catch her reading tonight @ the Sidewalk Cafe and for you Brooklynites (or folks who just love a great time), do try and make it BookCourt on Sunday evening.  Otherwise, R-E-A-D Mischa’s book, its great!

 

28
Aug
11

Women’s Bookstore Boxing!

Women’s Bookstore Boxing!

BookCourt, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

As a New Yorker, September 11th has a particular meaning — especially this year on the 10th anniversay.  One way of honoring the friends and fellow citizens who lost their lives is to embrace all that is positive and wonderful about life!

So, if you looking for something to do that is positive and fun, come on down to BookCourt in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn for a fabulous evening of women’s boxing and readings about boxing!

The evening will include a wonderful exhibition of the sport by Alicia “Slick” Ashley and Camille Currie!

Alicia Ashley and Camille Currie

At 43, Ashley is the oldest women’s boxing champion having recently defended her WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship title against the much younger Christina Ruiz.  Alicia has also been Camille’s trainer and was in her corner when she won the 2008 Daily News Golden Gloves Championship at 132 lbs.   Camille Currie will be making her professional boxing debut on September 17th.

Mischa Merz, Author, The Sweetest Thing

Binnie Klien, Author, Blows to the Head

The literary part of the evening will include Australian national women’s boxing champion, Mischa Merz, reading from her boxing memoir, The Sweetest Thing and author and radio personality Binnie Klien, reading from her boxing memoir,  Blows to the Head.

Details of the event are as follows!

Sunday, September 11th, 7pm
Book Court
163 Court St
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 875-3677

10
Aug
11

Wordless Wednesday, 8/10/11

Wordless Wednesday…

All Female Boxing Clinic, Gleason's Gym, Spring 2011

Wordless Wednesday is a group of bloggers who give words a rest once a week.

12
Jul
11

Women’s Boxing Updates

Women’s Boxing Updates.

Ana Maria Torres!

Ana Maria Torres, Photo Credit: Enrigue Perez Heurta, Demotix

Ana Maria Torres who will be meeting Jackie Nava on July 30th in a rematch of their “battle royal” from last April was honored in Mexico City, Mexico by the president of the boxing commission, Rafael Herrera Lemus for her twelve years at the forefront of women’s boxing in Mexico and the world.

Long considered a leader in women’s sports in Mexico, she has become an important role model and inspiration for women all over Mexico.  Girlboxing sends our warmest congratulations to Ana Maria Torres for her continued success in the women’s boxing.

WBAN Top Ten TIPS for Women Boxers + a new member of the WBAN Resource Team

Over at Women Boxing Archive Network (WBAN), Sue Fox has a terrific piece out today with her top ten tips for women boxers — or how best to promote oneself.  Her ideas are solid gold for any women interested in propelling their professional boxing careers. This must read piece is here.

WBAN has also announced that Mischa Merz has joined the WBAN Resource Team. Mischa recently published her second memoir, The Sweetest Thing.  Making her home in Melbourne, is a talented fighter and former National champion.

Argentinian Women Boxers!

Argentina's Yesica Bopp (left) won the WBA/WBO light flyweight title in June, Credit: Reuters (curtesy BBC)

The BBC’s website carried a terrific piece on the state of women’s boxing in Argentina on July 2nd.  Entitled, Why Argentina is producing women boxing champions the piece notes that note only are women joining the sport for the love it, but are also finding that they can earn a decent living. Women are gaining sponsors, and finding respect in the sport that includes national TV coverage — something sorely lacking in the United States.  The article is well worth the read if for no other reason than to show the state of women’s boxing as a global phenomenon in the run up to the 2012 Olympics.

17
May
11

Things to do about boxing on a rainy day, read “The Sweetest Thing”!

Things to do about boxing on a rainy day, read The Sweetest Thing!

It seems as if the East Coast of the US is in for several more days of rain.  That might put a damper on roadwork, not to mention flare up old knee aches.  If you decide that inside is better than out and can’t bring yourself to watching yet another network TV show … First and foremost, get on over to your nearest bookstore, or try the internet version of “ring, ring” to buy Girlboxing friend Mischa Merz’s fabulous new book …

The Sweetest Thing: A Boxer’s Memoir.

Part memoir, part wonderful reportage, this must read book about women’s boxing inside and outside of the ring is as engaging as it is insightful about what it takes to be an elite athlete in the sport.

As Lucia Rijker wrote, The Sweetest Thing is, “A beautiful journal-like book [that] documents the ins and outs of female boxing from behind the scene.”

I think you’ll agree that Mischa has captured the heart and soul of the sport as she not only describes such things as the relationship between fighter and trainer, but what it takes to win and lose in a sport that has only recently started to garner a modicum of the respect it deserves.

Mischa is also one of the sport’s champions in her own right and has become an important voice in promulgating what is best about the sport.

So Girlboxing friends, if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to hit your local bookseller (or online equivalent) to get a copy of Mischa’s book and start reading!




June 2019
M T W T F S S
« Jan    
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 3,581 other followers

Girlboxing Now! on Twitter

@Girlboxingnow

Share this blog!

Bookmark and Share
free counters
Blog Directory

Blog Stats

  • 763,492 hits

Twitter Updates

© Malissa Smith and Girlboxing, 2010-2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Malissa Smith and Girlboxing with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

%d bloggers like this: