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Spitting up teeth: Survival in the City

Mark Elliott

May 12, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-part series on City Boxing. All the time I’ve spent watching stories center in a ring, be it cartoons, boxing, MMA or Professional Wrestling, and yet it’s still hard for me to figure out how to get in this white ring. I try to hop but it’s taller than I thought. Forget running in and sliding under th...

Spitting up teeth: Born here in the City

Mark Elliott

April 21, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part series on City Boxing. As mentioned in a previous installment of this column, San Diego wasn’t always a place where gyms were around nearly every block. These days, San Diego has a new facet to its identity thanks to fight culture — though that was never the case for our city block. Around our corner from City College is a blue box that promises “this place builds champs." We’re aware of that as we pass it on route to class. Outside that box you may have seen the champs wrapping hands, dragging jump rope or practicing slick rope-a-dope. Some City students among us live that promise firsthand and they’ll tell you-whether you're a 30 day passerby or a seasoned pugilist, City Boxing's aim is to leave you better. When you enter, there is a ring that meets ...

Spitting Up Teeth: Pop! Resting on frozen peas

Mark Elliott

March 10, 2015

“Alright! Elliott — E.B ... Match up!” Starting in standing position our hands shake, we circle round each other waiting for reaction, our palms slap to keep each other busy; keep each other thinking before the grab. It’s all over quite fast. Guard is pulled and so am I. “Twist, turn…and pop!” Pop! — Ahhhh! Tap! Never had...

Spitting Up Teeth: Rec Center Rolling

Mark Elliott

February 24, 2015

This begins in a place most fighters first learn their craft. Before this sandy town by the beach had foam lined gyms around most neighborhood blocks. If it was not your dad teaching you to use that good right hand, a person usually learns to fight in strip mall dojos or recreation centers found by word of mouth. Here in San Ysidro, in a room behind air hockey tables, ...

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