I wrote this when it all started. I took it down because it felt melodramatic. Now, in London and little more than six months later, it is a crime to wrestle. We have to hold on to what we had, and make sure it comes back. So I am re-posting it. A private citizen's charter for the restoration of the right to fight.

Remember that crackle of air as you win?
Your forearm, his forearm; leather on skin.
Feeling that feeling of "I got it right!".
Pacing it, timing it, angle and height.

Fooling him, feinting him, slipping his jab;
blocking his cross, and smacking him back.
Then raising the hairs of his still-outstretched arm
as you slide your big overhand home with a slam.

Explosion of foot, hip and shoulder in sync.
Confirmed by your spine as the shock wave came in.
A batsqueak of sadism. Fire between eyes.
A bell in the background. Steam hanging high.
And then from shocked nostrils a dribble of blood
as his bent nose returns to the shape that it should.

In this torn apart world where viruses rage,
a punch is a punch, whatever your age.
So come with me, boxers, to park or to gym.
Bring gum shield and head guard and all that's within.
Let's train and do push ups, work technical drill.
Then touch gloves and spar while the planet lies ill.

While stock markets waver and industries fall
while people nurse loved ones, adrift in it all.
While crowds cannot gather and travel is banned,
we'll find, in our game, something closer to hand.

Courtesy honour respect and fair play.
And there as we square it'll all be okay.

Last edited on 10/16/2020 3:28 PM by Ironbull

Comments (6)

Seniorboxer (34 ) 4 days ago

As we still can train and spar here - the stress is on still - at the moment it is not normal but OK. But I expect for the winter the worst. The next shutdown will leave shops open, but restaurants and gyms will have to close again. So let us take cover and next spring it might be get better. I will go on with training as we might meet a second time. I want to be ready for the restart. And this will happen - sooner or later


surrey71 (23 ) 4 days ago

Well written and now so timely! I think - in truth - there’ll be no real chance of wrestling/fighting/boxing safely until Spring ‘21 with the eternal hope that a vaccine or really effective medical treatment found in the meantime!


FightFan1970 (6) 4 days ago

Great piece, well done. Very timely mate


AussieBoxer (25 ) 4 days ago

Ironbull knows how to write
About why we must fight


Long for this (18) 3 days ago

As usual very poignant writing mate ! Now you have all this spare time you should exploit your talent!!
My heart goes out to you fellas over there.It must be hell for you! Our gyms , Weight training & fighting, are all open again & functioning !
It will end mate, hang in there !!
Gloves up, chin down


Jorgeler (11 ) 9 hours ago

I liked it, very well written