Tomorrow is fight night! here we have the second installment of Sonia’s incredible boxing journey
So you’re participating in a real match, what does that even mean?
A real match has to be sanctioned by the USA Boxing Association – this is definitely not a street fight! There are weight classes, fees, physicals – the works. These fights are organized and produced by a particular gym, mine is WorkTrainFight. As the fight night approaches (about 2 months out), gyms submit the fight to the association and a notice is shared with all fighters in the area to solicit interest. From there the match ups are set up and things get REAL.
What is your goal?
Fight a smart fight. This is my second fight and my first was a real brawl, no technique at all (this happens a lot with novice fighters). I also have a new coach this time around and he has taught me so much. I really want to get in there with a clear mind and execute what he has taught me. Make him and myself proud, showing I can do what I have trained to do.
How long do you need to train for one of these fights?
It really depends on your skill level. I have seen people pull it together and look sharp in a month. I feel comfortable with two months of consistent training and focus.
What will you wear?
Uniform requirements mandate that your shirt be a different color than your top, so I will wear silk red/white shorts, black tank top, my Title boxing shoes. Everyone in amateur fights wears a mouthguard and headgear as well.
In the days leading up to the fight, what will you do to prepare mentally?
Mentally is really my hardest part. I have been repeating to myself as I walk down the street or whenever I can “You are faster, you are stronger, you want it more.” Believing in myself and feeling confident and fierce is a huge hurdle but I’m trying to work on it with meditation and picturing myself in the scenario the night of.
What will you do to prepare physically?
I started to drink a LOT more water each day, am continuing to spar and worked out a specific game plan for each round that is tailored to my opponent. I also started to train in bursts to really get the feeling of the intensity that you feel for the round. Finally, I’ve been resting, monitoring my weight each day keeping myself motivated so I don’t derail last second.
How are you feeling about it all?
Pretty good. I know I have put in the time and effort. It has been really challenging dealing with an injury so close to the fight but I know in my heart of hearts I have done all I can. I’ve shown up to work at each practice, done the PT to recover and take care of myself, lost the weight to meet my weight class etc. No matter what happens, I don’t think I could look back and say I would have done one thing differently. Despite it all, I do wake up in the middle of the night feeling some anxiety. I dream about fighting, and I think about it hourly. The week before it is really all consuming so I’m hoping to dive into some relaxation practices the days before the fight so I feel rested and in control.
Follow Sonia in the hours leading up to the fight via her instagram stories!