The Art of Windmilling: What Happens When Novices Enter a Boxing Ring?

AS a chipper, ponytailed Asian woman in a blue
headguard shimmied down the runway, half a dozen sozzled if smartly dressed
blokes sitting at a table waited for the drop in her ring entrance song –
‘Don’t Wanna Know’ by Di & Shy FX & T Power Feat. Skibadee, for the
record – and used it, this cue, to return to halcyon clubbing days, bouncing
first with each other and then with her.

They had no idea who she was. They were waiting to see
someone else. But still they jumped around and fist-bumped shiny new boxing
gloves; still they, and 1,600 others, made this girl with the popular walkout
tune, this girl more Pokémon than pugilist, feel special on the night she
played dress-up and boxed for the very first time.

“Is this the first time there has been a feature on
white-collar boxing in Boxing News?” asked Jon Leonard, the founder of
Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB), an hour into his company’s latest Saturday
night show at Stepney’s Troxy. Told his assumption was correct, he then
wondered, “Why now?”

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