Always honored to salute my great boxing coach, Israel Gonzales, the man behind Izzyduzitfitness. On Oct. 31, 2017, we sparred round #802 (date of pictures left & center above). We started sparring in late October 2015, so it took us 2 years to rack up this number of rounds. It's a good thing the coach can modify his punches or we would have had to stop about the time we started.
Coach Izzy and I crossed the 700-round mark July 5, 2017. Then we switched from 2-minute rounds (doing 6 rounds per session) to 3-minute rounds (4 rounds per session). We did 5 3-minuterounds for a couple of sessions, and then moved up to 6 3-min. rounds, twice a week.
Allen's reviews of boxing books
Some are books by and / or about boxers, |
others are fiction in which boxing plays a part, even a minor part.
If the book sheds light on the subject of boxing,
I am hoping to include it here.
In July 2016 we hit 300 rounds, having worked together about 8 months. Called for a cake. February 22, 2014 / Fight Night
Nov. 1, 2016
Thanks, coach, for making it real.
Shots after sparring at Extreme Kung Fu @ 5951 N. Clark, Chicago. April 3
May 3 & 10
June 7 July 26
Besides having a lot to learn about boxing, I have a lot to learn about posing for boxing pictures!
Aug 2, 9, & 30
Sept 13 & 24
Oct 11, 18, 22, & 29
10/18/2016 a lucky day for me, actually landed one!
Big fun & bragging rights, small cost. Coach says I hit myself with my own gloves, but . . . .
September 2015 - May 2016
When we started out, coach had a "dry" look at the end of our sessions (upper & lower left), but not any more.
Sparring a few
One door closes at the EBC, another opens
End of the line: Evanston Boxing Club closed at the end of July 2015. Some last pictures here:
Allen & Andrian, last EBC workout of many.
A little history: some random snaps around the EBC 2011-13 ·
Andrian and Allen @ the EBC December 2014 (below)
The Evanston Boxing Club
Boxers who have trained here include
Russell (Rocky) Fiore and Paul Littleton (here in an amazing video).
You can find them both on Facebook and at BoxRec--Paul and Russell (requires login, but it's free).
Photos by Adrian
August 2013. Photos below by Mark Carlson.
For a little YouTube fun:
Coach: Mark Carlson, Evanston Boxing Club
sparring coach 50 seconds in is Pete Spengler, 360 Fitness, Lincolnwood
At the 360 Fitness Studio
Pictures from 2011
The guy in red with the perfect stance, he would be the coach.
Young visitors from Prague try on some gloves.
A short workout with Gordon Marino at St. Norbert's College, Northfield, MN,
a boxing correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
Rafael Davilla and friends in Corpus Christi
February 22, 2014 / Fight Night
Nov. 1, 2016