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Updated 15 August 2018

Excerpt from my boxing book-in-progress

Cubano Fest below
Golden Gloves
Round count
Christmas BBQ
Nov. rounds
600 rounds
300 rounds
Sparring in April
to Sept.
EBC closes
Random EBC shots
2015 start at EKF
EBC Fight Night
July at EBC
EBC December
2013 at the EBC
St. Norbert's
Corpus Christi, TX
At Studio 360
First EBC pictures
Visitors boxing
Pros at the EBC
Coach Izzy organized a great boxing demonstration for the 2018 Cubanofest
at Riis Park Aug. 10-12. On Saturday, Aug. 11, Coach and I sparred 3 rounds.
On the left, it looks like my right upper (black shoes) is lifting Coach (white shoes) off the canvas, but don't you believe it
Above, looks like he missed me, but don't believe that, either
Coach figures he won & who am I to disagree? It is always an honor to get in the ring with this great fighter

IzzyDuzIt Boxing was featured in June 2018 on the website.
Congratulations, Coach! Great to see you and your boxers getting this attention.

Boris, AJF, Kendrick on the right
July 28, 2018: Coach Izzy & Allen have 1148 rounds in the books
June 26, June 30, 2018
Coach likes his new shoes, about time he got used to wearing a pair!
Coach Izzy and Allen sparred round # 1000 Saturday, April 7, and pushed the number to 1005.
Picture on left by Coach. On right, after #1000
March 2018
Coach Izzy & Allen have logged 951 rounds of sparring as of March 3, 2018

March 3, 2108 (above): 951 rounds today
300 rounds July 2016
400 rounds October 2016
500 rounds January 2017
600 rounds April 2017
700 rounds July 2017
Started 3-minute rounds
800 rounds October 2017
900 rounds January 2018
Pictures left & above

December 2017

The Coach is always promising to put some BBQ sauce on his boxers' ribs to teach us to keep our elbows down. I figured it
would be good to give him my favorite flavor, Bull's Eye Original, along with a T-shirt to associate a great coach with a great brand.


Below, left, coach is suggesting the approximate
area where the hot sauce will stick.

About the sauce, Cook's Illustrated (which I think is the best cooking magazine there is) wrote (June 2017)

"In the end, our winner was once again the aptly named Bull’s-Eye Original BBQ Sauce. This moderately sweet, tomatoey sauce offered just enough
spice and smoke, producing a well-balanced medley of flavors with no specific flavor dominating. Our winning product was delicious and versatile,
and it wasn’t too thick or thin. We’ll be using this palate-pleasing sauce all summer long." (Quoted from


  Noveber 2017 Coach Izzy & Allen (& Gavin)
Pictures from Nov. 17, 21, 25, 2017

840 rounds and counting


Always honored to salute my great boxing coach, Israel Gonzales, the man behind Izzyduzitfitness. On Oct. 31, 2017, we sparred round #840 (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-minute rounds for a couple of sessions, and then moved up to 6 3-min. rounds, twice a week.
Pictures above August 2017.

Here's Coach Israel Gonzalez with some members of his boxing team (September 19, 2017).

In July 2016 we hit 300 rounds, having worked together about 8 months. Called for a cake.
    July 2016
Thanks, coach, for making it real.  

Shots after sparring at Extreme Kung Fu @ 5951 N. Clark, Chicago.
Pictures from 2016
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 . . . .
Other pictures from 2016
May 2016 at EKF
Starting at EKF September 2015
Boxing at Extreme Kung Fu @ 5951 N. Clark, Chicago.

I started with Thursday night and Saturday morning boxing classes. The fitness class on Thursday was tough but gave me a chance to get to know Coach Izzy, and soon I switched to working in the ring with him as my coach. We started sparring Oct. 22, 2015, 3 2-minute rounds. By the end of 2015, Coach Izzy Gonzales and I had gone 93 2-minute rounds. That's a lot of sparring! Thanks to a great coach for making it real.



Pictures from 2015
When we started out, coach had a "dry" look at the end of our sessions (upper & lower left), but not any more.


Boxing at the Evanston Boxing Club 2011-2015, four great years

One door closes at the EBC, another opens. The Evanston Boxing Club closed at the end of July 2015.
Here are some of the last pictures I took there after my last workout with Andrian.

And here are some workout and coach pictures around the EBC that I took in my first years there, 2011-13.

Andrian and Allen @ the EBC December 2014




July 2014: Photos by Andrian

February 22, 2014, was one of many Fight Nights at the EBC. Loyola Boxing Club founder Ryan Motzel sparring, below.



Pictures from my work with Coach Mark Carlson in August 2013. Photos by Mark Carlson.

In December 2013 I stopped in Northfield, MN, for a short workout with Gordon Marino at St. Norbert's College.

Marino is a boxing correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
Summer 2012: work with Mark at the EBC, a clip I put up on YouTube. Go here:

For a while in 2012 I trained with Pete Spengler at Studio 360 in Lincolnwood

Adventurous in those days, I went to Corpus Christi, Texas, in November 2012
to meet boxing coach Rafael Davilla and boxers at this gym there.

Here are pictures from 2011, my early days at the EBC, working with Coach Mark Carlson, below right:


In August 2011 I helped some young visitors from Prague into gloves.
There were some great pro boxers at the EBC.

They included Russell (Rocky) Fiore and Paul Littleton. That link shows Paul in an amazing video.
You can find them both on Facebook and at BoxRec--Paul and Russell (requires login, but it's free).

August 15, 2018