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Updated December 13, 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.

At 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 www.cooksillustrated.com.)

December 2017
 

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

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.
Celebrating 600 rounds back in April 2017--seems like a long time ago!
Here's Coach Israel Gonzalez with some members of his boxing team (September 19, 2017).

  Allen boxing at Extreme Kung Fu  

  Allen's reviews of boxing books

& boxing at . . .  
  the Evanston Boxing Club
  St. Norbert's in Northfield, MN
  Corpus Christi, TX

  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.

        October 24, 2016             November 26, 2016             December 17, 2016
As of February 11, 2017, Coach Izzy and I have sparred nearly 550 rounds, and counting.

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. 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).
July 2014
   

   
Photos by Adrian


August 2013. Photos below by Mark Carlson.
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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.
 

 

 

February 22, 2014 / Fight Night

 

 

 


December 2013
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
         

Nov. 1, 2016