This all began April of 2016…

After some small research from ExpertBoxing.com, below is a rough guide to the minimum needed to be able to fight in amateur competition and that’s where I’d like to be physically.  I need to be able to do the stuff below in one day:

  • Run 3-5 miles (5-8 km) without getting too tired
  • Jump rope for 30 minutes straight
  • Hit the heavy bag for 15 minutes non-stop
  • Be able to spar with any amateur from any gym (excluding pro-level amateurs with over 100 fights)
  • Spar double the required rounds (amateur boxing is 3 rounds)

I’m also about 5 foot 8 inches tall (175cm)… Ideally, I’d like to spar at Middleweight or lower so that means keeping my body weight below 75kg (165 lbs).

The first 3 on that list above, I can cross off already but I need to get down to serious business with my trainer, Gary Morris if I want to tick off the last 2.  Do I have it in me?…

…It’s going to be a great journey, that’s for sure and I want to blog it out there 😉

A little about me…

I just turned 37 recently and I live in Scotland with my wife Emma and my dog Poppy. I train at Lusby’s Boxing Gym but when I’m not training and blogging I’m usually on a boat in some part of the world working offshore.

I love boxing but I also play a lot of 5-aside football (or soccer, if you prefer to call it that!). My other passion is writing science fiction and fantasy and I’m actually trying to finish an actual story and get it published. Together with walking Poppy… that’s more than enough to keep someone like me busy!

Please feel free to leave a comment.

It’s always good to hear words of encouragement or listen to someone else’s experiences.

If you feel inspired to do anything remotely active then good for you.  Never give up and don’t let anyone ever tell you that you’re too old to start something.

Why is this site called “A Southpaw Swan” ?…

Well those are my initials… Shingy WanSwan. 😉