I am a 41 year old college professor who is preparing to box in my first (and perhaps only) amateur white collar boxing match in November 2013. This is my training blog where I hope to detail every workout and everything that I have done to prepare for this November match. I started completely out of shape. I tried finding a blog like this online and could not. Something detailed from a beginner middle-aged white collar boxer. I hope this can be helpful to others, even if I'm spending very little time writing and doing no editing at all. I hope this blog can be helpful to you if you are a new middle aged boxer like myself.

1. Height: 6 ft

2. Starting Weight: 237 lbs 
*Update Nov 20, 2013: 213 lbs

3. Required weight for fight: 199 lbs
- I am currently a super heavyweight (201+ pounds) and I want to box in the heavyweight division which is 82 to 91 kilograms. (180 to 200 lbs) 
- I found out one week before the match that they're going to combine the superheavy and the heavy weight class, and so anyone over 180lbs will be in one division. This is good for me since I don't have to cut any more weight and can just eat healthy. Again it's rare to find super heavyweights, so I have no idea how tall or how heavy my opponent will be. I'll have to decide on my strategy basically in the ring. 

4. Start date: August 6, 2013 or 116 days total until the match

Boxing Tournament: 
1. November 30, 2013.

2. Three rounds at 2 minutes each with a 40 second rest period. My gym however trains to 3 minute rounds with a 30 second rest period.

3. Three levels A, B, and C. I will most obviously be C, a beginner in his first match. They say they've never had a C level boxer who was a super heavyweight in this tournament and rarely get super-heavyweights, but if someone is a heavyweight they can have an exhibition match with a light heavyweight as well since this is the lowest level. I need to get down about 36 pounds so that I can have a chance to fight. This fight is technically an exhibition since it's not an officially sanctioned boxing event. Olympic boxing rules will apply (headgear, event provides the gloves, etc.) though the rounds will be shorter (2 minutes vs. 3 minutes).

Personal Athletic History
I was a high school football player and wrestler. During football season I weighed around 205lbs and I wrestled in the 185lb weight class. During college and graduate school my weight ballooned to over 250lbs and I've been fighting my weight since, going up and down. About 10 years ago I joined a boxing gym and took weekly cardio boxing classes on the heavy bag. I lost 25 lbs but messed up my shoulder hitting the heavy bag every day and with poor technique. I really enjoyed boxing and the mental/physical energy it required although I never sparred. I want to fight in one amateur boxing match as a goal to get in shape, and after that just spar for fitness.

I'm trying my best not to dwell on the past. I wish I could have continued my boxing from the time I was 30, but I don't want to be 50 and wish I had started at 40. Boxing and intense exercise in general was really good for my stress 12 years ago, and I hope it will help me in this next phase of my life.

I will not be editing or spending a whole lot of time on this blog, so please excuse any spelling or grammatical errors.