Tag Archives: Alicia Ashley

He ain’t heavy…well, actually he is

They call him Blimp, although his real name is Delen Parsley. Gleason’s regulars will know him for his operatic voice projection, glinting gold teeth that flash every time he breaks into a smile and, well, his enormous size. The dude … Continue reading

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Making history

It’s going to be a pretty strange day in New York on Sunday. But if you feel like an antidote to the heaviness of reliving 9/11, it might be a good time to come to Book Court in Brooklyn to … Continue reading

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Show me the way

Ever since I started boxing back in the mid 1990s, people have said that women make better students. And while it sounds good at first, it’s a bit of a double edged sword. I always wondered if it was because … Continue reading

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Powering up at Gleason’s

After four days on the ground in New York City I finally feel like I’ve actually landed. Body, brain and circadian rhythms are finally calibrated. And all it took was a few blows to the head. It’s less than a … Continue reading

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A very ‘Slick’ new year

Alicia Ashley was one of the first of the top female boxers I met when I climbed the steps to the famous Gleason’s Gym in Front Street, Brooklyn New York back in 2007. I’d already seen her on YouTube, fighting … Continue reading

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Bound for Barbados

After a wonderful week in New York City, reconnecting with all my Gleason’s buddies, I am leaving Wednesday for the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Bridgetown Barbados. Yesterday, I sparred ten rounds and KO’d the jetlag since I was … Continue reading

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