Tag Archives: Melissa Hernandez

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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Stranger than fiction

My feet have hardly touched the ground here in the United States and already I have tales to tell. That’s why this country is the most glorious hunting ground for writers of non-fiction. Although I have written short stories and … 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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Toddlers with ticker

Controversy hit the tabloids this past week over little girls fighting. It took me back to the early days when I competed in my first AABL national championships on Queensland’s Gold Coast in 1998 at the Southport RSL. Not only … Continue reading

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Fighting time

  By Mischa Merz It’s a good start to my year of writing and fighting with an essay called ‘Fighting Time’, published in Sophie Cunningham’s final edition of Meanjin with this extraordinary and beautiful cover design by Diego Patino. The … 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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