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Episode: John E. Oden's 'Life in the Ring' tells inspirational tales of boxing legends
Podcast: Mr. Media
Veröffentlicht: vor 7 Jahren, am 20.08.2010 um 13:26
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Beschreibung: By BOB ANDELMAN (email)

Little known fact: Shortly after my daughter was born, I took private boxing lessons for almost two years at the 4th Street Boxing Club here in St. Petersburg.


I never sparred; I never wanted to hit anyone, I just wanted to know I could if I had to. And I didn?t particularly want to get hit, either.

I hated the shadowboxing my instructor insisted upon as a warm-up; I was awkward in the worst white guy way. But I struggled through it each week to get to the good stuff, including my time on the speedbag, which I loved so much I installed one in the garage at home for a few years. We always finished with 15 minutes of my teacher calling out punches ? ?Left jab!? ?Right jab!? ?Uppercut!? as I aimed for his open, padded hands as they moved up and around his face and midsection.

Eventually I stopped going to the boxing gym for a number of reasons. I tried traditional gyms such as Gold?s for a while, but it didn?t appeal to me in the same way.

That?s why I was interested in talking to John E. Oden about his new book, Life in the Ring: Lessons and Inspiration from the Sport of Boxing. That, and the fact Oden isn?t just an ink-stained wretch like me. He makes his money as a principal in a global money management and research firm on Wall Street, AllianceBernstein. But he?s an amateur boxer himself, which fascinates me.

John E. Oden Website  ? FacebookAlliance Bernstein Website
Hear it now!JOHN E. ODEN AUDIO EXCERPT: "Rocky Marciano would take five punches in order to deliver one. But that one punch he would deliver would do the job." 

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Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 10 books, including 'The Profiler' with Pat Brown, 'Built From Scratch' with the founders of The Home Depot, and 'Will Eisner: A Spirited Life.' ? Follow Bob on Twitter ? Facebook

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