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This week I want to take some time to tell everyone what I’ve been up to lately.
I recently decided to get my 8-year-old daughter Alyssa into boxing. I don’t have her sparring or anything quite yet, but I am putting her though some pretty rigorous training.
A while back I was sitting beside her in our living room at home, and as I was gazing into her eyes, I realized all the time I spent in the gym was time I wasn’t spending with her. I told her that I wanted to spend more time with her because she really is my whole world.
I told her that I was going to give up fighting because that seemed like the only way I could spend more time with her. She looked up at me and immediately started crying as she said she didn’t want me to quit and that I am getting too good to just quit.
I think part of her crying was because she knows how much I love fighting and training, and she felt bad about me giving it all up for her. And the other part of her crying was because she did want to spend more time with me. That’s when we