Right now, they are in NYC, in Brooklyn, and they are feeding their hopes, and dreams and fending off the effects of the inevitable, aging. They aren't as your as they were, but their ambition hasn't dimmed and while their muscles may rebel on them more than they used to, they soldier on, throwing punches, at bags, at foes, to better themselves.
54 entrants have convened at the famed and fabled fistic institution, Gleasons Gym, to take part in the ninth annual Masters Tournament. The session ends Saturday, and they’ve come from South Africa, Australia, Germany, London, Argentina…it’s like a World Cup atmosphere, with more punching.
One entrant came in a bit early; Hulme Scholes jetted from South Africa, and was hitting a heavy bag in the Bruce Silverglade run fight factory on Monday. The attorney from Johannesburg did his weigh in on Tuesday, and the 51 year old said that he came here because in SA, this doesn’t exist. (Masters class is age 40 and over.) “I want to compete with people at my age and level,” he said. “I’ve been training for six months, since I entered. I’d love to win my fight. Bruce showed me the belt yesterday, I want to take it home. I Googled Masters Boxing, and obviously I knew about Gleasons, with it’s rich history.”
He didn’t know he was fighting when we chatted Monday, and he said he’d be happy to figure out his foe, get some scouting time.
He said he’d like to get in some sightseeing, being that the last time he was in NY was six months after 9-11. He’ll be hitting the 9-11 Museum, he shared.
Foremost is the fighting, though. “I’m here to box, I love the sport of boxing, there can only be one winner and one loser, and I’m going to be the winner.”
We will check back with the fighting attorney, and see how he does in his match, which comes Saturday.