Discovered boxing at the age of 12 after being highly unsuccessful in school. While I fell in love with boxing, I still hated school until I had matured some. The subsequent expulsions left me with plenty of time to both box and learn about boxing. The first fight I saw live on TV was Diosbelys Hurtado-Randall Bailey in 2002, on the undercard of Felix Trindad-Hacine Cherifi. The very next week, the featured fight on HBO was Micky Ward-Arturo Gatti I, which changed my life even more deeply, and remains one of the best fights I've ever seen.

I was much slower to figure out baseball. I shared some enthusiasm with those around me during the 2006 pennant run, but it wasn't until 2008, ironically, when I began to enjoy the Tigers. It was listening to the games on the radio that really got me hooked. Listening to Jim Price and especially Dan Dickerson changed the way I understood the sport. It seemed more like boxing, in that every game could hinge on each punch/pitch, and it was never over till the last bell/out. They're wonderful sports, and I hope anyone reading this enjoys what I write about each.

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