A day with the Kellehers = perfect
Pulling the curtain down on NYC
With 3 fights to go before his own the fighter takes his position ringside and bounces around nervously. A coach is lingering nearby, his seasoned nonchalance revealing the pacing athlete’s fever.
The fighter’s headphones are half on as he thinks about his training. Adding up all the work he’s put in, an inner monologue recalls early mornings to assure him it will be enough. And memories of missed workouts or lazy Sundays are suppressed by adjusting equipment—his taped hands and high-top shoes.
It’s nearly time to fight. Two more bouts before his. The gloves are pulled on, then the headgear. With some quick math the fighter knows how many minutes are left. He knows that as his match draws closer, time will quicken.
Up next. Rounds fly by as quickly as the fighter’s checklist. He goes over every item; technique and strategy are eggs or bread. Then, all of a sudden, like a punch you don’t see coming, his name is called. It pulls his attention to the present.
The referee is looking down at him from the ring. The ropes are pulled apart, and he takes a big step up. Inside the ring, he stands above the crowd and the bright lights wipe his shadow away-he’s alone. Thoughts move faster than ever, but he keeps it cool. Everyone is watching.
When the bell rings, his neck stiffens and everything is gone. Every frenzied thought is replaced by the present punches, until the round is over.
Then he walks back to his corner, thinking.
I love amateur boxing night at Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn
@Dylan Nord at Gleasons Gym
Deux North, Hunt 3
I love experiencing these trips through the eyes of people on them for the first time. You learn a lot about a person when you test their appetite for joy, Deux North has been lucky that our hunters always come starving for it.
Always excited to see what Rapha brings to each new season. For AW13, I’m most hyped about friend and Deux North bro-founder, James Nord present throughout the lookbook. See it for yourself here.
Mary and Grace