I've never cared much for boxing. But my daughter, Grace, took it up with gusto and trained like a maniac. So I became a high-class hostage to the sport. About six weeks ago, her coach had her spar with a woman who is on the U.S. Olympic team. Grace went a full nine rounds with her and came out of it a changed person. She told me, "Mom, no one has ever punched me that hard in my life."
The fight resumed, and her opponent took revenge. She pinned Grace against the ropes and started hammering away at her. Truthfully, I was scared for my kid. But it was the middle of the 3rd and final round, and while Grace was taking a beating, I could see she had more energy in her legs than her opponent did. Suddenly, the girl threw a punch that, had it connected, would have taken Grace out. But in a split second Grace ducked and spun away from the ropes.
Then something amazing happened.