There aren’t many fighters who can say that they have their own day. Then again, there aren’t many fighters like Richard Lord. Known as the godfather of Austin boxing, he ran the boxing circuit as a professional boxer and fought a number of rounds in the old Austin Coliseum. A powerhouse presence for more than 30 years, Richard Lord has trained world-champion combatants, including Jesús "El Matador" Chávez and Anissa "The Assassin" Zamarron, and organized the first all-female boxing match sanctioned by U.S. Amateur Boxing, Inc. Looking at all of his achievements, it’s no surprise that the Austin boxing community marks its calendar for March 31, Richard Lord Day.
Inside his gym, he trains reigning prizefighters right next to first-timers in his old-school yet welcoming boxing gym. A team of amicable boxing trainers helps aspiring pugilists to pare off pounds quickly, float like butterflies, and sting like adult-contemporary singers during sweat-soaked sessions that cover form, rhythm, and timing.
Trainer Garret Garrels didn’t set out to create an empowering fitness movement, but that’s exactly what happened. After training a woman who had been belittled by her previous trainer, Garrels accidentally developed a following—that client’s friends. The women joined Garrels in a Montana soccer field, where they worked on boxing drills and built a community with one another that relied on encouragement and camaraderie. Dubbing it Pink Gloves Boxing, Garrels soon established the fitness program in various cities throughout the US and Europe, keeping the focus on women’s empowerment and raising much-needed funds for breast cancer research along the way. Though his work has helped transform and galvanize women around the world, Garrels remains humble, giving credit to the movement itself. As he says, “I never founded Pink Gloves—Pink Gloves founded me.”
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Boxing seems to be in Coach Xavier Cepeda’s blood. His grandfather was an amateur boxer and boxing journalist in Mexico, who encouraged Xavier to start training in the sport as a teenager. Xavier spent years training in Mexico, New Mexico, Cuba, and Texas before opening his own Christian-based boxing gym to teach children and adults of all fitness abilities how to throw a proper punch. During hour-long classes, students learn offensive and defensive techniques, which serve them well in competition and are a solid base for self-defense. Classes also benefit individuals looking to lose weight, gain muscle, and develop a healthy aggression toward punching bags.