people say to me, whaddya want to be a boxer for? you could break your nose. you could get your face marked up.

look at this face. you think i’m worried about that?

it’s a dying sport, they say.

here’s the thing about that. you want to be the best at something? pick a sport where the competition is not so much.

then they say, it’s a man’s game.

oh, yeah? then how come i get paid for fighting other women?

truth to tell, though, i don’t mind getting hit. i got hit at home. i got used to it. meantime, i like to hit. it’s not the money, it’s the hitting. it’s like a drug.

the first time my boyfriend raised his hand to me? pow! right on the jaw. he didn’t resent it. he really didn’t resent it, if you know what i mean.

and the other thing, which i already mentioned. it’s a sport.


Photo prompt © J Hardy Carroll
For Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple


15 Responses

  1. Loved your take on the prompt too ❤️

  2. This is really well done. Love it that she whacked the boyfriend 🙂

  3. Loved the voice of the character you have created. Nice one.

  4. I think the definition of a sport is anything you can bet on. I’d put my money on your boxer. She’s got grit.

  5. Powerfully told because it made me want to tell her to get out and get a new set of values instead of behaviour breeding behaviour and undervaluing herself. What is described here is not sport.

  6. I like this clever story. You give us reasons for your MC’s boxing that might appeal to us emotionally – courage, self-defence, women’s equality – and then you hit us with that heavily ironic last line. Well done!

  7. Interesting internal dialogue, well done, but sad that she doesn’t understand that hitting is not the right reason to do anything. Not a fan of boxing. I can see a novel showing her arc from where she is to…. wherever you want her to end up:) She has a great voice.

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