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A New Kind of Boxing

From: Charles Lane
Length: 04:33

Boxing has attracted a new type of pugilist: seniors, women, and cancer patients. A sound rich feature exploring the world of the non-traditional boxer.

Gybphoto_small A short feature perfect for ATC/ME. Set in Brooklyn's salty and dimly-lit Gleason's Boxing Gym, a new type of boxer is climbing through the ropes. Now seniors and women recovering from cancer are using boxing for health. The problem is what they're doing is actually illegal because of very stringent "tuffman" laws. But the owner of the gym has petitioned the state to rewrite the laws.

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A short feature perfect for ATC/ME. Set in Brooklyn's salty and dimly-lit Gleason's Boxing Gym, a new type of boxer is climbing through the ropes. Now seniors and women recovering from cancer are using boxing for health. The problem is what they're doing is actually illegal because of very stringent "tuffman" laws. But the owner of the gym has petitioned the state to rewrite the laws.

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Review of A New Kind of Boxing

This is a fun piece for use as a drop-in during a magazine show or as a discussion starter for a locally-produced talk show. The topic for such a show? How about "Alternative Ways of Getting or Staying in Shape"? Perhaps it could be used in the context of a local or state discussion of boxing rules. Also possibly useful in a show geared toward senior audiences.

Producer/host Charles Lane has a friendly and natural style. His delivery is a good example of how a host can relate to listeners comfortably rather than "announcing" at them.

I really like the "sound," in this piece. Given the topic, it's a natural bt it's fun to hear the slap of the punching bag, the ringing of the bells and the other gym sounds.

I am especially grateful for the journalistic "balance" of this piece including not only boxers and a gym owner but also a rep of the boxing association. I love the "realness" of the voices, especially of the USA Boxing guy and the trainer.

This piece is well enough done to cause a boxing skeptic like myself to consider "the other side" and recognize the potential value of boxing as a form of exercise or hobby.

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Review of A New Kind of Boxing

This story is fun and informative. The producer's use of sound and the voices of experts as well as real people provide a balanced view of the world of boxing. He gives the listener a look into a world that to most is foreign and unfamiliar. It also identifies how the business of boxing is working to stay current and relevant at a time when fitness is defined by less agressive practices such as yoga and Pilates. As the new movie "Rocky Balboa" is currently in theaters this could be a very timely story that Public Radio audiences will appreciate.

Transcript

SOT [ambi of gym and Weiner timidly hitting speed bag] (:04)

NAR1 At Gleason?s Boxing gym in Brooklyn, NY a 64-year-old named Carl Weiner is trying to figure out the purpose of a punching bag. (:08)

SOT WHAT?S THE OBJECT OF THIS HERE?

I haven?t figured it out yet. They tell me what to do and I do it. I haven?t figured out the object of this entire exercise. Basically it?s just timing and I guess, timing and strength. [starts to hit bag] Just hitting it at intervals. (:20)

SOT Relax your hands. relax (:02)

NAR2 Thankfully trainer Terrance Michael is here to help. (:03)

SOT Take your time, that?s too hard, beautiful, no take your time. Relax your mind. (:08)

NAR3 With balding hair, a large belly, and two grown children, Weiner is not your typical boxer. He?s part of a of an unlikely contingent of pugilist learning how to box at famous boxing gyms that once trai...
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Timing and Cues

INTRO: Boxing has seen a growth in the number of unlikely contenders willing to climb through the ropes. Older Americans, women, and even cancer patients have been wanting to take up the sport. But as Charles lane explains these sub-amateur fighters are caught in limbo right now and are at risk of breaking the law.

IN: [ambi of punching bag]
OUT: [fade of punching bag]