Posts tagged “boxing”

  • Review of The Sweetest Thing by author Thomas Hauser

    Review of The Sweetest Thing by author Thomas Hauser

    May 25, 2011

    The Sweetest Thing by Mischa Merz recounts the author’s experiences as a forty-something amateur boxer. “I can hit,” she quotes Wolfe as saying. “I can hit hard. I hit like a man, and I’m gonna hurt you. When you get in that ring with me, you better have your soul right, because I’m gonna destroy you. I’ll have no conscience about what I’ll do to you. I’m trying to survive, and I’ll destroy anything I come in contact with before it destroys me. I’m a natural killer. You gonna bully me? My parents died when I was a kid. I lived on the streets, eating out of trash cans. I lived with killers. How you gonna bully me in a boxing ring?” Bernard Hopkins couldn’t have said it better.

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  • Mischa Merz at Gleason’s Gym

    Mischa Merz at Gleason’s Gym

    May 6, 2011

    Below is a video of Mischa Merz boxing at Gleason's Gym on April 30th, 2011 during her book tour for The Sweetest Thing.

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  • The Sweetest Thing “chronicles the best of women’s boxing”

    The Sweetest Thing “chronicles the best of women’s boxing”

    May 6, 2011

    "Mischa Merz’s odyssey through the scuffed looking glass of America’s best boxing gyms is already one for the history books. . . . an autobiography full of character sketches that crackles and sparks with the ring of truth."

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  • Bluestockings Hosts The Sweetest Thing Author, Mischa Merz

    Bluestockings Hosts The Sweetest Thing Author, Mischa Merz

    April 21, 2011

    April 27, 2011, 7:00 pm, Bluestockings bookstore will host Mischa Merz, author of The Sweetest Thing. Mischa's latest work chronicles her journey across America as she competes in several tournaments, giving readers a rare glimpse in the world of women's boxing. Location: 172 Allen Street New York, NY 10002. For more information go to www.bluestockings.com.

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  • WBAN review of The Sweetest Thing

    WBAN review of The Sweetest Thing

    April 14, 2011

    In the preface to "The Sweetest Thing," her second book on the sport on the sport of Women's boxing, Mischa Merz leaves no doubt about her choice of subject: "My relationship with boxing has been like one you would have with another human being. I have loathed it and adored it. It has both invaded my dreams and turned my stomach. I have resolved to reduce its significance in my life only to see my passions for it intensify. Boxing is my man. Even my husband will tell you so." ...Her boxing experience and her continuing participation in the sport dovetails well when an inside (the ropes) explanation of the sport is required. It's a combination that few authors are capable of providing and less than those few are capable of articulating so well. It adds up to a book worth reading about a sport worth knowing more about.

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  • Mischa Merz has a “sweet” return to Gleason’s Gym

    Mischa Merz has a “sweet” return to Gleason’s Gym

    April 13, 2011

    Four years after an initial stair climb to the Brooklyn capital of the boxing world, the globetrotting Australian author returns again to the place that re-ignited her zest for the sport and became the backbone of the 282-page project she’ll unveil Tuesday night. The Sweetest Thing: A Boxer’s Memoir is billed by its publisher as a “wonderful mix of champ-in-the-making story and a tour through the world of a women’s sport rising in a male domain.” Gleason’s Gym will host the book’s launch and kick off a tour that’ll send Merz – the masters division athlete around whom its characters revolve – out west to California and back east to Georgia, where she’ll appear on former world champion Terri Moss’s Atlanta’s Corporate Fight Night show on April 23.

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  • New review of Mischa Merz’s The Sweetest Thing

    New review of Mischa Merz’s The Sweetest Thing

    March 24, 2011

    "The Sweetest Thing: A Boxer’s Memoir (Seven Stories Press, 2011) is a highly readable chronicle of [Merz's] immersion, at the age of forty-five, into real, gritty, fierce competition. . . . This is a rare journey inside the packed gym locker of a true fighter’s brain, a journalist who can take you with her on a wild and brave ride. Fasten your seatbelts – Mischa Merz is a boxer to watch. And more women are coming." -- Binnie Klein, author of Blows to the Head: How Boxing Changed My Mind

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  • New review of Mischa Merz’s The Sweetest Thing

    New review of Mischa Merz’s The Sweetest Thing

    March 24, 2011

    "The Sweetest Thing: A Boxer’s Memoir (Seven Stories Press, 2011) is a highly readable chronicle of [Merz's] immersion, at the age of forty-five, into real, gritty, fierce competition. . . . This is a rare journey inside the packed gym locker of a true fighter’s brain, a journalist who can take you with her on a wild and brave ride. Fasten your seatbelts – Mischa Merz is a boxer to watch. And more women are coming." -- Binnie Klein, author of Blows to the Head: How Boxing Changed My Mind

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  • Interview with Mischa Merz: balancing life as a boxer and writer

    Interview with Mischa Merz: balancing life as a boxer and writer

    March 2, 2011

    Not long after I started actually sparring as opposed to just doing boxacise, I had an idea. And as with most ideas I get I started saying it out loud. 'What if I had a fight and wrote about it?' and people started saying 'Yeah, great idea'. Pretty quickly I got an agent and a publisher and before I knew it I had signed a contract to write about having a fight. I had to fight. To back out would be just impossible. It was my first book and I'd managed to get the attention of Picador Australia so I couldn't possibly waste the opportunity. And as it happened, I kind of liked the fighting and the writing about it and weirdly, it has become my thing.

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