In Praise of Boxer Steve Cunningham

Although all eyes were turned to Connor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather late saturday night, one boxer from the evening made a particularly strong impression on me. And it wasn't either of the headliners. Instead, it was a Philidelphia, PA boxer who participated in one of the undercard matches. His name is Steve Cunningham.

Steve Cunningham giving his signature salute
Mr. Cunningham impressed me in the ring, even before I knew anything about his life. There was just something about the way this guy carried himself. Before I knew Cunningham is comic book nerd and artist. Before I knew he's boxed to raise money for his daughter, who needed a heart transplant in 2015. Before I knew he was a navy veteran who salutes each of the four corners of the ring after every match.

In watching his fight against TMT boxer Andrew Tabiti, I was impressed by his footwork, grace, agility, and dignity in the ring. Cunningham loves boxing, he says, and he's waiting for boxing to love him back. He's giving all he can.

In learning more about his life since, it all made sense.

Steve Cunningham reminded me that every little thing one does- including driving to work, for example-can be a reflection on you and your heart. Tomorrow's the first day of school, my third year in teaching and my second being a literacy coach. I'll try to not honk the horn on the way.

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