Shadow boxing.

Shadow boxing.


I have spent the last several weeks at the Charter Oak Boxing Academy in Hartford for an upcoming story on how boxing can be used to teach discipline and other life skills. Coach Johnny Callas, who runs the place, told me this week, every challenge you confront in life happens in the ring.

COBA was started 30 years ago and has about 100 members. About 60 are there almost every week. Some will never fight in the ring, but the gym’s goal is to build “champions in life” before champions in the ring.

It’s quite a place and I look forward to sharing the photos and the story later this month.

dean pagani