Hitting the bag hard. Contracting the muscles. Pushing the limits. Everyday is a workday in the gym. Boxing is a tough sport and injuries do happen, but the main draw is the test, and the endorphin high.
Outside the ring, time is more fluid. The clock continues to tick but, for most people, the seconds don't count.
A knockout can arrive in the blink of an eye. You think you know the ropes, the footwork, the patterns, and then wham!
Like a car-wreck. One minute you're buzzing down the freeway, listening to tunes on the radio, and kaboom, what the hell???
Instant change, up becomes down, and for some it's down and out!
Twelve rounds, the bell sounds, points are tallied, did you make the grade, did you put in your best?
It's everyday life played out as spectacle. Twelve rounds in the squared circle and then your time has passed.