Neal -- The Fighter

Neal is training as a welterweight boxer for the upcoming 2011 Golden Gloves Tournament. A former Division I college football player, Neal picked up boxing about 5 years ago as a way to feed his need for athletic competition. I had never been in a real, old school boxing gym before. Watching Neal train is a real testament to the singular, solitary dedication it takes to be a boxer. The gym is bare bones and probably looks the same as it did 40 years ago. There are a couple of space heaters to keep him warm while working out during these cold winter months. During the workout you can hear the sounds of the local hip hop and R & B radio station pumping out from a portable music player. As he cools down post workout, he changes stations and chills out to slow jams on "The Quiet Storm."