Heard about boxing? Junior Ashlynn Herd shares her experiences

Evelyn Crayton, 21st Century Journalism Reporter

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   When most people think of boxing, they probably think of super big buff dudes with anger issues. They think of loud boxing matches with lots of screaming and lots of blood. But for junior Ash Herd it’s quite the opposite.

   While she does say the adrenaline is a fun part of boxing, her main purpose for doing it is actually to calm down. Boxing helps a lot with the stress and anxiety she feels.  Without boxing, her anxiety gets pretty severe. Ever since she started boxing, it has only helped her.

   When she was about ten, Ash played a boxing game and became hooked. Since then she started boxing for real at a gym. Since then it has been a great help to her.

   “I’m not a physically aggressive person but boxing is a stress reliever and takes my mind off things,” Ash said. 

   Boxing is typically thought of as an aggressive sport, and that to do it a person needs to be aggressive.  But even after boxing for over six years, Ash says the sport hasn’t made her an aggressive person.

   Just as in most sports, people can get injured from boxing.  Even with only punching a bag, Ash isn’t without scars. She has scars from not properly wrapping her hands.

   “I am not embarrassed by the scars because I know I was putting a lot of effort into boxing and getting stronger,” she said.

   Eventually, Ash did learn how to properly wrap her hands, but she doesn’t regret having made that mistake when she started. 

   “You learn from your mistakes. I learned to wrap my hands better when I hurt my knuckles,” she said.     

   There’s always something people can learn from others.  From Ash Herd, they can learn that even if you’re not over 5 foot, a woman, and not aggressive, you can still play a sport that’s generally thought of as “for the dudes.”