What’s Going On In My Neck Of The Woods Pt. 2

So I left you guys around about the time that we were chilling at Jason’s house. Yes I’m aware you don’t know Jason. He’s a dear friend of my coach and always opens his home to us when we are in Little Rock no questions asked, so he most assuredly gets a mention.

I jam a lot of Ab-Soul before my fights. Hearses by  Smoke Dza ft. Ab-Soul is my current hype song

I jam a lot of Ab-Soul before my fights. Hearses by Smoke Dza ft. Ab-Soul is my current hype song

We had gotten our match-ups and I had drawn the defending champion. the best thing before warm-ups is food & sleep. We ate and for the most part we slept. Coach popped in and slept for a few hours then we all got up and headed to war a few hours later. When we arrived getting bout sheets was like pulling teeth. Bout sheets tell you when you fight. For a team such as ours these are very important and EVERYBODY on all teams wants one ASAP. The order in which you fight dictates when to wrap your hands, when to warm up and when to prepare for your fight. They are pretty important. The people in charge of these always seem to either not print enough of these or have some stupid attitude when you ask for one. When I say attitude I mean they act like it hurts them to give you a bout sheet, something that all coaches need. USA Boxing ya’ll need to hire some more customer service oriented people to work these USA Boxing events. I will say that this event ran better than the other lesser events.

Arkansas State Golden Gloves

Arkansas State Golden Gloves

I digress. So we get the sheets and the seven of us competing are pretty spread out which is good. I was last AKA the main event of the night. As time went by my teammates all put on great performances, even in losing. Yaya lost but put on a great show. Brannon Continue reading

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What’s Going On In My Neck Of The Woods

Well I’m  about a month and a half later than I would have liked to be on this post haha! By my views on the site you guys haven’t left me *tear* that means a lot :D. But seriously it’s UPDATE TIME! When I last left you, I was fresh off of my second fight. My second fight in the USA Boxing circuit ended with a TKO VICTORY!!! This was back in February. I finished my opponent in the second round after he could not continue. That was a confidence booster and so much more. I felt sick as a dog before the fight. I got so nervous before I had to take a nap to calm my nerves. It’s the weirdest feeling in the world and only recently did I figure out how to deal with it, more on that later. My next fight took us to Alma, AR at the Agape Youth Ranch. That day…just never felt good. The day never felt wrong or bad or like anything bad was going to happen but it just felt..off? I still can’t explain what was going on that day with me here two months later. I was fighting a guy I knew I could beat and whose coach had been waiting for me to get more fights to challenge his heavyweight. I was psyched so much so that I was not nervous. That’s bad. My first coach always told me if you are not nervous, something is wrong. You should have butterflies in your stomach. I did not on this day and I continued to fight the urge to say something. It seemed to take FOREVER for my fight to come. Two of my teammates had already lost and another won in dramatic fashion. My coach had been penalized because a referee got his feelings hurt. He had been banished from ringside to the crowd…three feet away. If you didn’t catch my sarcasm there catch it now lol. When my turn finally came I had no thoughts, another peculiar fact. I usually have four million thoughts racing through my mind before I clash leather. The fight was…meh. This “Taco” kid was afraid of contact. I thought that would make this easy but it in fact did not. His punches were so telegraphed I saw them a mile away. I think, because his punches were so easily dodged, I dodged early and got out of position. He of course could not hit me, but I in turn could not hit him either. It was boring. He held me way too much, it bordered cheating. Anyway I lost the decision still as pretty as I was when I got in the ring. He was bleeding and swollen from the few times I did hit him. He even came and apologized for hugging me during the fight. I kept my cool, as my coach had just gotten through telling me about how to lose with character, and told him it’s fine and honor to you for winning. In my head though…I was like “GET THE F*** OUTTA MY FACE YOU SORRY BASTARD!” I was a tad bit emotional haha. Anyway that was a teaching moment for so many reasons.

Next up was practice for two weeks until the biggest moment of my career so far, Golden Gloves. The state championship was merely two weeks away after training for a year the time was upon our gym to shine like we know how. Before that we would have a grueling practice schedule, Gym Wars and then another week of two-a-days. In case you don’t know two-a-days consist of twice the workout you would normally have. Twice the running, twice the sparring, twice the pain and suffering of boxing practice. The payoff? State Gold around your neck.


Gym Wars is an event we put on at StraightRight Boxing and Fitness. It is essentially an open workout we invite the public to so we can raise money for trips to National Events. We are doing it again this weekend look down further in the post for details

After Gym Wars and one more week of cutting weight and a strict diet Golden Gloves came. This was the first time since my adolescence that I had been even remotely thinking of being at this event. Here I am after seven years of training off an on and not having a coach, here I am on an elite team, with elite coaches, fighting for the chance to go to regionals and subsequently Las Vegas for nationals. I was pumped and as nervous as a lion on its first hunt!

Weigh-ins came and went, then there was food, then the dreaded waiting game. I knew that I had been training to beat one name, Jermaine Reed. The defending champion and favorite to win the super heavyweight championship again this year. No one expects me to win this, nobody even knows my name. As a young and new fighter with only three fights under my belt, I was most assuredly looked over and not given a second thought. My team and my friends know but my opponents have no idea of the rage I am about to unleash on any and everyone across me in the ring. Before I get to the meat and taters let’s slow it down real quick.

A few days before my coach sat me down for a heart to heart to figure out where my head was. He wanted, in my mind, to see where my mental strength was or came from. I had proven physically that I’m ready and far beyond where I should be for a person with three fights. But, mentally I may not have shown him the nail in the coffin. He asked me what my goals where in the sport. Is it Golden Gloves? Is it competition? “What are you fighting for Bernard?” he asked. I responded in the most honest way I could, “Well coach, ever since Kalvin brought it up, I want to go to the Olympics in 2016.” With that I felt relieved. I myself had not REALLY thought of why I wanted to box, compete, or destroy my body and heal it leading to a better Bernard. That was it. I want to represent my country at the 2016 Olympics and show the world that heavyweight boxing is NOT the fight you overlook on the fight card. I alone, can prove this is still the premiere fighting class in any sport. There were so many people in my weight class along with 165lb and 178lb weight classes that we had been told that this would be a two day event and finals would be the following week for those classes. This was to be a single elimination tournament style with fights on day one, day two, another week of training and then finals.

The team was relaxing after weigh-ins at a friends house and coach calls with the match-ups. Who did I get the first round? The defending champion! I was pumped up! Let’s go ahead and knock off the champ in the first round and then coast through the rest of the tournament!

To be continued…


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A Post Before The Post! This May Be THE Greatest Prank Ever

Okay so I’m going to update you guys soon with the results of my second USA boxing match! It was a win but it’s more than that! Also the Concrete Schoolyard Podcasts and all that jazz!  I don’t have time to post my whole post now but I want to let ya’ll know that yes I AM ALIVE lol. Meanwhile here’s a HILARIOUS video to occupy your time!

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Catching up with Bernard: 2014 Is Upon Thee

What up what up??? I’m probably the most inconsistent blogger you follow. I’m not, but I feel like I am. Then again I hit ya’ll with some dope content when I do post. I feel like “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!” Lol. Not really, I appreciate you all. So let me update you on why I have been away since December.

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This is what my November-December felt like outside. Brace yourselves, winter is here.

You may or may not know that I’m an amatuer boxer at StraightRight Boxing & Fitness. I have been training like an animal for a year at this gym. I am convinced that I have the best coaching staff in America, and quite possibly the world. Kevin Lightburn has taken StraightRight from humble beginnings to a behemoth taking the boxing circuit by storm. Coach Lightburn and his former protege, Anthony Tucker, anchor a team of Olympic aspiring boxers and fitness practitioners that promote healthy living and fundamentals in and outside the ring. I saw these two knew what the heck he was talking about and got on board with the mission! I had my sparring sessions here and there with  other fighters under the supervision of Coach Lightburn and Coach Anthony Tucker but nothing compared to my first bout in Conway, AR.


The StraightRight Documentary starring Kal and Coach Lightburn.

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The Concrete Schoolyard Podcast 12-19-13: #BecauseTheInternet

We came, we saw and we kept the hits coming for more than two hours last night on The Concrete Schoolyard! We had local artist T. Jay getting us Ignant, Chance The Rapper had us Feeling Good and A.Dd+ let us know the Plus Sign is Silent. But the biggest message from last night was from Mr. I am donald himself.

(If the player is still not working listen here)

BTI movie poster

Last night we unveiled #BecauseTheInternet from Childish Gambino as our #TapeOfTheWeek!

because-the-internetThis album is definitely in the running for album of the year. I really wish he would drop an album in time for the Grammy’s though!!! Fortunately, he’s an even bigger star (hard to believe) this time around, on and off the mic, than he was with his previous release, Camp.

I have patiently been waiting for this to drop and Because the Internet lived up to all expectation and even out performed my preconceived perception of Gambino’s musical perfection. From the jump the album just goes, quite simply it YAMS! That’s my term for inconceivably hard, jammin tunes. The melodic first song after the intro “I. Crawl” with that crunk Mystikal sample in the back gets you hype and sets the tone.

The Full Because the Internet Experience

To fully enjoy the album, much like Kendrick Lamar’s GKMC, you must take in all aspects. There is a short film titled Clapping For the Wrong Reasons you should definitely watch as a prelude to the album, it is embedded below.

After that you are to read the screenplay HERE as you listen to the album! I myself have not had the chance to read this in it’s entirety but I intend to ASAP. It seems to take off right where CAMP left us!!!

Abella Anderson for SandyBeats article

The gorgeous Abella Anderson who stars in Clapping for the Wrong Reasons and the 3005 video. She’s also an award winning porn star…so yeah there’s that.
Photo by FTSLDRS

The show was packed with lots of new never before played music from James Blake, The Alchemist and a few more people you know you’ve never heard of that we pride ourselves in introducing you to! Listen HERE

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The Concrete Schoolyard Podcast 11-21-13

This week our #TapeOfTheWeek is from Dallas bred heavy hitters A.Dd+! It is titled DiveHiFlyLo: Every Man is King and it’s free! *Listen to our show here*


I’m stupid excited to introduce a #TapeOfTheWeek for A.Dd+ as they are from my stomping grounds of Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas! I’ve been on them for a while as my cousins link up with them sometimes. E-Yo be hatin not showin my city love but it’s cool though because he did this week *shrugs*. E-Yo once again killed the airwaves for two hours of pure, unadulterated, underground awesomeness.

We had a full house with Dj E-Yo and I. Dj Mars, whose new show airs before ours, dropped by, Dj Beeeaaamerrrr (gotta say it like Schoolboy Q would) who has a show on Saturday and Dj Ecclesiastes 5foot7, who is currently working on a DOPE comic book called #Ralfie&Rockwell also came by. They were all too scared to “get on the mic doe” Anyway, I’m not going to talk your ear off just listen to the show!

My City. Shout out to A.Dd+

My City. Shout out to A.Dd+

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Sooooo I bought a new camera and was invited to shoot another video for the incredible Dj Beat Bachs Halloween Dance Party. 2013 did not start off as exciting as 2012 did for me. My costume (didn’t wear one last … Continue reading

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