Atlanta Corporate Fight Night is a white-collar boxing event that pits regular working folks against each other in the ring as they look to punch something other than the clock.
The event will be held on October 21 inside the Marriott Century Center in northeast Atlanta. Here's a preview of the fourth bout of the night between Joseph Song, a youth minister, and Andy Prucha, a sales rep:
Joseph Song, a Chicago native, may not be your prototypical youth minister.
Sure, he's got a ton of energy and a desire to teach kids about Christianity, but he also has a passion for one of the most violent sports in the world: boxing.
"I’ve always been interested in boxing since about high school," Song said. "In college I organized what we called Christian Fight Club. It was just a group of guys who got together in college lounges with boxing gloves and we just kinda beat the heck out of each other.
"So I’ve always been interested in boxing and had a lot of fun with it, but never really had a chance to pursue it seriously just because of work and school and things like that."
In addition to being a youth minister, Song is currently enrolled in seminary school and finding time to train for his ACFN fight has forced him to endure "less sleep," but he can't wait to use his bout as a learning opportunity for his students.
"Most of them are pretty excited for me…they think it’s pretty cool," he said. "I think for me the thing I really enjoy is that a lot of people have a certain perception of what it means to be to be a religious person or a spiritual person. You know, this quiet little man who sits in the corner and reads books, but I like to show them that that’s not what it’s really about.
"Living a life of faith is actually pretty dynamic and it takes a lot of discipline, it takes a lot of courage to stand for what you believe in. I draw a lot of parallels in the fight training that I’m getting and also the things that I’m trying to teach my kids as they live their lives."
Born in Santiago, Chile, Andy Prucha now lives in Alpharetta and is a sales rep for Knuckle Up Fitness.
Although he has little boxing experience, Prucha says that there's one fighter in particular that sparked his interest in the sport at an early age.
"I grew up watching Mike Tyson, I loved his movements, his skill, his hunger for it, and I have used that image in every sport that I have played, and I always try and excel in everything that I do," he said.
There's little doubt that Prucha will leave everything he has in the ring on October 21 as he is enlisted in the United States Army and will be headed overseas less than a week following his fight.
"I'm very excited," he said. "I’ve always wanted to do something like this, and now I have an opportunity just before leaving into service."
So who will you be rooting for?
The molder of young minds who possesses a deep passion for boxing and the life lessons it can teach? Or the South American import who's preparing to fight for much more than a boxing exhibition?
Check back on Thursday for a preview of the Atlanta Corporate Fight Night bout between a stay at home dad and a printed circuit board designer.
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