KXL Afternoon news anchor Dan Mitchinson isn’t much of a sports fan. “I’ve never watched an entire football or basketball game in my life.”
But he was intrigued by the TV show ‘White Collar Brawlers.’ “They take a couple of guys, who have never fought before, train them, then let them go at it in a boxing ring.”
So Mitchinson decided to take up a similar challenge. For the next six weeks, he’ll be training with two time world boxing champ Molly McConell at her northeast Portland gym. Then, he’ll step into the ring for the first fight of his life against another amature boxer.
“Six weeks isn’t really long enough to train from zero to an actual fight, but I think in six weeks we can get you to the point where you’ll feel fit and confident in doing three one minute rounds” says McConnell. And that’s fine says Mitchinson. “I don’t think people realize how much coordination and endurance goes into what these guys (boxers) do.” McConnell agrees.
“I think the thing people under estimate is the conditioning. That’s the part that’s the most difficult, and once you get in and start sparing, I think you’ll know what I mean. Your legs are going to get tired, your arms are going to get tired, your lungs are going to burn, it takes a lot more energy. One minute might not sound like a lot of time, but probably by the third round, it’s not going to feel that way.”
In the coming weeks, Mitchinson plans to keep an ‘audio journal’ of his training, and will have updates on ‘Portland’s Morning News,’ and ‘Portland’s Afternoon News.’
“I know I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but it’s the opportunity to work with a world class trainer, to try something new, and to challenge myself. And fortunately this is radio, so when I do come in the day after my fight, or after sparring, and I’m black and blue, nobody will be able to see what I look like,” he says laughing.