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Previewing 'Boxing Chicks,' the movie

11/27/2013

There is a photo meme floating around the Internet which features a picture of a soldier being hugged by a mother, and the caption on the photo reads, "If mothers ran the world, there would be no war."

I love that declaration, and support it wholeheartedly. I'm of the mind that men and their testosterone and conditioning are responsible for so much of our societal ills, and basically think if an almighty arrived on the planet, and was able to demand that in 24 hours all heads of state had to be female, the planet would be vastly better off, right quick.

Part of what makes females -- and I realize this is a gross generalization -- by and large better at being less destructive than men is their nurturing side. Call it a maternal leaning, an embrace of empathy and sympathy and a refusal to employ a "hit first and ask questions later" method of operation.

In the realm of boxing, such characteristics may in fact hinder the opportunities for women in the field. I'm eager to delve a bit deeper into this subject, and expect to test some of my assumptions when I check out the forthcoming documentary "Boxing Chicks," which is slated to be screened on Dec. 7 at the School of Visual Arts on West 23rd St. in Manhattan, as part of the Shadow Box Film Festival. The doc chronicles former pro boxer Terri Moss and the female fighters, both pros and amateurs, whom she trains.

I chatted with the 47-year-old Moss, who went 9-9 fighting pro from 2002-2007, and today owns and operates a boxing gym in Atlanta, about the flick. "We're trying to show the new culture of women's boxing, the support they have for each other," she told me. The doc follows a handful of women, and, Moss said, shows that the women go about the sport and enter it for different reasons than the men do. "A lot of the guys come in from the street, tough, but the women are not like that," she said. "Many if not most are college educated, and most are fighting for the pure love of the sport. Most women boxing today know they're not going to have all the fortune and fame. They just love the sport. They do it to prove something to themselves, whereas men more so box to prove something to the world. We're hoping the film does a good job getting that point across."

"Boxing Chicks" is set to run on Saturday, Dec. 7, at noon. For more specifics, click here.