About Arthur Palac
I started boxing at the age of 6 following my brother and father to the gym. I didn’t like babysitters because they were always trying to tell me what to do. But I loved, what was hell on earth back then, the Kronk Boxing Gym. On a good day the temperature didn’t rise above 85 degrees. That’s what happens when you put a boxing gym next to a boiler room.
I had the unique advantage of being surrounded by some of the best boxers in the world growing up. Hilmer Kenty, Thomas Hearns, Mickey Goodwin, Milton McCrory, Jimmy Paul, Duane Thomas, Steve McCrory, Dennis Andries, James Toney, Michael Moorer, and the list goes on and on and on. I studied their every move and that’s how I learned to fight in the ring.
But then in 1994 everything changed for me. I was flipping through the channels one day and caught the last half of USA vs. Cuba Boxing Dual Meet. I was amazed at how easy these Cuban’s made boxing look. Watching Ariel Hernández for the first time, I knew this is how I wanted to box. I was fortunate enough to get a VHS copy of these fights, along with other international dual meets from USA Boxing. I watched, I studied, I stole everything that I could. And with the help of my father, who was my coach, I learned how to box in the ring.
As time progressed I became better and better at boxing. I won national titles competed in international tournaments and dual meets. By the age of 17 I was a member of the US National Boxing Team, training 3 times a day every day; running countless miles every single week to the taunting chants of “RUN FOR FOREST RUN.”
Even though I was very good I still got hit sometimes, and because I’m so tall, low blows were a consistent occurrence – damn those hurt. My nose was broken quite a few times. But, 2 reconstructive surgeries later and I can breathe and wear a pair of sunglasses. I’ve broken 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 of my fingers.
Competitive boxing and I finally broke up in the spring of 2001.
Although I would never compete again – it’s a really long story and one day I’ll share my reasons – but I never left the sport. I continued to help my dad out at his gym throughout the years. I started to apply what I learned inside and outside of the boxing gym to his trainees. Now I want to share what I’ve learned and what I will learn with you here.
Learn more about my personalized training and coaching sessions here.