Mark McPherson began writing to pass time during train rides from West Hempstead to New York City, where, as a professional middleweight, he trained at the Times Square Gym. McPherson never became a title threat—he retired after a May, 1987 loss to Frank Tate—but was good enough to fight on network TV and compile a record of 20-3.
Mark is now a renowned boxing trainer/instructor at the Lexington Avenue Gym in Mount Kisco, NY, a New York City suburb. In addition to his continued commitment to boxing, Mark pursues his creative talents in writing and music. We’re delighted to welcome him to the CrocknBunk creative team. Welcome, Mark!!!
The following piece (serialized for CrocknBunk) first appeared in Ring Magazine and is presented below in a condensed, revised version.