Well, as some of you may know, I have my fifth amateur kickboxing match on Sunday. I've had this deep, sharp pain in the middle of my left lower leg for a few days. I've essentially been ignoring it ever since it popped up, after all, I'm quite used to being covered in bumps and bruises. But after jogging on it over the last few days, I can't pretend it's not there anymore. This is definitely not a new type of pain, and that's what scares me. A few weeks before my third fight, I began feeling the same type of pain that I have right now, only in my right leg just above the ankle. Being the hard-headed dumbass that I am, I kept running, kicking, jumping rope and doing all of the normal things that I do to prepare for a fight. Unfortunately, the constant training only made the pain worse, and about two to three weeks before my actual fight, I couldn't even walk without limping. The pain radiated throughout my lower leg, but I discovered a small area that literally made me cringe when I touched my finger to it. I knew something was wrong. I decided I'd worry about it after my fight. I taped it up, stopped running, stopped jumping rope, and stopped kicking. I stuck to working my boxing and doing a lot of crunches in the couple of weeks before my fight. When the day of the fight arrived, I had to spend all day trying to walk normally so my opponent wouldn't notice my weakness. I threw all thought of preserving physical well-being out the window and decided that when I stepped into the ring, I would attack the person in front of me with the ferocity of a house cat being cornered by a pair of rottweilers. I won all three rounds to earn a unanimous decision. The surging, swelling pain in my ankle never once presented itself to my one-track mind... Until I got out of the ring. I had to be helped back into the locker room by my friend and training partner and couldn't even peel the tape off of my ankle without screaming. The ecstasy of victory made it easy to ignore the debilitating pain. I saw a doctor a week or two later who told me I had a broken right tibia. He said I probably had a small fracture, possibly a stress fracture, that I nailed a couple of times and made much worse. I couldn't run, kick, or fight for months. Now, I find myself with a similar injury that will likely be seriously aggravated by fighting. To make things worse, I've done something to my knee on the same leg. Finally, to top it off, I've been recovering from bruised ribs for the last couple of weeks that just won't seem to go away. I don't know how my fight will go. I don't know if any of my injuries will affect me during the fight. I don't know how long I'll be on the mend afterwards. All I know is LETS MUTHERFUKERS!!