Upon completion of their in-ring careers, a lot of fighters opt for a simpler existence.
Clearly, Terri Moss is not a lot of fighters.
The 5-foot-1 dynamo, who consistently weighed in just a shade or two north of 100 pounds, hasn't stepped through the ropes as a professional for nearly six years. But by her own admission, a life that used to revolve around fight preparation and competition has become many worlds busier.
"Work is about 95 percent of my time," said Moss, 47, a Denver native now living in Atlanta. "I'm opening a big new gym of my own in Atlanta, called Buckhead Fight Club, which is a huge undertaking. There, I will be training men and women and all of my corporate boxers as well.
"Then, my next show, Atlanta Corporate Fight Night 7, is scheduled for Aug. 8, with new growth and bigger productions with each show. I plan to take that show national this year as well, with our first show possibly being in Nashville, Tenn."
The Corporate Fight Night model, a twice-yearly fixture in Georgia, sprang from Moss' desire to give business people the chance to experience what she did 18 times between 2002 and 2007 in a pro career that ultimately earned her a world title -- the WIBF's 105-pound crown -- in her final outing at age 41.
She's got her hands on several other projects these days as well, including supervising title bouts for the WIBF and GBU, serving as a board member with the Champions of Dignity Association and working on a documentary called "Boxing Chicks" that's being produced by Tomorrow Pictures.
"It's a very realistic view of what motivates the majority of real women boxers," she said. "Contrary to popular belief, most of us are college- educated career people and moms who do it to satisfy something inside ourselves. We certainly don't do it for the money, do we? That will change one day."
We caught up with Moss during a brief moment of down time to discuss her career, the state of women's boxing and what it might take to bring it closer to the mainstream.
Fitzbitz: You haven't had a fight in almost seven years, yet you still seem as active with boxing today as ever. What is it about the game that's kept you around it?
Terri Moss: Plain and simple, I'm in an ugly love affair with boxing. It's like a bad boyfriend. You know you should leave, but you keep going back. All jokes aside, though, the reason I'm still here is that I've found much more to do in life after the ring than I ever had inside it. Fighting was incredible. I miss it a lot -- especially the training at that level -- and there is no feeling like the feeling of being in that kind of shape. But I knew because of my age that I had a short wick as a fighter, and once I laid my own career aside I found that there is a lot of good I can do for the sport of boxing -- especially for women's boxing -- for the public image of boxing and for those I train and introduce to boxing.
Fitzbitz: You were a pro for five years and had 18 fights. Did you accomplish everything you wanted as a professional? Are you satisfied with the career you had?
Moss: Oh my gosh, who is ever satisfied? If I would have had my way I would have continued fighting, of course, but my trainer had had just about all he could stand of my career by the time I won my titles. He was turning everything down, much to my frustration, including two championship fights -- one with Carina Moreno, one with Julia Sahin -- and it was obvious I wouldn't have the opportunity to defend mine, so I hung up the gloves and moved on to training and promoting. I guess in the big picture I did more than anyone expected me to do, considering my very late start and lack of experience when I did. I fought for five world titles, I became a champion and I set a world record. I can't complain. It was understandable for my trainer to pull out since I never had a manager or promoter, and funding of my career was extremely difficult. I would have liked to go one more year, for sure, but I have my faculties, I'm still sharp, there's no wear on my body and I can still move pretty fast, so I'm pretty content.