You might sooner expect to find Christopher "Sailor Swift" Huang cracking jokes at an open mic night than throwing punches in the squared circle. Just take a look at the website for his restaurant, Ninja Ramen in Houston, and you'll learn that their recipes have been "secretly guarded for 2 million years," that they only use "free-range noodles that have never been caged," and that mermaids are responsible for hand-delivering their dashi stock.
Jokes aside though, he's participating with the Bartender Boxing Organization to fight the unhealthy hospitality lifestyle. "I work 100 plus hours a week, and I sleep only three to four hours a night" Huang says, while describing his typical dietary plan as essentially just a whole lot of "binge-eating calories."
BBO is therefore the springboard to achieving and then maintaining that health and wellness. "I think it's easy to get out of shape, but not difficult to stay in shape if you focus your efforts," Huang says.
Oh, and he's also training for a special cause. "I'm fighting to raise awareness for the pegacorns," Huang says. "They get no recognition, and it's just a tragedy. Everybody knows about pegasi, plural of pegasus, and unicorns, but I feel like there has always been a bit of a conspiracy to cover up the offspring of the admittedly taboo hookups between the two species."
Right, and then what about the nickname? "I wouldn't say that I chose my name of 'Sailor Swift' so much as it chose me," Huang says. "I was already widely regarded as the greatest cowboy boot-wearing, 6-foot tall, blonde, two-legged Asian merman singer-songwriter, when, one day, a little black cat called Luna came up to me and gave me a magical brooch, which, when I yell 'by the power of Grayskull!', gives me magical Sailor He-Man powers. I had no choice but to assume the mantle as the ultimate hero of the world, Sailor Swift."
His superpowers were apparently not yet formed during his only prior experience with boxing though. "In college, my friends and I watched this boxing anime called Hajime no Ippo," Huang explains. "We got super excited to try some of the moves out so we bought boxing gloves and boxed for a few minutes in the driveway. A monstrous uppercut to my face chipped my front tooth, and that was the last any of us ever had to do with boxing."
Huang can't wait to step into the ring this time, although he may have a different motivation beyond actual eagerness to compete. "I'm super excited! I have a great outfit that needs to be seen by as many human eyes as possible," Huang says. "I'm eager for my time in the spotlight so that everybody can bask in the light and glory of the visual experience that is me."
Huang carries the torch of the self-deprecating comedian, so it's not as if he's going to tout his fighting prowess. "I'm 135 pounds at 6 feet tall, okay? I'm so light and delicate, when I want to travel on vacation, I just jump into the air, and let the wind carry me into the next state," Huang says. "I'm very slow, but I'm also very weak. I have bad coordination and reaction times, and I have horrible balance — can't walk in a straight line or stand on one foot. Don't worry though, I have a lot of heart!"
I don't know about you, but sounds to me like Sailor Swift may just be the betting favorite when the bell rings on fight night.