When a round ends, a boxer goes to his corner -- for advice and encouragement.
At different stages in their careers, two local boxers are in each other's corners.
Stamford's Chordale Booker and Norwalk's Shakha Moore met three years ago…Moore then a 34 year old veteran pro, Booker a promising 20 year old.
"We sparred and the first time I got into the ring, I thought 'Wow, this kid is awesome," Moore says.
"It was great sparring him," says Booker. "I was new to the game and he had a lot of tricks."
That's all it took. Ever since, the two have trained together. Booker says together, they "eat and sleep" boxing.
"Chordale makes me want to come to the gym every day," Moore says. "He's here every day, so he inspires me."
Booker says often when they spar, Moore will "hit him with a good move, a good counterpunch." He remembers every combination and uses them himself.
"I'll use those tools, too," he says.
Moore says despite the difference in age and experience, Booker is a teacher, as well.
"He coaches me on things I should and shouldn't do when we're in the ring," he says. "We push each other."
Some days the two can spend up to five hours in the ring. But their friendship goes far beyond the ropes.
"He's a true, true friend," Booker says. "This is not just boxing."
A few months ago, the two realized they had the same birthday: May 7. So they celebrated together.
"We went out and both of our families came," Booker says. "It's just a real bond."
Now Moore says he's still fighting. Booker is weighing either turning pro or going for the 2016 Olympics -- a goal Moore fell short of in 1996.
"When I feel that my time is up, I'll definitely stop," Moore says. "And when I do, all my time will go to Chordale."
"It's different when somebody is constantly there," Booker says. "Being able to show you things, tell you things, train with you."
Moore says he knows "for a fact" Booker will make it regardless of whatever path -- pros or Olympics -- he chooses.
"I think God puts people in certain places for certain reasons," Moore says. "I think God put us together for a reason."