The Fistic Mystic is Ben Tighe, originally from the Twin Cities but now living in exile in Fargo, North Dakota. Ben grew up in Robbinsdale and Crystal, Minnesota, and graduated from Robbinsdale Cooper High School in 1992, one of the last literate students to do so.
After one year in Bible college Ben was asked, politely but firmly, to leave. Thus began a six year “career” as a courier and parcel delivery driver. Driving led to dock work (indelicately referred to by some as freight humping) and dock work led, inevitably, to more driving. Since 1999 Ben has been toiling behind a desk as a freight consultant for freight logistics industry leader Unishippers, since 2003 in Unishippers’ Moorhead, MN office.
The Fistic Mystic Blog was established in November 2007 after an all-night brainstorm, and since 2008 it has been one of Minnesota’s leading purveyors of boxing news and insight. Ben has repeatedly been called “the best boxing writer in Minnesota, bar none” (Thanks Mom!).
Ben and his wife live with their three sons in the nicest bad neighborhood in Fargo, in a mobile home in such mint condition that it still has its original wheels and tires.