Group After 120 Rounds Joe celebrates a great performance Dave and Elias

Proud as Punch

The other night I watched a TV documentary about the origin of the Olympic Games which featured two muscle-bound heroes slugging each other with nasty-looking leather straps on their fists. This was the start of amateur boxing – in ancient Greece. The loin-cloth clad competitors were in for the kill – literally! They were not content unless they drew blood…lots
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Amateur Boxing is a sport and an Olympic Sport, and therefore cannot be thought of as Boxing

The comparison is not too different to the comparison between Rugby Union and Rugby League. What the average boxing fan does not know about amateur boxing is staggering. It has been too long since I was involved to try and talk about rules, regulations and scoring systems etc. What has not changed is the simple fact we don’t have any
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Fight a Priest, Trust a Fighter

One day Father Dave (the Anglican priest with whose family I am staying for a year) asked me if I felt like joining him at a rugby match. Dave is the chaplain of the local Rugby League club, the “Newtown Jets”, and naturally he had to be there. It was the opening match of the season. The Australians have adapted
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Catching Up With Cooper and Ali

My introduction to the British boxing scene was through my late father. He was invited to dinner with the legendary heavyweight champ Henry Cooper. Although not a big boxing fan, my father was very impressed by Cooper-especially his modesty. “He was a very nice guy,” he told me. “Great sense of humor and lots of tales of how he reached
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Blood, Sweat, and Broken Noses

Blood, sweat, and broken noses accompanied with an image of Rocky groaning, ‘Adriaaaaan’. That’s what boxing is basically about – or so I thought. Like these people, I had made the mistake of assuming that this sport was dominated by thugs with serious anger-management issues; an assumption I soon realized was far from the truth. After easing into my surroundings
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Group After 120 Rounds

Guinness World Record

On Sunday, April 1st 2012, Father Dave Smith broke the Guinness World Record for the most continuous rounds of sparring, in the boxing ring at the Dulwich Hill Gym. Father Dave sparred a number of opponents for 120 rounds, over the course of 8 hours. The event was organised in order to raise funds for the church’s Youth Centre, and
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What I love about Amateur Boxing

I’m a thousand miles from home at the moment at the Australian Amateur Boxing League’s National Titles, and I’m enjoying every minute of it. Right now I’m watching two 13-year-old schoolboys belting it out, and the standard is surprisingly good.  The boys are focused, controlled and highly skilled for their age.  And behind each boy is a small team of older
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The Glory of a Good Fight

“Blessed be the LORD my strength, –which teacheth my hands to war, –and my fingers to fight. –My goodness, and my fortress; –my high tower, and my deliverer; –my shield, and he in whom I trust; –who subdueth my people under me.” Psalm 144——– ‘Do you do sparring here’ he asked. ‘Yes’ I said, wishing I had another answer to give him. Normally
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The Ancient Wisdom of Learning to Fight

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up
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Why Young Males Love to Box

I had twenty-five boys at the fight club tonight – twenty-five boys and one girl, and she certainly did stand out. It’s amazing how starkly obvious the gender differences are in a ring environment. In the general flow of life in an industrialised society men and women are mixed and merged together in their daily routines, doing the same sorts
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