Monthly Archives: September 2010

When the going gets tough

Melbourne boxing coach Peter Murphy likes to introduce me to people in his gym as ‘an old pro’ and then enjoys watching me squirm against the potential for misunderstanding. And I am always quick to take the bait lest people … Continue reading

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The Real Thing

The legendary welterweight ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler once said that when he dies and they open up his skull, instead of a brain they’ll find nothing but a big boxing glove inside. I’m starting to feel the same way after my … Continue reading

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Trouble in Paradise

A new level: Katie Taylor v Queen Underwood. Picture: Adriana Gonzalez The Queen v The Champ Women’s boxing just hit a whole new level here in Barbados in the 60kg semi final between Queen Underwood and the force of nature … Continue reading

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The wild frontier

The Barbados boxing tent was a wild place today, both inside and out. The action just keeps getting more intense as each girl is eliminated from the tournament and joins the mix in the sparring. Outside there was a tropical … Continue reading

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The good fight

I’ve seen thousands of rounds of sparring in my time, enough to know that what I am witnessing in Barbados’s airless 30m X 12m training tent, inside the three rings, is a seismic shift, a rapid shrinking of that gap … Continue reading

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Fighting time

Dig it: Claire Ghabrial spars Mexico Right on: Naomi Fischer-Rasmussen v Egypt Relaxed and Barbadian: Sherlock Small Barbados is bitter sweet for me since I’m essentially on the outside looking in. After so many years in the sport, and so … Continue reading

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Sabrina Ostowari v Yanzi Yang of China

Australia’s Sabrina Ostowari shows she is world class against China’s Yanzi Yang

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