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Bad hair days

A bad hair day took on a whole new meaning for Omeo based 75kg boxer Cassy Lear in her Victorian state title bout on Sunday (December 16) against Warrnambool based  Gabrielle Brown. Your hair can lose you a fight, so … Continue reading

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Answering the call

It seems only a moment ago that I was on the edge of my seat watching rare footage of women boxing. As one of the early practitioners of the sport, I was always on the lookout for others; role models, … Continue reading

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Watch out for the ‘mitt men’

A pair of focus mitts do not instantly make someone a boxing trainer.  But it’s very easy for the untrained eye to think so. Pads are all about sound and movement, that’s why they are used in open training sessions … Continue reading

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He ain’t heavy…well, actually he is

They call him Blimp, although his real name is Delen Parsley. Gleason’s regulars will know him for his operatic voice projection, glinting gold teeth that flash every time he breaks into a smile and, well, his enormous size. The dude … Continue reading

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Sex and violence

Tonight (Thursday September 8) at the Sidewalk Cafe in the East Village in New York I’ll be appearing with Francis Levy, somewhat of a New York legend, and the author of Seven Days in Rio, his latest novel, which somehow … Continue reading

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Facing the demons

Boxing provides all the best metaphors in life  – for politics, war, history and even other sports. But it seems to require none itself. As boxing historian Burt Sugar says in the documentary After the Last Round, it provides a … Continue reading

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No fooling

On April Fool’s Day I’ll be leaving Melbourne to return to the scene of the crime, New York City and Gleason’s Gym where the story of The Sweetest Thing really began. It will be four years since I first walked … Continue reading

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