Tag Archives: Sarah Howett

News flash! Women can box!

The Herald Sun’s Ron Reed has finally discovered women’s boxing, which is great for him, and for the rest of us too, I suppose, even though he’s about five years behind the times. But while we have been watching the … 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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Boxing birds of a feather

I don’t want to go on too much about Lauryn Eagle’s public and high-priced boxing lesson on Main Event. But a few more things have struck me about it. In case anyone thinks I wish Lauryn ill, let me say … Continue reading

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The Eagle will not fly very far

Currently the whole of Australia is under the misguided impression that it’s possible for a champion waterskier to become a headlining boxer virtually overnight, since she herself can’t see much difference between the sports. So there’s your problem right there. … Continue reading

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Still boxing in the shadows

Once again women boxers are making history in a Fox Sport black hole. An international bout for a world title – the first female WBO title to be contested locally – is not worthy of a live broadcast and will … Continue reading

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It’s a jungle out there

Boxing in Australia has always suffered from what historian Geoffrey Blainey calls the ‘tyranny of distance’. He argues that Australia’s geographical remoteness has been central to shaping our history and identity – and explains how it will continue to form … Continue reading

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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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