Fight club: Boxing gives teenagers hope in crime hotspot

VIDEO: Local boxing world to honor Brockton’s Roger ‘Pit’ Perron for his contributions to the sport

I can’t do anything when I’m crippled. But God listened to me. He healed me.” His dreams shattered, Khosi realized he would never be able to take part in professional matches again. But if he couldn’t box, he could at lease use his skills to train others. Starting Hillbrow Boxing Club, he says, has brought purpose back to his life. And the gym is now also bringing hope to others in the neighborhood.

Step aside boxing – rugby union is now the world’s most dangerous sport

Wallabies flanker George Smith

DAZED … but Wallabies flanker George Smith was soon back on the field Collins son Steve Jnr is a hooker who has played for Wasps and London Irish and has his second cruiserweight pro fight at Wembley Arena tomorrow. So I put it to Collins: Do you feel happier when young Steve is playing rugby or when hes boxing? The Celtic Warrior told me: Theres no doubt in my mind that if Steve gets knocked out he will be looked after much better medically by the boxing authorities than the rugby boys. I love both sports. You have to be particularly tough to be involved in either one of them.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. back to boxing

In Haglers split decision loss to Sugar Ray Leonard, Perron sat ringside next to famed sportscaster Howard Cosell. Perron was Goodys assistant for 27 years and worked an estimated 1,000 corners with him. I learned through Goody, Perron said. I watched him like a hawk. Tony Petronelli said that Pit learned well from Goody.

After school, local boys flock to the gym to learn the basics of boxing -- how to move, jab and defend. No fee is required as the goal is to keep youngsters off the streets.

Arum said Chavez would do most of his training in Mexico with another trainer and then likely finish in Los Angeles with Roach. “Chavez will train much better for this fight, not like the idiot who trained for the last fight,” Arum said. “I think he’s going to train most of the time in Mexico and come in the last two or three weeks and have Freddie fine-tune him.” Roach said that as of now, he isn’t Chavez’s trainer but added that if Chavez called him and asked him to work with him, he would be willing. While the fight with Vera was announced and tickets go on sale Friday, Chavez still must get a visa, which has been an issue, in order to enter the United States. Chavez has had problems getting a visa because of a DUI arrest last year in Los Angeles.


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