Kerry from Action Factory spoke with boxers and coaches at Fit2XL club in Darwen.
Mo (Coach, Fit2XL)
What does boxing mean to you?
Confidence. Discipline. Then two key things, I think: self esteem; independence.
Muhammad Ali. What he did for people. Religion. The sport of boxing. He’s one person - wherever you go in the world - everyone knows him.
What’s it like to lose?
That’s the hardest thing in boxing, I believe. Hard to come back. Hurts your pride. It happens here with the kids. We’ve got to bring them back. We build them up to 8 or 9 then they’re back to 1. It’s hard to bring them back.
What does this boxing club mean to you?
I boxed 12 years ago. Kept me off the streets and violence. Gave confidence in the outside world. You go places. Interacting with people. I became a coach. I understand the kids.
What’s it like to be in the ring?
You enjoy it. Beautiful. You’re fighting with yourself, if that makes sense. Body shock. Heart pumping. Out of your comfort zone. A test of how good you can control it all.
Five words for boxing
Desire. Will. Passion. Love. Normal / humble. It’s freedom isn’t it? If they go home happy - we’ve done our job.
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