makes a boxing champion? by Greg Tingle
are many elements to what makes a boxing champion,
but the resounding factor is guts.
some champions are lauded louder than others, but
in this writers estimation, any boxer who ever donned
a set of gloves and set foot in a professional boxing
ring is a champion, at least in part.
brave men are modern day warriors, who care not for
"flashy" trinkets, but for athleticism,
the fans and sport at its purest.
give it their all, whether performing to a packed
house of tens of thousands of fans, or to a smoke-filled
arena barely capable of seating 50 "mugs",
looking for some cheap entertainment and a few beers
and laughs at the fighters' expense.
we think of boxing champions, the same names come
up time and time again for good reason - Mohamed Ali,
Joe Frasier, Mike Tyson, Evander Hollyfield, Oscar
De Lahoya, Lennox Lewis, Roy Jones Jr, Australia's
own Anthony Mundine and Jeff Fenech and perhaps just
a couple more. No doubt you fight fans will drum our
ears in for not mentioning them all.
Man Australia has recently made an acquaintance with
the other kind of boxing champion - a champion who
gave his all to the professional boxing circuit, had
a little time in the sun, and was then more a less
forgotten by both the fans and the promoters - would
you expect more? This man's name is Rusty Rosenberger.
Who? Rusty Rosenberger! To many of us he is just another
"nameless" name in the sport of kings, but
there are many more "Rustys" out there.
just a shadow of the man that once was; a physical
specimen who "jumped through hoops" for
the fans and promoters, Rusty is still very sound
of mind and is an accomplished writer; now on his
can not only "do it", whether boxing or
some other kind of pursuit, they want to teach others,
and share their experience, be it in the spoken or
written word. They want to "give back",
and do it selflessly and not for accolades.
talent and the right mental attitude are "must
haves" to be considered a champion. Rusty says,
"I refuse to give up", decades after last
competing. Now that folks is what a true champion
is all about.
- Rusty Rosenberger
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