In what has assuredly been the most unforgettable year of my life, I’m on my way back to the United States for induction into the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Since this follows my recent induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, you can probably understand my excitement at this point in time.
Boxing has been so really good to me and I would
never knock the game or its participants. I can read a
fight book and talk fights anytime, which I’m often called
upon to do when socializing with my friends.
This month’s magazine is another cracking publication
and if I may say so I think you’ll especially enjoy Terry
Pettifer’s article on the outstanding “teachers” in the history
of South African boxing. Pettifer brings out a new
book later this year, entitled “The Naked Square” and has
asked me to write the foreword. Naturally I was honoured
to accept his invitation.
To quote the words from a particular song; My bags
are packed, I’m ready to go, but before boarding my
flight to the USA I’d like to leave you with a final thought:
the sport of boxing is on a definite high worldwide and some of the athletes today are comparable to the greats of old, which tells us that the game of fisticuffs will remain as engrossing as ever for decades to come.