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Editors Comment

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.

God bless.
Brian Mitchell