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Fight for the Cure ... Final interview

Tomorrow is the big event … my boxing debut in a charity gala called the Fight for the Cure which is raising money for cancer research.  If you feel like donating a few dollars then go to the FFTC website and select the Buy Tickets link … there is a place to just make a donation, GREAT CAUSE and THANKS!

Today I thought I would give an interview about this event , because I have been asked a lot of questions, and it might be a different way to write a blog entry (shades of my childhood …so tell me about scoring that winning goal in the FA Cup Final?) … here goes!

Interviewer:  Mr. Dee tell us about the event.

Kevin:  This is the fourth year of the Fight for the Cure, a white collar boxing event to raise money for cancer research.  There will almost 600 people at the Hampton Inn in Ottawa, eating a nice dinner and enjoying 4 white collar fights featuring local executives plus four bouts featuring top amateurs. Final Round Boxing(Matt Whitteker) is the driving force behind this with some great sponsors.

Interviewer:  So Mr Dee you are one of the white collar boxers … you look a little old for that, do you mind telling me just how old you are?

Kevin:  Sure … I’m 55.

long pause …

Interviewer:  Ahhh that makes you older than my dad!  Sooooo … can you tell the listeners just WHY you are doing this?

Kevin:  Sure …

1.  I am involved with numerous charities and this is a great cause to support;

2.  It’s a challenge … and I like a challenge;

3.  I was asked to get involved … that usually gets me

Interviewer:  How long have you been training, and what was involved?

Kevin:  I started in November, so about 4 or 5 months.  I had a little hiccup in the middle when I sprained my MCL, but generally it has been once or twice a week of boxing specific training  since then … plus my regular workouts on other days.  The last few weeks have been a little more intense.

Interviewer:  Had you ever boxed before?

Kevin:  Nope.  I did however grow up in 1960’s/70’s Liverpool which meant a certain willingness to “mix it up” if needed.  I have also been known to get the odd red card through my soccer career, so I’m not really averse to a little physical stuff.

Interviewer:  Are you nervous?

Kevin:  To be honest I don’t think about it too much.  I was actually more nervous the first time I sparred, and then again when I sparred against someone who wasn’t my coach.  The final “dress rehearsal” last week had some pretty spirited sparring … so I feel ready.

Interviewer:  Boxing is a tough sport … have you been hurt along the way? 

Kevin:  A couple of bloodied noses and a black eye, plus I sprained my MCL while in the ring sparring with someone a fair bit bigger.  Truth be told, I had hurt the knee a few days earlier skiing … so it wasn’t all because of boxing.  The other stuff is minor and it is quite amazing how it just comes with the territory.

Interviewer:  Are you worried about Saturday night?

Kevin:  I think I’m ready.  I’ll be disappointed if we don’t put on a good show for the crowd, they have paid good money for a great cause and deserve good entertainment.  That’s my only worry.  I don’t expect it to be much different than last week’s sparring.

Interviewer:  Would you do it again?

Kevin:  No … it’s something unique to add to my list of “life experiences” and I’m glad I did it.  I think I am probably pushing the age limits a little, so I will make this my first and only fight.  I will stick with the training … it has been amazing!

Interviewer:  Is there anything you are looking forward to once the bout is over?

Kevin:  I will have a very good scotch!  I have been on the wagon since the new Year … so that will taste good!

Interviewer:  Thanks for this

Kevin:  You’re welcome.