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The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1925

Boxing Club

Boxing Club.

He thinks that a battle is glorious
That there's nothing so fine as a fight.
And as long as he's always victorious
The fellow is probably right.

"Evening Post." 13/6/25.

There can be no question of the fact that the coach, with only five weeks in which to produce results from a not over-extensive selection of material, did his utmost; then, too, those who were in Christchurch at Easter will bear witness that the Victoria representatives did try hard; but the hypothesis was too much (which amounts to saying that time given to preparation was too short) with the result that the under-fed and over-trained members of the team were the exceptions. However, though no doubt Canterbury contemporaries would have laughed at us, we thought the bouts for selection of the tournament representatives were of quite a good standard and the little bits of blood and spirit, both in evidence, contributed towards an enjoyable evening.

Since Easter various holidays and Annual General Meetings have interrupted our use of the gym. on Wednesday evenings, but recently our rights have been more fully respected and two very satisfactory practices have been held. It is unusual to see from 15 to 20 enthusiasts hunting for gloves and waiting in queue for the punch-ball, but, with qualifications, such has been the case. Perhaps the interest may be attributed to the College Championship Tourney with which the Club is threatened at the end of the winter term and at which we hope some recognition will be given to the successful competitors.

Some very capable exponents, giving promise of even better performances, have associated themselves with the Club since Easter, and if they can persevere in their practice throughout the winter we anticipate that the representatives will have to attend to their laurels and their skilful left hands. The weakest weight is at present the heaviest, and in view of which page 68 the Boxing Club feels justified in appealing to the sinter body whose members train in gym. and claim to have a strong crowd of forwards, evidently too many for their own needs, to send along some 14 stone artists; men who can stand a lot of hitting (for we make no rash promises and there is no insurance policy) and still kick out like mules. We know they are well trained and clever with feet and head, and we wonder why they are bashful with their hands.

We wish to place on record our gratitude to the Wellington Boxing-Association for their kindness in allowing us the use of their ring padding; we would also thank Mr. Earle Stewart for acting as referee in our contests before Easter.