Zedda’s a born fighter

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man­aged to get back in the ring to com­pete.

He said it was some­thing he did to prove ex­perts wrong — he just knew life wouldn’t be the same with­out box­ing.

He fought for a few years af­ter that, but even­tu­ally his more ma­ture and wise brain started to kick in, he knew it was time to re­tire.

“Any­thing I do, I want to do it with ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment,” he said.

“I al­ways want to be the best, and my body started to re­mind me daily I couldn’t move the way I once could.

“I was go­ing OK, but not great. Af­ter a while I de­cided to hang up the gloves.”

Har­ring­ton still wanted his box­ing fix. In fact, he needed it.

And he found a way to con­tinue to build his box­ing ca­reer, this time from the other side of the ropes.

And in 2015, Goul­burn Val­ley Box­ing was born.

“I didn’t want to give up on box­ing, I think that came down to my ‘fighter’s men­tal­ity’,” Har­ring­ton said.

Many around the gym have said if he was to step away from box­ing com­pletely, it would be a huge loss.

Har­ring­ton has too much knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to share.

“Coach­ing has given me the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved in the sport just as much as when I was an ath­lete, I love it,” he said.

“Plenty of sac­ri­fice and time goes into it, and my fighters reap the re­wards.”

The lat­est win for Har­ring­ton’s club was a Masters Ti­tle win by lightweight Luke Slater over Spain’s Is­mail Gar­cia on Septem­ber 8.

He also coaches Kyabram­based fighter El­lie Fry, who has en­joyed a huge amount of suc­cess re­cently.

“We are plan­ning on get­ting El­lie into the state side to com­pete for the 2019 Youth Na­tion­als,” Har­ring­ton said.

Box­ing coach Zedda Har­ring­ton, left, with one of his fighters, Luke Slater, who ear­lier this month won a Masters Ti­tle.

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