Fighter re­fuses to go down for the count

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT -

AN AUS­TRALIAN busi­ness heavy­weight will be fight­ing for fam­i­lies when he at­tempts the Gui­nesss World Record ti­tle for the most box­ing rounds ever on Sun­day.

Rod Walker, 59, is rais­ing money for the not-for-profit youth and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion Fu­sion, based in St Marys, when he goes toe to toe for at least 125 con­tin­u­ous three-minute rounds to beat the world record.

The at­tempt is the brain child of Walker and Fu­sion man­ager Sal­lie Ham­mond, of Bid­will.

“I’m thrilled Fight­ing for Fam­i­lies will help raise much needed funds for Fu­sion Western Syd­ney,” Walker said. “This is un­doubt­edly the tough­est, yet most re­ward­ing chal­lenge of my life. Know­ing the money I raise will be used to equip and in­spire par­ents to build healthy, lov­ing fam­i­lies and pro­mote a brighter fu­ture for our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Walker be­gan box­ing seven years ago when he wanted to im­prove his fit­ness, and the father of five ended up tak­ing his box­ing from a work­out reg­i­men all the way to be­com­ing a 2013 Aus­tralian masters cham­pion.

He hopes to raise around $250,000 through do­na­tions and a silent auc­tion, that will go to Fu­sion pro­grams.

Rod Walker.

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