“We are in dire need of a boxing ring.
When people walk in and see a boxing
attend school, so I cannot expect them to pay it.”
Marshall’s main goal “is just to curb the scourge of gangsterism and drugs and keep the youngsters occupied”, but he also believes the club can be a breeding ground for champions. One of those potential champions is his grandson, Logan.
Logan started boxing when he was just eight years old and only found out about his family’s history with the sport after his first training session.
The friendly 16- year- old already has 27 victories and two losses to his name and plans to turn professional next year. It seems rather young, but Logan has no doubts.
“That’s the same question I asked my grandfather and my uncle, but they said no. I feel fine with it and I’m confident,” the teenager said.
“It’s the dream I’ve been chasing and I know I’m going to make my dream come true. My first goal is to become the South African champion and after that an Olympic medal.”
Marshall believes his grandson and many of the other young members of the club have the talent to achieve their goals, and he definitely has the skill to help them. However, there is one major hurdle standing in their way.
“We are in dire need of a boxing ring. When people walk in and see a boxing ring, they see a boxing gym. When they walk in and don’t see that type of equipment… We have bags and everything else, but a boxing ring is what we need. If anyone can assist us with a ring that would greatly help this club.”
But irrespective of whether anyone steps in to assist, Marshall and his family will continue coaching anyone who hopes to train.
“When I stopped fighting I knew I wasn’t going to stop boxing. I will be involved in boxing for the rest of my life.”
GLOVES UP, MY BOY: Logan Marshall protects his left from his grandfather Eddie, who believes his grandson has the potential to go pro.
EYE OF THE TIGER CUB: Storm Nash and Luca Dawson glove up for another session.