“We are in dire need of a box­ing ring.

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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.

PIC­TURES: BHEKI RADEBE

EYE OF THE TIGER CUB: Storm Nash and Luca Daw­son glove up for an­other ses­sion.

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