Equip­ment…” – Ed­die Mar­shall

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he has judged and ref­er­eed 164 world ti­tle fights and met Muham­mad Ali, Ge­orge Fore­man, Don King, Evan­der Holy­field and a host of other box­ing celebri­ties. The 62-year-old was also named as the World Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (WBF) Of­fi­cial of the Year in 2014 and served on the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

But while he may have of­fi­ci­ated in more world ti­tle fights than most peo­ple have seen, and met the rich and fa­mous as part of the sport’s glitzy up­per ech­e­lon, it’s clear that Mar­shall’s true pas­sion lies in coach­ing.

The wet and cold weather meant only a hand­ful of club mem­bers joined Storm at that Mon­day train­ing ses­sion, but that made no dif­fer­ence to Ed­die and Mar­lin, Mar­shall’s son and as­sis­tant coach.

Mem­bers pay just R50 a month to help cover the cost of us­ing the fa­cil­ity, mean­ing the pair re­ceives no pay­ment for the time and ef­fort they put in.

“I do it to keep the young­sters off the streets,” Mar­shall said. “We’re not mak­ing money at all. We’re do­ing this just to plow back be­cause of what the sport has given to me.

“We are not here to make money, but the fa­cil­ity has to be paid for and that is a bit dif­fi­cult. We are strug­gling to make ends meet, but we do and we carry on.

“As for the R50, it’s maybe only two or three that ac­tu­ally pay. Those who can­not af­ford to pay are still wel­come. We don’t chase them away. We keep them here.

“Some of these young­sters don’t work. They are un­em­ployed and some don’t even

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