IN RING: Former boxing champions Lance Waldon and Noel Kunde with gym member David Reynolds.
IN RING: Former boxing champions Lance Waldon and Noel Kunde with gym member David Reynolds. Claudia Baxter

Former boxing champs give to next generation

IPSWICH's retired boxing champions are doing their bit for the youth of the city.

The group, represented by Lance Waldon and Noel Kunde, have donated $1000 to Swifts Zion Boxing Club so that the club can purchase equipment.

"They will use the funds to buy themselves some good equipment and keep the kids on track," Mr Kunde said.

"Zion Boxing helps kids that can get into a bit of trouble around the place. They help straighten them out. Boxing can give you prestige and pride in yourself."

Mr Kunde said he wasn't a wayward youth but reflected on how it helped.

"I had a pretty strict dad, so there was no chance of me getting off the tracks," he said.

"When I was fighting I was a quiet kid, but boxing helped to give me a bit of prestige."

Mr Kunde won the Australian lightweight title as an amateur in 1961. He turned professional in 1962 and won the national bantamweight title in 1964 as a pro.

"I ended up winning Australian titles as an amateur and a pro. I went on to fight Johnny Famechon and Lionel Rose, two blokes that went on to win world titles," he said. Mr Kunde defended his bantamweight title twice, but was close to retirement when he came up against Rose.

"I got a place. I came second," he said when asked how he went against Rose.

"Lionel Rose beat me on points, and when I fought Johnny Famechon I gave away half a stone.

"In those days the rubbishing of other boxers didn't go on. Everyone had respect for each other."



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