Pupils get boxing

Reese Petersen, Shaun Kumbuza, Cassius Baloyi, Kamva Qumm and Marcelino Gertse.

Hillwood Primary School pupils got to roll with the punches and even spar with former world champion Cassius Baloyi who visited the school last week to launch its boxing extra-mural programme.

The boxer had a talk with the children on Friday July 28 and showed them how to throw a few punches.

Mr Baloyi, in partnership with NPO Partners for Possibilities, also donated a punching bag and some boxing gear.

The six time world champion took the opportunity to encourage the children to take up sport and grab every opportunity at success.

“I come from Malamulele in Limpopo and was coached by my father in a small room with other kids. I started amateur boxing and turned professional in 1994 at the age of 17 and won my first world championship in Germany when I was 18.

Anyone can be anything they want to become. Believe in yourself and you can do anything you set your mind to. Never let where you come from stop you from becoming something in life,” said Mr Baloyi. The retired boxer turned coach said he is looking forward to see a champion emerging from the boxing programme.

Boxing enthusiast Steve Burke, who owns the Armoury Boxing Club, also joined the fun and took time to teach the children how to spar.