Opinion | Jan 24 2018

How boxing changed me

In a personal piece, Tony Jeffries explains the real power of boxing
Tony Jeffries
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A big reason why the sport is so good for kids is that it gets them off the streets. It’s common knowledge that there aren’t many fighters that come from a privileged background.

When I was born, I lived in a two-bed council flat with my 21-year-old mam and my three-year-old sister while my dad was doing a bit of time in jail.

I never found boxing until I was 10 when my dad forced me to go to keep me off the streets and out of trouble.