Feature | Premium | Apr 17 2019

The incredible courage of Kevin Lueshing

'Every time I stepped in the ring it was the same fear I felt when my dad told me to get a belt for him to beat me with,' Kevin Lueshing explains
Kevin Lueshing
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A DIFFICULT upbringing is almost a rite of passage for boxers. Their tough experiences are inextricably linked to the arduous career path they choose, and compel them to push their minds and bodies to the limit in this cruellest of sports.

For Kevin Lueshing, boxing was an escape from the abominable trauma he suffered as a child.

His father, George, regularly beat him, usually with a belt or – sometimes – with heavy-duty jump leads.