Currie passes on words of wisdom
A BOXER with a gift of the jab was in Gladstone recently giving young fighters a few tips of the trade.
Former Australian featherweight champion Selwyn Currie put on the gloves and cast his eye over a handful of boxers training at the PCYC.
Currie travels in his job as a boilermaker and was working in Rockhampton when PCYC boxing coach Russell Thomas asked him to come along to a training session.
His reason for staying involved in the sport is pretty simple: “I love boxing.”
Currie was at the Island Sands fight night held last month and gave PCYC boxer Sam Nicol some helpful advice before his fight, which proved to be useful.
“As we were warming up, I showed him how to throw a left hook and he went out and knocked the bloke out in the first round with one, so I know he’s a quick learner,” Currie said.
Before the session, Nicol said he was looking to fine-tune.
“I want to improve the little stuff and get some experience,” he said.
PCYC’s acting Sergeant Peter Dixon said boxing was an important part of what the club offered.
“It’s good for fitness and discipline,” he said.
“We support the fighters and are right behind them.”
Currie stood back and watched how the lads went before offering any advice.
“I love being involved in it and if I can help, especially the kids who are the future, I will,” Currie said.
At 21, Currie decided to put on the gloves.
“I played rugby league and trained in the off-season,” he said.
“The trainer said, ‘Do you want to have a go?’ and I just fell in love with it.”
December 1989 was Currie’s first venture into the ring and there was no mucking around with amateur bouts; it was straight into the professional ranks for his debut fight.
“I got my (backside) kicked,” he laughed.
“I fought a bloke who’d had nine-10 fights for nine wins.
“I was way overweight and went straight into the deep end.”
Another seven losses were followed by an 18-month spell.
“I trained seven days a week, twice a day – my whole life was boxing,” Currie said.
October 1996 was the culmination of the hard work, as he won the Australian featherweight title.
“I couldn’t have done it without trainer Jeff Malcolm,” he said.
Currie lost the title in 1998 and had his last fight in Asia in 1999.
“As soon as I got in the ring, I knew it was over,” he said.
“I gave them to an Indonesian kid and said, ‘Here mate, I’ll never need these again’.”