Goodbye Diana, hello 2013!

January 10, 2013

Camera shy Sam Visciglio with the Boxing Central sparring class and Diana Prazak.

The first sparring class for 2013 was also the last time we saw Diana Prazak, world champion professional boxer and long time friend of mine.

It was great having her in the gym for her two week’s holiday in Australia seeing family and friends before she goes back to Los Angeles to resume her career training with Lucia Rijker, ‘the most dangerous woman on the planet’.

Diana, fresh from fighting pound for pound queen Holly Holm in New Mexico, impressed everyone at Boxing Central with her  energy, enthusiasm, resilience, determination and spirit. Most of all she inspired the women, showing them the way forward in ways that her coach Lucia, showed my generation how far we females could push the envelope and challenge the doubters about our strength and courage.

Diana also helped us break in the new gym location at 10-107 Whitehall St, Footscray, so that now the regulars feel like they belong in a place that is purpose built for them, so that they can not only work with each other but work independently if they want. They can watch and learn and practice what they have been taught. That’s the way a boxing gym operates. A good gym is a place of learning. And the tone has been set at MBC for the future. 2013 is going to be a great year.


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