Page 4 - Gordie MacDougall, Boxer: My Life
ISSUE : Issue 57
Published by Ronald Caplan on 1991/6/1
self sharp. You're around better fighters or you fight better fighters, and you keep your eyes open, you learn off them. At the end of my career, after 10 or 11 years at it, I was still learning.... FROM GORDIE'S SCRAPBOOK: "Sport news. Hard-hitting Gordie MacDougall, Cape Breton's outstanding young boxer, left for the United States on Saturday. MacDougall will join a training camp (of) internationally famous Flanagan brothers.... MacDougall, the most sensational boxer on the island since the late Ernie MacKinnon, was the recipient of some very fine gifts before departing across the bor? der. The Sydney Police Athletic Club, under whose colours Mac? Dougall trained and fought, presented the South Bar battler with a Nova Scotia tartan robe. A group of South Bar friends helped out with a purse of money, and other admirers of the young boxer sent along individual gifts. MacDougall's a credit to the boxing game, and to Sydney Police Club and trainer Johnny Nemis, who helped to bring him along the fisticuff trail. The Police Club's work is vastly un? derrated, as they've been promoting boxing for years. Let's hope they continue to do so, and to develop more fine boxers like Gordie MacDougall." (Was that your training--mostly in the ring?) Oh, yes. I worked in the woods. I was a lumberjack. When I lived out in East Bay there, I cut timber, hauled timber. And I boxed, in the meantime. Kind of toughened you up (on the) job, you know. We had punching bags. I used to spar at least 5 or 6 rounds a day, say 5 days a week. And then when I went to the States, boxing there, I used to spar up to 6, 7 rounds a day for 6 days a week sometimes. You took more punishment in training than you did sometimes in an actual fight.... But I was very dedicated. 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