by Adam Lucas
Anglican Priest Father David Smith will pray for Darren Cooper tonight – and then attempt to knock his block off. The man of the cloth will swap his cassock and crucifix for gloves and mouthguard when he steps into the ring against the kung fu expert in the Manly Mega Kickboxing Battle II at Manly League Club.
Fr Smith, parish priest at Dulwich Hill’s Holy Trinity church, takes on Cooper in a super welterweight bout on the undercard to the main stoush between Adam Watt and Kevin Blanch.
But forget all the usual pre-fight banter – Fr Smith is keen to promote peace.
“I know some guys are into the violence of the sport, but I’m not out to damage the other guy,” the 33-year-old pugilistic priest said.
“I’ll try and knock the wind out if him but I don’t want to hut him.”
“And I don’t want to get hurt myself.”