Meet the boxer with God in his corner. Anglican priest Father Dave Smith broke the world record last night for the most continuous boxing rounds, taking on all corners – including Anthony Mundine – to raise $10, 000 for a youth centre.
The 50-year-old battled 66 opponents as he completed 120 three-minute rounds at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill. Documentary maker John Safran also took part as well as locals, youth centre members and other priests. Profesional boxer and former rugby league player Solomon Haumono said Father Dave was an “inspiration”.
“He’s a man of honour and he leads by example.” Haumono said.
“What we’re doing here is a testament to what drives him.” Haumono said he didn’t hesitate to take part in the record attempt. “That’s why I planned it to come late, so he was tired,” he added.
Father Caine Pennell, a minister at Enmore Church of the Nazarene, went three rounds with Father Dave and said: “it’s bringing different groups of people and faiths together.”