One of the best things about driving cabs is the amount of quality radio I come across. Cabbies are a captive audience. Sunday is especially rewarding on ABC Radio starting with Grandstand Sport thence, The Coudabeen Champions followed by Sunday Profile. Last night I was fortunate to hear two outstanding interviews, both with Aussie boxers.
Paul 'Hurricane' Briggs is a Queenslander who's been to hell and back. Abused as a child then, 'a hard man for most of his life; he used his anger and aggression to become the world kick boxing champion. But after a detour into the underworld as a drug dealer and standover man, Paul Briggs decided to turn his life around'. Listen to Briggs inspirational story as he talks to Richard Fidler.
Later on Sunday Profile I listened to Monica Attard interview Kosta Tszyu, '...he talks about his impoverished childhood in Serov, the physical and mental challenges of boxing, its negative impact on family life, the pain of defeat, and the thoughts that are going through his mind as he decides whether to return to the ring'.
If you have the time it's a humbling experience to hear two great fighters from difficult backgrounds reflecting on their respective lots. Both demonstrate levels of intelligence and insights not usually associated with boxers. Motivational speakers of the future.