Meet Smith Boxing Inc

2013-02-03 10:00

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Three brothers with a family history of the sport are providing the support fighters need.

The sons of former three-time SA light heavyweight champion and World Boxing Association contender Kosie “KO” Smith – Peter, George and Sean – inherited their father’s genes.

Today, the trio co-owns one of the top boxing and mixed martial arts gyms in the country.

Team Smith, as they are affectionately known, train, manage and produce contact sport champions.

Their father, a sensation in the mid-1970s, was well known as one of the hardest hitters in the local boxing fraternity.

Peter “The Tenacious One” is the oldest of the three brothers. He trained and fought locally before relocating to the US, where his career blossomed, retiring with an impressive record of 22 fights, 20 wins and only two losses.

A world title contender in his own right, Peter was ranked in the top 10 in the heavyweight division during his heyday inside the ring and he was a bodyguard to Oscar De La Hoya.

He also became a sparring partner for a few famous names in the heavyweight division, such as James Toney, Lamon Brewster and the Klitschko brothers, to name a few.

“After seven years of blood, sweat and tears, I returned home to pass on the knowledge and my expertise to the boxing business that my younger brothers, George and Sean, had established in my absence,” recalls Peter.

George “The Brutal Hitter”, a multitalented man in many sports, knocked out some of the big local names on his way to Springbok colours.

In 2000, George and Sean opened their first gym in Cresta to pursue their boxing ambitions.

With the variety of skills they share, they established a successful business training high-profile sportsmen.

The youngest of the trio, Sean “The Natural One”, also tried his luck at boxing, with an unbeaten amateur record, but his career was cut short by injury.

He then shifted his focus to business, passing on his experience to raise and develop a new generation of champions.

“This was the birth of the Smiths Boxercise Gym chapter, with me leading from the front,” says Sean.

Having been in the sport since an early age, their understanding of boxing and its history speaks volumes.

“From a very young age, we used to watch dad at the Brixton Huguenot Gym. We witnessed first-hand how champions were made.”

Their involvement in mixed martial arts has seen them produce a crop of promising cage fighters, such as Extreme Fighting Championship superstar Dino “The Lion” Bagattin.

“With the growing popularity of mixed martial arts and boxing being an integral part of your skill set as a mixed martial arts fighter, it attracted fighters to come and hone their skills and talent at our gym,” said Sean.

The brothers describe their working relationship as one that is close-knit and supportive, with the philosophy that there is no “I” in team, hence the Team Smith nickname.

Peter says: “We support each other’s fighters wholeheartedly, which contributes to the success of Team Smith.

“Each brother brings a different skill and style to suit each individual fighter so that they can get the maximum out of our talents.”

Last year saw the beginning of a new era in boxing when hot sensation African Boxing Union cruiserweight champion Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu took the sporting world by storm, thanks to training he had put in at the Smith gym.

The Smith brothers’ next mission is to bring home one of the major titles from the International Boxing Federation or World Boxing Council (WBC) and Mchunu is in a good position for a shot at the WBC cruiserweight title before the end of the year, given his nonstop climb up the rankings so far.

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