Boxing beats blues

2017-02-21 06:01
Kevin Brink (16) says boxing helps him manage his anger. Now he want to help other teens too.

Kevin Brink (16) says boxing helps him manage his anger. Now he want to help other teens too.

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After losing his father, a teen from Retreat developed anger issues that spiralled out of control.

Kevin Brink (16) says he would become so angry. And each time he became angry he would go out on the streets and pick a fight with anyone.

But boxing saved him.

“When I lost my father it’s like my life took an opposite direction. I was so angry and I would fight with anyone. It was so bad. I would just beat anyone for even the slightest thing.

“It was so bad I had to do something about it,” he says.

That’s when he decided to start boxing so that he could manage his anger issues.

“Three years ago I started boxing. I had been seeing fights on TV and I liked it. So I thought it was the only way to help me deal with my anger ­issues.

“I joined a club in my area and I’m glad that it has worked. I have learnt a lot now and I’m not that angry person anymore,” says Brink.

Brink says the most important thing that kept him grounded was that his club told him if he fought on the street he would never be part of the club again.

“The first few months, it was a difficult thing. My anger was controlling me. But with time I learnt so much discipline and to be ­humble.

“As time went by it became so easy and all that anger is gone. I’m really happy that I took the decision to do boxing. I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for the decision to take on boxing. It has changed me so much,” he says.

He now also wants to help other young people.

“I want to start a boxing club as well. I have a friend who is a professional boxer who will help me train the youth in the area.

Help others“I know because of the communities we live in there are so many people who are going through what I went through. They need help to manage their anger so I want to give them the platform to deal with their issues. Part of my idea is to take other young people off the streets. There is so much crime in the areas,” he says.

The challenge he now faces is that he doesn’t have any equipment.

“I’m appealing to anyone who can help me with equipment. We need punching bags, gloves and mats, head guards and skipping ropes – then we will be good to go.

“I feel like I should share with other people what I have learned. Any donation will be much appreciated.”

For more information call Kevin Brink on 073 804 4664.

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