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Denis Cherry is currently Australia's oldest amateur boxer but we'd still think twice before jumping into the ring with him!
At a golden 73 years of age, Denis retired from work in 2016 after working in commercial radio for almost 40 years. In 2002 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and fortunately after surgery was totally cleared from the disease.
To get fit Denis started taking boxing classes using pads, bags and doing sparing sessions. One thing led to another and a after couple of exhibition bouts he fought in his first real boxing bout. On 2nd of June 2018 Denis was very proud and honoured to win the WBF Australian Title 64-69kg over 60 years.
We think Denis is the absolute definition of a hero and our team have been inspired by his guts and determination to live a healthy fit lifestyle. We hope we have the same spring in our step as Denis does when we get to his age!
BEATING CANCER IN 2016
HAVING 2 CHILDREN
HAVING 4 GRANDCHILDREN
BEING MARRIED FOR 50 YEARS
WINNING WBF TITLE 2ND JUNE 2018, 64-69KG OVER 60YRS.
TO CONTINUE COMPETITIVE BOXING FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE
5 MINUTES OF FAME WITH AMATEUR BOXER DENIS CHERRY
Here's a little more we found out about Denis in our '5 Minutes of Fame' with him.
What is your favourite Paleo Hero product?
What does a 'day in the life of' look like for you?
Exercise, work around the house, rest, engaging with grandkids and eating food.
If you could give one piece of nutritional wisdom to the Australian public, what would it be?
Give your body more nutrition from your food by living without stress!
If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would it be & why?
I would spend the day with Floyd Mayweather. Despite his wealth (which he flaunts - I don’t like), he trains as hard as any sports person I have ever seen and continues to despite his success.
What's your favourite colour?
What's your favourite way to work out when you are not training?
Swimming and light pad work.
Can you share with us a motivational quote that really resonates with you?
‘Earn respect and Give Respect’
Some days as an athlete must be tougher than others. What gets you through the tough days?
Looking forward to my next bout.
What does relaxing look like in your down-time?
Sleeping and watching my grandchildren’s sporting matches.
Who is the person who has inspired you most to do what you do?
Too many to mention. However one major inspiration is Muhammad Ali.