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John Kennelly, 62, of West St. Paul, Minnesota.

"This is my fifth competitive bout. I walked into a gym eight years ago and had never boxed in my life. I kinda was doing aerobic kickboxing but never liked the kicking part of it and I always wanted to do some punching and lose weight. I've lost 40 pounds since I started boxing eight years ago. When you're a Masters boxer, you have to have a physical and my doctor's comment this year was 'I don't quite get your hobby but I'm glad you're doing it."

"I like the competitiveness of it….there's no hiding behind a team, there's one person against another."

DAVID EULITT/The Kansas City Star

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John Kennelly, 62, of West St. Paul, Minnesota. <br />
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"This is my fifth competitive bout. I walked into a gym eight years ago and had never boxed in my life. I kinda was doing aerobic kickboxing but never liked the kicking part of it and I always wanted to do some punching and lose weight. I've lost 40 pounds since I started boxing eight years ago. When you're a Masters boxer, you have to have a physical and my doctor's comment this year was 'I don't quite get your hobby but I'm glad you're doing it."<br />
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"I like the competitiveness of it….there's no hiding behind a team, there's one person against another."<br />
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DAVID EULITT/The Kansas City Star