Ron George, 67, of Keswick, Iowa.
"I boxed as a kid, we grew up with a large family…a poor family. We got into little scrapes. A probation officer…Burl Smith…came and my dad set up, before I was of age, for me to fight in the Golden Gloves. Then I got my rear end tromped. I remember Burl asked me how I liked it. I said 'I thought it was ok,' …so he started training me.
"In 2006, I saw a thing for Masters and I thought it'd be neat to fight again."
"My friends just thinks I'm nuts and my wife, her statement was 'why don't you just stick your head in the car door and I'll slam it and get it over with. My wife don't like it but it keeps me young."
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