Fighting Father Dave to attempt Guinness World Record

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Anglican parish priest Father Dave Smith, 50, is taking the good fight to a new level as he attempts the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of continuous rounds of boxing.


The pugilist priest: Father Dave Smith

On Sunday 1 April, Father Dave will leave his Palm Sunday service at the Holy Trinity Church in Dulwich Hill, NSW and walk over the road to the church hall, where he will box 120 rounds over eight hours.

A former professional boxer who has also fought in kickboxing, wrestling and MMA, Father Dave will face boxing greats including Lovemore N'dou (two-time world champion), Solomon Haumono (Australian heavyweight champion), Solomon Egberime (African and Australian champion), Nader Hamdan (former Aussie and Pan-Pacific champion) and Lauryn Eagle (boxer, water-ski champion and model), as well as members of the fight community.

The officially sanctioned event will be played according to Queensbury rules, with a referee and medics in attendance throughout the day. If successful, Father Dave will smash the previous world record of 25 rounds, as well as the unofficial record of 111 rounds.

The box-a-thon will raise desperately needed funds for the youth drop-in centre Father Dave runs in Dulwich Hill, which brings together young people from the local community and rehabilitates those with drug and alcohol addiction by teaching them combat sports.

"This event is attracting considerable interest from the old guard of boxing, and will bring young and old members of the boxing community together," said Father Dave. To find out more, visit

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