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Jody McGill managed to win the three fights she fought on Alan Pond’s behalf, despite having never boxed before.

Fighting Pondy’s fight

By Melissa Sheil

THE girlfriend of late Midland sporting legend Alan Pond has helped her former partner reach his 100 boxing match goal.

Jody McGill was in a long-term relationship with the Koongamia boxer and gym owner, affectionately known to the community as Pondy, when he unexpectedly died in March this year, three matches short of his goal to compete in 100 fights.

After consideration, Jody stepped in to reach the finish line for him.

“It was Alan’s life dream to get to 100 fights and I couldn’t let it go when he was so close,” she said.

“I made a promise, I learned how to box and  trained like crazy to go in and complete those last three fights.”

“It was a very emotional experience and though I’m relieved it’s over, I’m proud of myself, and hope Alan would be too.”

Ms McGill, who had never boxed before, won the three matches, the first in Geraldton a month after Alan died and the last two at Perth Town Hall on October 15 and 16, finishing up winning the Females Masters Boxing Final 54kg title.

“The actual fights in the finals were pretty full on as we went punch for punch,” she said.

“It’s a bit weird, because I don’t actually like punching people, so I struggled but that’s what you’ve got to do –  you step in the ring and hope that neither of you get hurt.

“I think that’s it for me though, I set out with a goal to do the three fights before the end of this year and I did that.”

She said that Mr Pond was fondly remembered in both the boxing and Midland community, for his sporting ethic and men’s mental  health work.

“He was such a big part of the Midland community but also a role model for lots of young men and older guys,” she said.

“He had the mindset of ‘if you can believe it you can achieve it’.

“He was such an encouragement to a lot of men, especially those separated from their children or those going through mental health difficulties.

“He was the most incredible person and to be able to honour him in this way was very meaningful and special to me.

“I kept my promise that I’d fight his fight.”

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