Jack inspired to punch higher by brave mum’s battle
Jack Clifford was only two years old when his mum lost her fight with cancer . . . but he knows she’s in his corner whenever he fights.
Clifford, 28, didn’t know his mother, but is sure she’d be pretty proud of him, just like his dad Steve and older brother Tom.
The Cliffords moved from Perth to Geraldton when Jennifer Clifford (nee Maslen) developed breast cancer. Mrs Clifford was originally from Moonyoonooka and wanted to be near her family during her battle.
“Sadly, mum didn’t make it,” Jack Clifford said. “I was too young to remember her, but obviously dad has told me plenty and I’ve got some treasured photographs.”
Boxing is a passion of the 28-year-old . . . and how he keeps fit and releases whatever tensions he has. And when he’s not training or preparing for fights, he coaches youngsters.
Clifford left the ring at his most recent scrap with a bloodied cut above his left eye which required five stitches.
More importantly, he beat old sparring partner Taylor Coffin in the welterweight contest for senior elite men at the WA Regional championships in Geraldton.
“It was good, but the cut will take a while to heal,” Clifford said.
“It has put me out of the WA Novice titles which started on Saturday and are on over the next couple of weeks. We have an exhibition day early next year and I’ll do much in the gym and be ready to resume fighting in February/March.
“Dad dropped me at the (Geraldton) PCYC when I was 12 or 13 and I’ve been boxing since then.
“I loved it, I wasn’t too crack hot at team sports and found this was something I could do.”
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