Boxing fireman gunning for gold

PUBLISHED: 15:18 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 10 June 2010

FIGHTING fireman Matt Mason heads off to Liverpool next week, to compete in the charity-fundraising World Firefighter Games.

FIGHTING fireman Matt Mason heads off to Liverpool next week, to compete in the charity-fundraising World Firefighter Games.

The 10th World Firefighter Game runs from August 24 to September 2 and is organised by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - and sees 60 sporting events attracting 5000 competitors from Africa, Middle East, America, Europe and Asia.

Matt, from North Street, Exmouth, works at a the Clyst St George fire station and is coach at Lympstone Amateur Boxing Club, and is the only Devon firefighter to compete in the boxing tournament.

Now 32, Matt started his boxing career 15-years ago, and is a veteran of 40 bouts - and says he is looking forward to the competition, which will be over four two-minute rounds:

"I'll be competing at 75kg, which is middleweight - I last boxed at Heavyweight. I'm really looking forward to it.

"I'll be boxing people from Spain and the US. Although I haven't boxed for 18 months because of my coaching I've been keeping in shape."

The Games are self-financing with any surplus being reinvested in local charities.

A report of how Matt fares and the rest of the Exmouth Team will be featured in next week's Journal.

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