|Issue No 27||20 August 1999|
A Union Fighter
Rick Timperi wants to do what no other boxer has ever done -- fight at three Olympics.
But before he gets to the Sydney 2000, Rick has a tough year of fighting ahead of him.
"I've got to win the State title in October, Australian title in November and the Oceania Games in April," he says.
Rick says the hard men of Tonga and Samoa are going to be tough to beat.
"But I'm pretty hard myself. I'm not a real technical boxer - but I get the job done."
Rick's record includes, sixth in Atlanta in 1996, a gold in the Oceania Games and a previous world top 10 ranking.
Training twice a day, six-days-a-week is not easy, but getting to the Olympics will make it all worthwhile.
"When you walk out for the opening ceremony the atmosphere in the stadium is unbelievable. There's nothing else like it," he says.
Rick's 32 and is on cloud nine after the age limit for Olympic boxers was lifted.
"They've increased it from 32 to 34. It's an omen. It's got to be my year," he says.
Rick's a stonemason by trade and reckons he's an old-fashioned-sort-of-bloke. He likes to buy flowers for women and take them out somewhere nice for dinner.
But he also believes the strong should look after the weak, the young and the old.
"It's a bit like being in a union -- sharing and looking out for each other."
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