Saturday, October 8, 2011

PAUL "P-Mac" MACKENZIE BOXING STORY

THE P-MAC BOXING JOURNEY:  by Brian Zelley



Introduction
One of our fine young amateur boxers from the Province of Alberta
is expected to make his professional debut in December 2011. 
Before the pro debut, PAUL "P-Mac" MACKENZIE had an
interesting amateur journey with multi-Provincial titles and 
activity in many bouts from local club shows to National 
competition.  This story is about Paul's first journey in
amateur boxing and continues with  the next journey
of his pro debut.

THE CROSSROADS - TURNING PRO
All senior open boxers reach the crossroads when they must make
an important decision and select one of three positions.  Remain
an amateur boxer, turn to professional boxing or retire from active
competition.  For PAUL MACKENZIE, he has arrived at the
crossroads of his amateur boxing journey, and the decision was
made official in a story by Murray Greig titled:
"P-Mac eyes pro career".  The announcement appeared in the
"Edmonton Sun", October 7, 2011.

One of the quotes by P-Mac in the article tells us a lot:
"After seven years of amateur boxing wars
I'm at the right age, the right maturity level.
And, of course, I'm excited by the crowd.  I've
dreamed about it.  I love the crowd." - Paul MacKenzie


He will be trained by John Mendonca at the Sheldon
Hinton's "Beverley Bronx Gym" along with boxer
Adam Trupish and is expected to make his pro debut on
the KO's boxing card on December 9th.

P-MAC'S AMATEUR BOXING JOURNEY


It all began in Edmonton's COUGAR BOXING CLUB.
One of the first important individuals in his boxing journey
was the late LARRY  FLEMING who served as a coach and
motivator for P-Mac's positive journey along the amateur
path.  Paul will always remember Larry and in his own words
says:

"I owe a lot to Larry  Fleming and will never 
forget him or the Cougar Boxing Club."


2009 International Event
Great Britain vs Western Canada
Doug's Place Challenge, Edmonton
October 2, 2009.


As documented by BOXING ALBERTA,  P-Mac
was named Best Boxer in the all-star event:
Over the years, Paul would engage in many boxing shows/
In the 2010/2011 season, he was Alberta Provincial champion
 and engaged in the Senior Open National Boxing Championship.

Golden Memories from the Boxing Treasure Chest:


A number of boxers, coaches and others have
said some positive comments about Paul:
      
Prince George, BC boxer Marcus Hume:


Also, Paul has been a great supporter of amateur boxing in Canada
and has issued praise to many other boxers such as Calgary's
ALEX TORRES RYNN, senior national champion and 2011 A-team.





THE PERSONAL GOLDEN MEMORIES with more in the future:
.No story is complete until the final bell rings and the bright lights
fade to black.  This story has just touched on some of the steps in
the journey, as time flashes by there will be many more to add to
the treasure chest of Paul's Golden Memories.  But, only Paul can
outline the memories and fill his treasure chest of boxing memories:

A FEW OF THE MANY GOLDEN MOMENTS WITH SILVER LININGS:

LAS VEGAS WITH EYES WIDE OPEN:
Prior to the pro announcement, Paul took time to visit
the Floyd Mayweather Gym to meet various boxers and
trainers in the sport of professional boxing.


           Paul MacKenzie and boxing champion Zab Judah


BEYOND THE BRIGHT LIGHTS AND THE ROAR OF THE CROWD
Beyond bright lights and the glow of the boxing ring, Paul is very
active in fund raising efforts for a worthy cause or stepping up
to the plate to score a home run for some boxing promotion
be it an event or a cause.


FUTURE DAYS and the PRO JOURNEY


There can be no predictions as to how long
the journey will be or where it will take P-Mac.
Beyond the twist and turns in the road, from
December 2011 and into future years all we 
can hope for is that Paul has "The time of his life
with many positive experiences and a treasure chest
full of magic and golden moments to remember."


VOICES FROM THE HEART - ROUND ONE:
.As one moves forward along a new path, there is a time
to look back and remember how one got to the opening
bell of another round.  For P-MAC, a few of his thoughts
as he stands by for the opening bell to ring and the bright
lights to shine on his every move as he slowly moves from
the ring corner to the center of the ring to shake hands
and come out fighting.




P-MAC "THE WARRIOR"
                        ( photo from the Paul MacKenzie collection -  the fights) 


P-MAC and FRIENDS -  ALL THE SMILING FACES - TREASURED  MOMENTS




COACHES CORNER - A John Mendonca Moment of P-Mac:
(No story of a boxer is complete without a few comments from the coaches' corner)


"...we fought the British Army, Paul was just a boy fighting a man, and I was worried
about the power difference.  So, I told Paul to fight cautious.  He tells me with confidence
'I GOT THIS COACH', and sure enough he had this."


A NEW JOURNEY BEGINS WITH PRO DEBUT
                        (a "P-Mac"  creation)


SUPPORT AT HOME WHILE THE HOME FIRES BURN


Throughout the month of October, there has been a steady
wave of support for Paul during the training stage of this
important journey.  Not only past and present club mates
but former and active pros such as  ALAN FORD,
 SCOTTY OLSON and ADAM TRUPISH. 
 Both Scotty and Adam are Olympic boxers,
 and Scotty was a former IBO world champion.
Adam is an active pro boxer that began following
his participation in the 2008 Olympic Games.
Alan Ford was also a skilled amateur and pro
boxer that made it to the top rankings in the
lightweight division.


THE FIRE and THE ICE
(b z comment - It is hoped that following his last day of training,
he will bring into the fight, the perfect blend of "Fire and Ice"
The FIRE to be the DESIRE and DETERMINATION 
and the HOT FLASHING FISTS, the ICE will be his
patience and thought process with a cool mind and 
the right amount of ice in his veins to strike when
the opportunity arises.)


Adam Trupish speaks about the P0Mac journey




                             (thoughts from Jamie Yablonski)




The Here and Now *** March 2014
Paul has now retired from boxing competition.
but he still is involved in giving back.

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