ABOUT JAMES MACDONALD
I have a 2-year old little girl, Chloe MacDonald, with my partner, Shanice.
I am from a little country town in NSW called Guyra. I am truly blessed to have such supportive and hard-working parents. I learnt the value of hard work from my dad. Mum is a quiet and beautiful human this is why I believe I’m not a loud person.
At the age of 18 I started boxing, I know what boxing has done for me and I want to share it with others. The other side of boxing I also love to help people. In my spare time I work with the AMAYDA Bullying Prevention Programs, where I mentor children to become more resilient, build courage, learn respect and integrity. Also, while learning self-defence.
Why I started my gym?
I started this gym out of my love for boxing and to support my family. I want to show Chloe that doing what you love and working hard, can pay off if you take the right risks.
Ultimately, I want to help people become the best version of themselves and to help achieve their fitness goals. While also learning the art of boxing.
For me boxing is about continual learning and development. Boxing can take you anywhere and give you things no one can take from you. But it takes work and a strong desire to learn. You will be humbled along the way and there will be some tough lessons but it will all be worth it.
MY BOXING CAREER SO FAR...
Amateur Boxing Experience
As an amateur I won a Gold medal at National League Title, a Silver medal at National League Titles and multiple NSW State League Champion and attended AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) boxing camps. After just under 20 fights as an amateur I turned professional in 2014. During my amateur fighting and early on in my professional career I was fortune enough to train with Roy Jones Jr. I have also sparred with Olympians such as Cameron Hammond, attended AIS training camps and have mixed it with top Aussie boxers.
Professional Boxing Experience
Eventually I moved to Brisbane to further my learning. This got me in a position to fight and win a QLD super feather weight State title in 2017. My boxing has taken me around Australia and the world, I have fought for a WBO World Youth title in Beijing China.
Getting ready for that fight I’ve sparred the likes of Liam Wilson, Jeff “The Hornet” Horn, Justin “Iceman” Frost and many more. One thing led to another and I found myself in the “Hornet’s” gym. Sparring the “Hornet” was tough but very good learning experience. To see how world champions train always fascinates me.
As a fighter I aim to always work harder than the person next to me, I believe my work ethic is what makes difference between my opponent and I. It pays to watch and listen. Keep quiet and take in what others better then you would say. I believe being a quiet person has its advantages. I would spend more time listening and learning than talking.
In 2018, I also got the opportunity to go to the Philippines and train with IBF World Champion Jerwin Ancajas. His gym was an outdoor gym with 2 bags and a second hand ring. I realised it’s not the gym that makes the world champion it is the individual and the team.
After 16 professional fights, I decided to take a year’s break to focus on my little family and build my business.
Look out 2021, someone might be stepping back into the ring….