Catholic priest fights in a boxing tournament

On Tuesday night, Feb. 19, I will fight in the 89th annual Bengal Bouts boxing tournament put on by the University of Notre Dame’s amateur boxing club.

Three years ago, I was the first priest to fight in the tournament—and lost in a split decision in the heavyweight final.

I consider it an honour to participate again (under the boxing nickname “Priest Mode”), but I am also aware that many people object to anyone, much less a Catholic priest, engaging in what they see as recreational violence. Read more

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