Glove to glove at Iron First

Ryno Brown with Whayne Stopforth. Photo: Sonwabile Antonie


Iron Fist is a boxing club based in the Roodepoort Recreational Centre, and is headed by coach Ryno Brown. The club has been open for two months and has already recruited some talented youth from the community.

Ryno is experienced in the ring, having been a boxer for 18 years before deciding to pursue a career in coaching. Ryno started boxing at a very young age and enjoys the physical contact and learning self-defence.

“Commitment, diligence and self-discipline are aspects that can also be learned from boxing, and that’s what I have gained from it. I’ve been part of boxing for so long and I have so much knowledge that I want to impart to others. This is a way of giving back to the community,” he said.

One of the reasons Ryno stopped boxing was because he could not find any competition in his weight category.

“My weight category is 75kg and at the time I was a senior. At the age of 34, there are not many boxers who are still active and that is something I want to change. I want to recruit more active boxers in all age categories.”

One of Ryno’s goals is to train boxers who have a love and passion for the sport as well as those who have an interest in it.

“Many people think it’s about the money but it’s all about heart. If one has a passion for the sport then that’s all there is to it.

It’s been great coaching and I want to continue getting more people to love the sport. I want to pass on everything I know about boxing to others. It’s always great coaching someone who has the love but is still green and helping them step by step. It takes hard work but I love it,” he said.

Ryno Brown with Stephan Venter. Photo: Sonwabile Antonie.

The coach also wants to assure the community that those who are interested will not be forced to compete in matches if they do not want to.

“We want to grow in the community and when people come here, I want them to know that there will be a coach who respects them and won’t let them get hurt in the ring. I will not rush those I coach to get into the ring and fight when they are not ready. What is important is to cultivate a love for the sport and not fear,” said Ryno.

Training is on Monday and Wednesday from 6pm. For more information, contact Ryno on 084 261 9586.

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