About Alex Blanchard
Alex Blanchard works as an independent boxing trainer, coaches the corporate world such as ABN-AMRO, Baker & McKenzie, Ernst & Young and advises (top) athletes and individuals. He coaches people individually and in groups towards a more conscious and effective way of moving, acting and working together.
Perseverance, personal development and awareness are a common thread in his life and career. He also worked as a researcher, advisor, group supervisor in various sports organizations.
He was also a multiple European boxing champion for several years.
ALEX BLANCHARD and MUHAMMAD ALI
Some days you never forget in your life. For me, September 15, 1985 was such a day. And why do I want to share with you?
City: Dortmund, Germany
Opponent Manfred Jassmann
Opportunity: Defense of my European title
Jassmann had already boxed 25 matches of which he had lost only 1 against Koopmans in the 8th round, in which he gave up. Against me he gave up already in the 4th round when his corner threw in the towel.
That night my wish came true. I stood in the ring charging myself for the title fight. As the speaker announced me, suddenly the spotlights were focused on the legend who had come to watch my match; Muhammad Ali.
I told Ali face-to-face how at a young age I adored him and wrote a fan mail to Deer Lake Pennsylvania, his 1980s training camp. As young as I was, I wanted to show that like him, I also had the constellation 'ibex'. I wrote to him: 'Dear Ali, I mention you're also a Stone Goat like me (stone:stone and goat:buck). Im wondering if I'm welcome to train in your camp'. Ali's eyes started to glaze over, his grabbed my glove and smilingly said, 'get him goat!' The funniest part was that Ali made his nickname GOAT: Greatest Of All Time. What a coincidence and honor.
I had met Ali a few years earlier at the Miami Beach 5th Street Gym, where I told him I was from the country of Rudi Lubbers, who once boxed against Ali. Ali replied, 'ahhh, Rudy, send him my Regards'. He also said to me, 'make your style like Tommy Hearnst.' I told him that I used to change my name to his and followed all his matches faithfully.
The funniest thing was that Ali made his nickname GOAT: Greatest Of All Time.
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TRAIN WITH THE CHAMPION
Alex Blanchard, a former professional boxer and multiple European champion, offers a wide range of fitness and boxing training to anyone looking for an effective way to get fit. Both in private, company, and group lessons.