Meet Rod Douglas: Wheelchair To Walking For Ex-Pro Boxer Rod Douglas has been at the highest levels in boxing. A British 1986 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, he says the experience was second to none.
Rod says: "Competing in the Olympics was incredible. I was only fighting for a medal, but everyone there made it a fantastic atmosphere. I'll never forget it."
"It was amazing representing my country and since then, mostly when I'm in shops in Bow, I'm recognised and treated like a God which is really humbling," says Rod.
Albeit, one of Rod's most challenging times came just last year. Experiencing a lifethreatening brain injury in 1989 shortly after a British title fight loss to follow boxing legend Herol Graham, remnants of Rod's mixed health resurfaced in May 2017 when he had a stroke.
Also appearing at the 1984 Olympic Games quarter-finals beaten by Canadian fighter, Shawn O'Sullivan in Los Angeles, Rushed to hospital, Rod says he would 'have been dead' had his Rod has certainly experienced close friend Svetlana not quickly the highs boxing can offer.
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