PHIL McDonald's fight to support and raise awareness for the Stroke Foundation will not end with his successful world record.
The Mollymook resident, inspired by his dad Jim who sadly died of a stroke last year, took on amateur and professional boxers across a series of 151 three-minute rounds to set a new world record and support the Stroke Foundation.
He knocked out the record on Saturday at the Dunn and Lewis Centre.
The old record stood at 142 rounds.
Now he will be helping out the Stroke Foundation in another way.
"The Stroke Foundation has made me an ambassador and I will be going up to NSW Parliament in June to help get ongoing funding," he said.
"I am immensely proud to be part of that team."
When the Ulladulla Times spoke to Phil the day after his world record he pretty much shrugged off the mammoth feat.
He wanted to share his success with others.
"You don't Mt Everest by yourself and on Saturday I climbed Mt Everest," he said.
Phil wanted to thank his family, his trainers, the people who got in the ring with him and many many others for supporting his climb up this mountain.
Special thanks went to Paul Nasari and Neutral Corner Fight Promotions for helping to get the event "off the ground" .
You don't take part in such an event and not see or experience some special things.
One of the most touching came in the 150 and 151 rounds.
Tommy Browne got in the ring with Phil for the 150 round. Tommy's brother David 'Davey' Browne died from injuries he sustained in a fight in 2015.
Tommy, also a boxer, got in the ring to remember his brother, who was known as Dynamite Davey.
Tommy's four-year-old son Davey [named after his uncle] got in the ring with Phil for the 151 round.
Phil said the people covered the outside of the ring taking photos when young Davey entered the ring.
"I felt so good I could have done 200 rounds," Phil added.
Phil did have to stay alert at all times.
Some of the boxers due to their training and techniques can still throw a good punch even during non-competition bouts.
The 60-year-old record-breaker saw a few stars, got winded and took a few decent hits to the ribs, but he came back for more.
You simply just can't go home, grab a Chinese meal and go to bed at 9pm, which Phil did, without being acknowledged in some way
"Before I left the venue, Paul Nasari called me to centre ring during a break in the amateur fights which came on afterwards, to present me with a belt on behalf of the Australian National Boxing Federation to recognise my efforts in achieving the record," Phil said
"The two gentlemen responsible for arranging this kind and generous award were John McDougall and Charlie Lucas."
Phil now intends to spend more time with his family doing simple but meaningful things.
Somehow we get the impression that is not the last time we will see Phil McDonald - you just can't keep a champion down.
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