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Meet Virgil Barrow, Head Coach of Fight To End Cancer and Toronto’s Kingsway Boxing Club. Not only does he devote his time to 10 Charity Boxers each year, but he is busy year-round developing and running programs at the gym… not to mention being absolutely awesome. If you are interested in joining the Fight To End Cancer Fight Team you will be spending the better part of your year with Virgil. Learn More: Join The Fight!


When a fighter walks into a boxing gym with a spark of interest, as a coach you feed that spark so it becomes a flame.  You feed the flame and it becomes a fire, you feed the fire and it becomes a roaring blaze.  Fighting is 90 percent mental, 10 percent physical and all 10 courageous fighters will be 100 percent ready for their battle inside the ring.  Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Eddie Futch – who trained fighters such as Joe Frazier, Riddick Bowe and Larry Holmes, to name a few, once said:

“A trainer must understand conditioning and the art of boxing. But more important, he must know the strength and limitations, both mental and physical, of his fighter.  No matter how much effort a fighter puts in, there are some things he simply won’t be able to do.  A good trainer won’t try to teach a fighter more than he, or she, can learn.”


Check out the exclusive feature on Virgil from the Hello Project by Spencer Wynn 

Raised by his grandparents and aunts, the 12 year old Virgil finally made it to Canada four years after his mother emigrated from their home in Suriname, South America to further her education. Due to complications with a visa, Virgil had to stay four years longer.

Barrow now calls Etobicoke, on the west side of Toronto, home. His office is the padded floor of a boxing ring at the Kingsway Boxing Club. He is a head coach at the gym and though it is his work, it gives him much more satisfaction that his past information technology background.

He only just found out his great grandfather was a Samurai, so his love of the sweet science and a fighter’s disciple must flow through in the blood. In addition to Japanese, he is also a mix of African, Portuguese, Chinese and German. Barrow is a man of the world.

Barrow is a quiet man, not given to outbursts or trash talking. He coaches his students and fighters by encouragement, example and an understated power and intensity.

Virgil once had a deaf client confined to a wheelchair. He was impressed by the man’s courage and will to learn. Virgil had to change the way he taught and communicated with the student. He says the experience he says made him a much better coach.

VIRGIL FUN FACT: With his gleaming smile, Virgil says many would never know that he is actually fluent in Dutch. Not surprising given Suriname was originally colonized by the Netherlands.

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