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Termite Watkins

Iraqi Olympic Boxing Team Trainer; Motivator and Workplace Safety Speaker
FEE RANGE: $10,000–$15,000 [FEE NOTE]
TRAVELS FROM: Texas
Maurice "Termite" Watkins is a retired professional boxer who fought on the undercard bout of the Muhammad Ali-Larry Holmes fight. His past experiences as a youth at his parents pesticide business, led him to leave his family behind and head to Iraq and kill pests in an effort to aid the United States military. Word quickly spread of his background as a professional boxer and he was approached to train the Iraqi boxing team for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Building a team in the middle of a war brought tremendous obstacles, but Watkins found a way to make the impossible happen. In his presentations, Watkins takes audiences through his experiences and perseverance to reach his goal and qualifying one Olympian Iraqi. His inspirational story, aptly named Termite, authored by Suzy Pepper, will provide the basis for a movie, They Call Me Termite, produced by Fred Kuehnert.

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