Fr Dave, 50, boxed 120 rounds (3min a round with 1min rest in between) last Sunday April 1 which officially eclipsed the former world records of 25 rounds, as well as the unofficial record of 111 rounds in the USA.
Among those who helped set Fr Dave set a new Guiness record was journalist Jimmy Pimentel who is also the convenor of the Filipino Press Group of Sydney, a loosely formed association of journalists, bloggers, broadcasters, cartoonists, publishers, and editors. Jimmy refereed during the world record setting event.
Fr Dave took on all comers including world super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine, heavyweight Solomon Houmono, light-heavyweight Nader Hamdan, and world contenders Lovemore Ndou and Sol Egribine.
The boxing rounds started at 12 noon and finished at 8pm.
Jimmy had boxed with Fr Dave in previous box-a-thons to raise funds for the youth drop-in centre which Father Dave runs in Dulwich Hill. This time he refereed the first two rounds, the final three rounds, and 40 rounds in between.
Belying his age of 70+ years, Jimmy kept up with the pace of the rounds he refereed and had gained the honour of refereeing the final three rounds of the new world record.
Three other referees from the Boxing Australia federation took part in the event. Jimmy refereed based on his credentials as a former referee of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines.
Fr Dave might have danced like a butterfly as did Muhammad Ali, but Jimmy did some fancy footwork too.