Junior Olympic Boxing Update
“I have watched the way Zach [Walters] has brought Jesse and Evan through the tournament and I couldn’t be more impressed. The future of boxing in Duluth looks good and these two boxers are proof of that.” – Chuck Horton
To get Jesse Walters and Evan Wrazidlo ready to compete at the national level they have been going through a rigorous training camp. The highest level of competition in boxing is the advancing tournaments. For 15 and 16 year old kids the Junior Olympics is a cream of the crop. To win the nationals they may have to fight 5 days in a row. This is all determined by how many boxers are entered in their weight brackets. Training camp has been the same, but different for both boxers.
The similarities have come in with both boxers first establishing a base of strength and conditioning. Jesse and Even need to be in such good shape that the idea of running out of energy in a match is an afterthought. They need to be able to bring whatever tempo necessary to match and overcome their opponents. The following steps were to bring out their agility, hand speed, punch accuracy, and punching power. Jesse and Evan have very different boxing styles and each have different things going on in life outside the gym. This is where the differences come in.
For Jesse Walters, he has had to wake up at 5:50 AM four days a week to train in the mornings with Zach Walters. Why? Shortly after winning the JO State Championship Jesse started Driver’s Ed after school which took place during the same hours as regular training at the gym. Jesse made the adjustments and stuck to his boxing goals. He finished Driver’s Ed and has returned to regular 4-6 training. The results have shown as Jesse has taken his boxing game to the next level. We have now started the sparring part of training camp and he looks better than he’s ever been.
Evan was able to keep the 4-6 Gym hours. The focus for him has been polishing up his footwork and positioning. Throughout the year we have focused on bringing out Evan’s strengths. Adding the defensive angles makes him more elusive before and after he punches. ‘If your opponent can’t hit you he can’t beat you’ has been the analogy. Evan is not afraid to mix it up in slug fest, but to compete at the highest level he will need to keep those urges in check. Back to back days of competition make it very important to come out of a fight without injury.
“I have watched the way Zach [Walters] has brought Jesse and Evan through the tournament and I couldn’t be more impressed.” said Chuck Horton. “The future of boxing in Duluth looks good and these two boxers are proof of that.”