Fist of fire sparks a flame


Boxing team fights in Oak Ridge

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Anthony Cloud|Daily News Coach Owen Beck, left, trains Greg Chavies on the boxing mitts during a session. Chavies had to withdraw from the event due to personal issues, according to Beck.


The Fist of Fire boxing team traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee on Saturday to participate in an event.

“I think our team performed excellent,” said coach Owen Beck. “Right now, we are a threat to any team. I was getting calls from everybody saying we came to win.”

Two of the six fighters who participated walked away with victories. Steven Adam Smith and Clayton Eagle won their bouts. The remaining four boxers — J-Quan Rayford, Eddie Gilbert, Thomas King and Cole Eagle — fell short.

According to Beck, each fighter fought hard. He said the fighters that lost still dominated their fights. The trainer said there were some issues with some of the fighters’ books as well.

Rayford walked away as the fighter of the night. Hailey Eagle and Greg Chavies were both scheduled to participate in the event but did not. Hailey’s opponent withdrew from the event at the last minute, and Chavies had to withdraw for personal reasons.

Beck said the fighters made strides since their last outing in the ring. He said the fighters worked harder and trained twice a day leading up to the event.

“Their cardio, work attitude, discipline level and mindset were better,” said Beck. “They were a lot more mentally and physically prepared for this fight.”

Beck said fighters will increase their training on Wednesday in preparation for the next event on Aug. 15. The event will take place in Lexington.

“It’s going to be a good one,” said Beck. “These guys will be ready again on Aug. 15, and I’m going to make sure every time they step in there they are ready. This time, I guarantee you that we will start picking up more wins.”

All eight fighters will participate in the Lexington event.

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Anthony Cloud|Daily News Coach Owen Beck, left, trains Greg Chavies on the boxing mitts during a session. Chavies had to withdraw from the event due to personal issues, according to Beck.
http://middlesborodailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Owen-Beck-Greg-Chavies1.jpgAnthony Cloud|Daily News Coach Owen Beck, left, trains Greg Chavies on the boxing mitts during a session. Chavies had to withdraw from the event due to personal issues, according to Beck.
Boxing team fights in Oak Ridge

By Anthony Cloud

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