Our amateur boxing team has more members than any of the 16 other boxing teams that are affiliated with USA Boxing in the Potomac Valley Region. USA Boxing is the national organization that sponsors local, regional and national amateur boxing events in the United States leading all the way to the Olympics.
This past winter Brient Rodriguez, one of our team members, competed in the local Golden Gloves boxing tournament. Brient made it to the finals and then lost a split decision to his opponent. His opponent went on to Las Vegas and won the National Golden Gloves Tournament in the Super Bantam weight (122 lb.) division.
Like most of his teammates, Brient is local and graduated from Walter Johnson High School in 2016. While at WJ, Brient did not participate in any sports, yet he always had an interest in boxing. In 2013 a neighbor told Brient about Champion’s and an excited Brient joined and began boxing. Since joining, Brient has become a fixture at the gym and is now a part-time employee, helping with our youth (8 – 12-year-olds) boxing program.
When asked about his experience at Champion’s, Brient says he has made many great friends and he was pleasantly surprised when he first joined and he found that all of his teammates were friendly, encouraging and anxious to share their knowledge and experience. From his experience boxing, Brient says,” I have learned to never give up, no matter how hard life gets”. Brient encourages everyone that is just a little curious about boxing to get over their anxiety and come check out Champion Boxing & Fitness.
Here is what Coach Bruce has to say about Brient:
“Brient is a special young man. He started boxing with me at the program here and has become not only a great fighter but a mentor, leader, and coach to many of the younger athletes coming thru the program. As a boxer Brient has developed so well, I recently made him a training partner and fight-camp member of one of our professionals, IBO International Champion Alexandru Marin. Brient and two another young men we have here, Stephon Jordan and Christian Hamilton, represent exactly what this program is about. These are young men of high character. They are kind, respectful, gracious, goal oriented and responsible young men using boxing to elevate themselves and those around them. As a coach, it is rewarding to see this in so many of the men and women that come through our program. It is hard not to love all these kids”.