Deondre Walker didn’t mince phrases when describing what he wants out of his boxing career.
“I plan on making a name for myself, just pushing myself to the restrict and see how far I can move,” he said. “I need to reach my complete capacity.”
The Laney graduate will compete in the Southern Golden Gloves regionals, which begin Thursday in Knoxville, Tenn. Walker earned a spot inside the event after defeating Andres Leon through unanimous choice in the Georgia Golden Gloves in March.
“It’s special for us. A lot of human beings don’t get an possibility to go there,” he said. “It feels real exact as it’s my first one.”
Walker is a staple within the Augusta Boxing Club fitness center, working accessible for the reason that he was younger. He grew up in the Magnolia Park Apartments and his mother walked him to the gym each day.
“My momma manner the arena to me. She’s my first lady,” he said. “She is proper there each step of the way, being supportive through every combat. Even if she couldn’t make it, I still experience her proper subsequent to me screaming my name. I’m just surely thankful. I love that female to dying, guy, and I’d do anything for her.”
Because of agencies just like the Augusta Boxing Club, boxing in Augusta continues to be developing. The overdue Vernon Forrest, former Olympic medalist and two-division world champion, educated there. In latest years, more younger boxers from Augusta have been making names for themselves.
Last year, former member and contemporary seasoned Justin DeLoach again domestic for an occasion at Paine College’s HEAL Complex, defeating Michael Odhiambo inside the main occasion.
Walker should thoroughly be the following Augusta boxer to interrupt out.
But this could be the stiffest opposition he’s confronted thus far.
“I’ve got to fight my heart out and provide all I’ve got to win,” he stated. “When I’m within the ring, being a thinking individual, my mind-set isn’t always most effective approximately winning, however how I’m going to win. I’ll take a look at you and feel you out, but if I feel like I’m going to overcome you, I’ll go beforehand and take you out.”