Help Jungle Team go to 2016 RWC

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Raised by 18 people in 28 months
Coming up in a couple short weeks is the 2016 Ringside World Championships. We will leave early on July 25 so we need help!

Evan Wrazidlo, Jesse Walters, and Simon Walters will be entering the tournament to make their first charge at being a world champion. It’s a big deal to have boxers in Duluth with credentials worthy of making their mark at this level. All three of three boxers have competed at the national level so they know what their getting into. Having a team like this has been something I have been looking forward to since I started coaching. It’s been 5 short years since Chuck Horton passed the gym over to me and we've already been seeing some good results. Chuck Horton is happy to see the success of Jungle Boy Boxing Gym and sees each of these boxers worthy of participating in the Ringside World Championships 

The tournament takes place in Independence, MO at the Silverstein Eye Center Arena. This tournament is one of the biggest around. There will be 6 rings of boxing going on at the same time and there are over 1,500 athlete entries from all over the world.

Here’s a bit about the team we are bringing down:

The boxers heading down to the Ringside World Championships are not just good boxers, they are also good kids that, good students, and are growing into young leaders. They stay out of trouble and have learned to apply lessons learned through boxing to their lives outside of the ring. They encompass the mission statement of the Jungle Boy Boxing Gym. They have used the Art of Boxing to better their lives and live healthy. Our goal is to keep these kids motivated in the sport by providing them with new challenges to overcome. These kids have become national caliber boxers and in doing so they have earned the opportunity to enter tournaments like the Ringside World Championships.

Jesse Walters will enter the 119lbs Junior Open Division for 15 and 16 year old boxers. This is Jesse’s 4thyear of boxing and he’s been competing steadily in tournaments and club shows around the region. Like Evan, Jesse has twice boxed his way to the national level through advancing tournaments. Jesse has 34 fight of experience and has continued to improve every year. He was one of the first to sign up for the Tomorrow’s Champions competition team and enjoys pushing himself with increased levels of competition.

Evan Wrazidlo will be boxing in the 145lbs Junior Open Division which is for 15 and 16 year old boxers. Evan boxed for a couple years when he was 8 years old at Horton’s Gym and then took a break from the sport. He came back at 14 years old and has kept busy ever since. Right now Evan has boxed 23 time since his return and within those fights boxed his way through to the national level twice in advancing tournaments. He is part of the Tomorrow’s Champions competition team and has competed with some of the best competition around. 

Simon Walters will be entering in the 95lbs Intermediate Novice Division which is for 13 and 14 year old boxers. Simon is in the novice division because he only has 10 fights under his belt, but don’t let that fool you. Simon is a fierce competitor and has 3 years of experience in the sport. Simon boxed his way to the 2016 Silver Gloves nationals and was the 2016 MN Jr Olympic Champion. To have these credentials with less than 10 fights is impressive. Simon is on the Tomorrow’s Champions competition team as well.

These boxers have the skills to win their divisions and they are working hard every day to fulfill their potential. Our next task is to bridge the financial gap to get them to the tournament. The gym runs on a shoe string budget and the summer time gets real tight to keep the gym afloat. Getting Evan, Jesse, and Simon to the Ringside World Championships is beyond what the gym can afford to pay for so we need your help. The boxers are doing what they can to raise money to cover as much of trip as possible. If we all work together we can help these kids on their way.

The cost breakdown is below. We are running the trip lean as possible to make it possible to go.

 Entry Fee: $120 (40 per boxer)

Gas: $400 estimated (588 miles x 2 + tournament commute)

Hotel: 25th - 30th x 2 rooms = $1020

Food for the team: $500 estimated ($100/day for boxers and coaches)

Total:                $2040
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2016 Ringside World Championships Recap:

"We don't loose... We either win or we learn." ...

I read that quote on the back of a coach's t-shirt and I couldn't agree more. To survive in the arena of competition a boxer needs learn regardless of the outcome. In the process of gaining valuable experience they will always come out winners.

Devin boxed today in the finals and put in a solid attempt at the title. His opponent, Cross Beaulieo, had quite a bit of national caliber experience and natural size, but that didn't deter Devin from applying his game plan and giving a worthy challenge. In the end the decision went the other way. Good fight though!

As for the other boxers, each of them had good take aways as well. Jesse and Simon both boxed their way to the semifinals and lost fights to the eventual champions. Jesse won two fights in a to get there and Simon won his first fight. It was great experience for them to get experience boxing two or more days in a row. This experience will help them greatly in the future as they continue to participate in tournament boxing.

Evan didn't get past the first round of the tournament, but trained every day he was put here. His biggest take away is that he just needs to do a little extra in the daily training. This he's boxed three times at the national level. It's a big stride in his overall development and he continues yogurt better every time he competes.

As coaches, Coach Bocko and I learned a great deal as well. We worked great as a coaching team during the tournament. Seeing the success of our young boxing team at the national level was validating. We learned more about how to guide our boxers through their fights and keep them mentally ready to compete.

This has been a big week for the Tomorrow's Champions Team. The kids are definitely taking steps toward becoming champion caliber boxers. The title of being a champion is a reflection of continued perseverance outside the ring. It a way of life. These kids a learning "the way of the champion."

Thanks for the support over the year!
Team Pucture after the tournament
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Hey guys, thanks again for helping us fund our trip down to The 2016 Ringside World Championships. We have two boxers advicing to the quarterfinals today and one in the finals this Saturday.

We didn't hit our target finding amount, but it was yenough to get down here. We've been pinching pennies to keep things going and so far so good, but it's been worth it! The boxers are getting a lot out of the trip.

Any additional help is welcome so if you know anyone who would be interested in helping us out it would be greatly appreciated!
Here's a photo of those that boxed yesterday. It was after Jesse and Simon scored big wins to advance in the tournament.
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Hey guys, we are about a 1/3 of the way complete with raising money for our trip. We have a few days to go till we leave so please share this with your friends and family to make the trip possible!

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I just go this posted to start today. Thanks for taking the time to support these guys on their trip!
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Raised by 18 people in 28 months
Created July 11, 2016
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28 months ago

So proud of my nephew, Zach and his boxers. great examples for young people today..Good luck, Boys!

Stephanie Jago
28 months ago

Go Jungle Boy Boxers!!!

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