When we showed up to the United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association National Championship, we learned that Tyler's opponents did not show up. He was told that he would win his weight class by forfeit and could accept his belt Sunday. With ten minutes left in registration, Tyler walked away from the check in table and started chugging water.
He didn't want to win by forfeit. He wanted to fight for his belt. Tyler knew that if he could gain enough weight in water to move up a weight class, he could earn his victory.
He made it.
And on March 18th, he won the 2018 141 pound Intercollegiate Boxing National Championship.
Tyler is a young man who has earned his success through hard work his entire life. He plans to keep it that way.
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Tyler was not our most naturally gifted boxer, but he was the most dedicated. We could count on him to be the first in and last out.
He worked hard in and out of the ring. Tyler was the first of our boxers to earn his gloves. He was also honored with a school fleece for achieving 2 years of ACT growth in a single school year.
Tyler took it upon himself to show new boxers the ropes-- building them into proficient boxers and leaders.
Cannon and Tyler have built an understanding. They can complete 2-hour training session without words.
Due to his commitment to building peace in his school as a peer mediator, Tyler was selected by The Peace Exchange to travel to South Africa and learn tactics to build peace.
The Bloc started as an after school program, but Tyler's passion for boxing was so strong, we began offering training over the summer.
In the ring, Tyler has built a reputation for his fighting intensity and stamina. Though his first stint in the Golden Gloves ended in a loss, Tyler came back determined to win.
In 2017, Tyler achieved his goal of becoming Chicago Golden Gloves Champion-- fighting through stiff competition to claim title of best young boxer in the city.
Posing with the trophy after winning the Chicago Golden Gloves Championship!