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hey sir i used to box when i was 12 in California but now im in Canada. i also have trained with superstar zab Judah once, met with other pro;s, im 17 now and im starting to box again. i switched over to football/basketball in the past recent years. i am in shape, have low body fat, and the desire to do anything to succeed, and i mean ANYTHING, i will even give up sleep and food for that. i was wondering if i keep training and boxing can i be a pro fighter, it was my dream to do that. i will do anything to be in that position.

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Jake,

At 17 you have plenty of time to train and see what happens. Once you turn "open" amateur, (if your not already) I suggest getting at least 50 fights and then re-evaluate at that time. Experience is extremely important before turning pro. If you don't get a fair amount of open fights as amateur, the big dogs in the pros won't even look at you.
Your goal should be to make it to a national level tournament. If you could make it to a semi final or even final would be great. This will increase your stock before going pro.

Get a good trainer and give it a shot. But don't throw all your eggs into one basket. Pro boxing success is a longshot, have another profession or solid education to keep your career going in the right direction.

Good Luck

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I can answer any questions related to boxing and training. I can help anyone prepare for professional or amateur bouts. My trainer/boss of 30 years is in the Golden Gloves Hall of Fame and was either the trainer or special adviser to the former heavyweight champion of the world Big John Tate, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Taylor, Billy Bridges, Frankie Randall just to name a few. He was also the President of the National Golden Gloves.

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I have been in the sport of boxing since 1984. I started as a boxer and advanced quickly. I was lucky enough to have some of the best sparring in the country with 3 top ten pros in my very gym. I am fortunate enough to live near one of the better boxing programs in the country. We have cultivated our facility into the largest Amateur Boxing Gym in the country. In the mid 90's I became a trainer for Golden Gloves. I train amateur and pro fighters. I have worked in many corners at USA and Golden Glove tournaments. I have worked corners in pro bouts on HBO and ESPN cards. My friend, boss and coach is the former President of Golden Gloves and I trained under his tutelage.

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I am a certified Golden Gloves/USA Boxing Coach. I am also a licensed to work pro bouts in several states. I head coach of the Southern Golden Gloves National Team.

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College, Pro Licenses, USA Boxing Certified, Certified Judge/Referee, Certified Fitness Trainer

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