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TSU Boxing Club champion trains for upcoming boxing match

Written by on August 18, 2021

Brandon Blackwell trains with his father Lawrence Blackwell.

By: Karina Hollingsworth

Brandon Blackwell went from dribbling to throwing right hooks.

Since Brandon was little, he always dreamed of being a professional basketball player.

When basketball didn’t work out Brandon found boxing to be his ultimate calling.

“I always told myself if I didn’t make it playing basketball that I would box,” Brandon Blackwell said. “I have always loved boxing, and I didn’t know I would be so good at it.”

This past July the two-time Golden Glove champion competed in the 2021 USA National Junior Olympics & Summer Boxing Festival in Lubbock, Tx.

Although Brandon didn’t win nationals his father and coach Lawrence Blackwell believes nationals is what made Brandon get serious about boxing.

“He comes to the gym with a new sense of urgency and burning fire to be the best,” Lawrence Blackwell said. “I see Brandon going as far as he wants to go. He has the size, the skill, and the dad who is his coach giving him the proper guidance.”

Brandon trains five times a week to perfect his craft and to keep himself safe.

“Boxing is a dangerous sport and if I’m not ready then I can potentially get injured.” Brandon Blackwell said.

The heavyweight boxer believes his size and training gives him an advantage over his opponents.

“I’m tall and long, and that causes problems for my opponents because most of them are short and stocky.” Brandon Blackwell said. “Not only that my movement is pretty good.”

Brandon’s message to his opponents is short, yet direct.

“I’m next so sleep on me if you want to. “Brandon Blackwell said.

Brandon’s next fight will take place this upcoming Saturday at the Heroes Back to School Bash.

The doors open at 5 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at