Fighters at Longview boxing school training for East Texas Golden Gloves

While most East Texans are shopping for the holidays or spending time with family and friends, another group is devoting its time to training for a February eve
Published: Dec. 18, 2021 at 4:22 PM CST
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While many East Texans are shopping for the holidays or spending time with family and friends, another group of varying ages is devoting their time training for a February event.

The East Texas Golden Gloves.

At ‘Sniper-Wolfe’ boxing academy in Longview, the training they put in is for a shot at the Golden Gloves tournament in Longview in February.

“I’m going to be a champion. It’s attractive to me for the workout, strength and competition,” said 11 year old Janiya Coats, fighting in the 90 pound weight class.

The Fluellen brothers joined together chasing a double dream.

“The strategic part of building yourself to do the things you can do to make sure you win every time. And that’s what I’m going for,” says super-heavyweight Xavier Fluellen.

“We’ve been training very very hard, I’m looking forward to it. Prove to myself, what I can do,” says heavyweight Dakota Fluellen.

Boxers from 8 years old to 32, in all weight classes, are under the guidance of boxing trainer Stephen Fletcher.

“Some come in confident in themselves, some you have to install it in them, working out with the mitts, daily being with them,” Fletcher says.

They put in long workouts, throwing hundreds of punches and performing dozens of drills, All part of training for 9 minutes of their life. 3 rounds.

“We got a lot of young guys , just starting out, so we’re really working as much as we can to prepare for it,” Stephen says.

“I feel like when it comes to that time, time to put on a show what you’ve been learning,” says middleweight James Reese.

The East Texas Golden Gloves tournament will be held at the Longview fairgrounds February 17th, 18th and 19th.

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