My involvement in boxing began in high school. As a junior I became an unpaid sparring trainer for two nationally ranked professional boxers, middleweight Johnny Morris and light heavyweight Jack Rogers. As a senior in high school, I won the combined three-state (Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio) Diamond Belt Amateur Boxing Championship and was chosen the Outstanding Tournament Boxer. I was selected as the first alternate Open Class welterweight boxer representative to the National Trials in Maumee, Ohio for the 1968 US Olympic Boxing Team for the Mexico City Olympics. After turning down three offers to become a professional boxer, before entering college in September of that year, I became a paid professional sparring partner for three professional boxers. This ended my amateur boxing status and all future Olympic hopes. In addition to playing football, swimming/water polo and martial arts at the University of Slippery Rock, I created, organized, managed and trained fighters in a collegiate intermural boxing program for state and private colleges and universities in Western Pennsylvania. After graduating from college, my job selection moved to central Pennsylvania and as a side interest, I started to train amateur fighters here in the Harrisburg area, specifically at the old Police Athletic League (PAL) Boxing Club on Third Street. Several of my trainees have gone on to state amateur titles and professional boxing competition. I continued teaching Defensive Boxing Skills on a pro-bono basis and also continued to train local athletes on the proper body mechanics of boxing. After retiring from a fantastic 42-year career with the PA Department of Environmental Protection, I am now teaching Defensive Boxing Skills on a full time basis at Gold’s Gym, Linglestown.
Box N Burn (BNB) Nationally Certified Boxing Trainer
ISCA Certified Boxing Fitness Instructor
PowerPlate® – Level 1 Academy