LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A local boxing club is making an impression on many young men in the community. The free underground club attracts boxers of all different skill levels and backgrounds. It also helps keep many away from trouble.
An old barn near Poland Hill in Lafayette is more than what meets the eye. It’s a place where a group of young men learn more about brotherhood, boxing and teamwork.
Lafayette Boxing Club was started by Terry Christian in 1998.
“I knew back then, when I was 15 years old – I’m going to have a boxing club,” Christian said.
Young men come to the boxing club to train three times a week.
“Some of them are much more serious than others,” Christian said. “Some of them are just showing up for something to do.”
Just showing up for something to do is what first interested Codey Bowen.
“When I first got started, I couldn’t even run a lap,” Bowen said.
Almost two months later, Bowen can now run three miles. He is also one of the top boxers in the club.
“I want to be the best I can be, really,” Bowen said. “I want to go pro.”
Pro or not, he said boxing is what keeps him out of trouble.
“Honestly, I feel like it’s helped me do better at school,” he said. “If I’m not doing good in school, I can’t come here and do good here.”
He’s one of the many boxers Christian trains. Christian said he has to turn some people away because there’s just not enough room at his facility to accommodate everyone interested.
Lonell Price is one boxer who sought out Christian months before he moved to Lafayette. He said he didn’t know a soul or much about the sport when he first got here.
“First time I stepped in the ring, I was kind of nervous,” Price said. “I was only able to go one round.”
But now he can’t get enough.
It’s a group made up of different ages, sizes and backgrounds but at the end of the day, it’s a place many young men learn how to fight, box and bond.
Many of Christian’s boxers have won several first place trophies and set records at state boxing competitions.
Some have even gone on to box professionally.