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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Quiet, unassuming, and humble are three words that describe Devon Young. Young is 16 years old, plays basketball and football at Midland Valley High School, and is slowly creating a name for himself in the CSRA in the boxing ring.
A couple weeks ago, Young took the stage in Charleston, West Virginia, and competed in a national boxing tournament in the 176 plus weight class. He took home the national boxing championship on June 14. He did this after competing in, and winning, state and regional tournaments.
“It felt good, really good. I did it for my coaches, and trained hard,” he said of the opportunity to be a national champion.
Young's coaches, Anthony Simpkins and Terry Cade, were proud of his efforts, Cade said. He competes for the North Augusta PAL Boxing Club, and has been there for three years. North Augusta Public Safety is a sponsor of the Police Athletic Team. Simpkins and Cade have trained at the same gym since they were both 12 years old, and are now the lead coaches.
“I'm very proud of him, all the training has paid off,” Simpkins said.
The road was not exactly an easy one to get to the national championship match.
“He had to defeat the No. 1 boxer and No. 2 boxer in the world to win, and he was in ranked coming in,” Simpkins said.
According to Young, he has been boxing for a little less than years, and one of his favorite parts about boxing is getting to let all the emotion out.
“I run almost every night and train as much as I can,” he said. “When I'm angry or I've had a rough day I can just come to the gym and punish one of these bags to let it out.”
Young is an athlete, and has to also focus two other varsity sports. But he doesn't plan to hang up the boxing gloves anytime soon.
The national boxing championships are a year away, but Young, his coaches and friends all have their minds set on a repeat next year.
“I love boxing, and I love competing, now that last season is over, it is time to get ready for it again,” he said.
Austin Davis is an intern for the North Augusta Star. He is a rising senior at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.
Editor's note: This is an updated story. The original contained misidentification. The North Augusta Star regrets the error.