CORVALLIS, Ore. – A Corvallis High School student is getting ready to compete in a national boxing championship later this month, and he will be representing not only his home state, but the entire Pacific Northwest region.
Fifteen-year-old Ethan Stanley, a freshman at CHS, won a regional tournament last month in his age and weight class, immediately qualifying him to compete in the National Silver Gloves Tournament in Missouri.
“I’ve been doing this since I was seven,” Stanley said. “My dad got me into it.”
The national competition brings in eight boxers nationally for each class.
“We’re all coming together to see who’s the best of the best,” he said. “I’m excited. Pretty excited actually.”
Stanley has been in the same ring before a few years ago.
“I wasn’t just fighting for me,” he said. “I was fighting for my dad. He wasn’t able to come with us, so I wanted to win for him.”
He got third place, but this year, he is going for the gold.
“I’ll just go out there and fight like it’s another fight,” he said. “I’ll just do my best and see what happens.”
Stanley has been dedicating hours of his time to get better, one swing at a time.
“I’m proud of him,” said one of his coaches, Gregory Dilts. “He’s such a hard worker.”
Ditls volunteers hours of his time to help Stanley improve.
“That’s your dream as a coach to have someone that has the drive and the tenacity to push themselves harder than they would ever imagine,” Dilts said. “When you’re in the ring, you’re in there alone. I think boxing helps them take personal responsibility for their actions and ultimately for their success. Hard work pays off.”
Stanley says he has a support system pushing him to follow his dreams, including family and friends.
“It makes me feel good to know that other people believe that I can do it.”
But Stanley’s family is not only going to Missouri to support him. His group is dedicating the trip to Carlos Perez, a 14-year-old Springfield boxer who is in critical condition after a car crash last week.
“They’re very good friends of ours, and our heart just reaches out to them,” said Billie Stanley, Ethan’s mother and one his coaches. “We’re going to represent them; take them with us as if they were there with us.”
Carlos was supposed to be competing nationally as well in his age and weight category. Billie Stanley says Carlos belongs to the Mendez Boxing Club in Springfield, which is one of their sister clubs.
The Stanleys are still fundraising for the cost of the trip, and will be raffling off prizes on Wednesday. They are selling $2 raffle tickets. Prizes include gift certificates to Jiffy Lube, Firestone, Papa’s Pizza, Einstein Bros Bagels, Corvallis Fresh Fades, El Sol de Mexico, Cirellos Pizza, and Delicias Valley Cafe. To donate or to purchase a raffle ticket, call Billie Stanley at: (541) 207-6635.