LOWELL, Ore. — A teenager from Lowell, who is quite an inspiration to her friends, family, and community, has jabbed her way to her second boxing title.
Last Sunday, Akayla Devereaux and her dad jack drove 29 hours to Missouri. They say the drive was worth it because they didn’t come home empty handed.
Devereaux and her dad returned to Lowell Monday night. She says when she got home, there were friends, family, and others in the community waiting for her. She brought home the boxing title from the Ringside Worlds Tournament in Missouri.
Devereaux says she was nervous for the fight, but now looking back she’s always believed she could do it.
“Knowing that I have two belts now and just a month, that short amount of time, and I’ve only been training for five, it’s been really shocking to me but I knew that I would do it,” Devereaux said.
She says this was the toughest fight she’s been in. Her opponent was out of her weight class, which made her nervous. Devereaux says the support from the Lowell community and her family has been very helpful, and she’ll represent the town wherever she fights.
Devereaux says the training doesn’t stop here. She will continue training for the Golden Gloves, which will be in March in Bend, Oregon with hopes of making it to worlds in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.