Boxing club makes heavyweight impact

West Eugene Boxing Club hopes success raises sport popularity in the community.

Posted: Jul 27, 2019 7:48 PM
Updated: Jul 27, 2019 9:37 PM

Anthony Cruz, 19, is a Golden Gloves regional champion.

"I train Monday through Friday, sometimes Saturday," Cruz said. 

He's one of the many successful boxers in the West Eugene Boxing Club.

"I probably got about 25 boxers," club head coach Myron Johnson said. 

For more than 25 years Johnson has been a mastermind in ring. From regional champions to junior Olympians, he's coached them all.

"You've got some that are slow learners, some that pick it up fast," Johnson said. "So that's what makes it really tough."

Johnson and his assistant coach Larry Goodman were alternate fighters for Team USA in the late 70's and early 80's. They use their teachings to develop champions. 

"A lot of coaches say do this, do this, do this," Cruz said. "Here they focus on telling you why as well."

As of last year only 1.5 percent of the U.S. population ages six and older participated in boxing. Johnson is hoping the club's success can raise popularity for the sport in the Pacific Northwest.

"As a sport it's starting to grow again," Johnson said. "We're starting to get more kids involved. Start from the ground and work the way up."

Above anything, Johnson hopes his teachings go beyond the ring.

"Watching them just grow, not just as boxers but as a person, makes it real good," Johnson said. "I feel honored working with each and every one of these kids."

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