Friday, June 20, 2014
The School of Hard Knox was represented at the National Junior Olympics Championship in Charleston, W.Va., June 10-15.
Cheyenne Lewellen, a 15-year-old Summerville High School rising sophomore, recently battled her way through the South Carolina Junior Olympics State Championships and the South East Regional Junior Olympics Championships to earn the right to compete in the National Junior Olympics Championship. There, more than 180 athletes from across the country vied for USA Boxing national rankings.
Lewellen came up against Siane Moore, a previously nationally ranked boxer from St. Louis Mo., and showcased all of the hours of training and sparring she’d put in to reach this level of competition. Lewellen demonstrated great composure in the ring and her camp thought she fought well enough to win the bout, but Moore was declared the winner by a split decision.
According to a Summerville Boxing Team spokesperson, many boxers, coaches and officials tracked Lewellen down to compliment her not only on her talent in the ring but on her sportsmanship and the poise she displayed after such a disappointing loss.
The young fighter left the competition with a 19-3 record. All three of her losses came to boxers who hold a Top 3 ranking for their various weight classes.
Lewellen is now ranked third in the nation for her class and is eligible to participate on the international level.
Joining her at the national competition were her father/coach Johnny Lewellen and Teresa Mott.
Johnny Lewellen is the Head Coach and President of School of Hard Knox, President of South Carolina USA Boxing and the coach of the South East Regional Team that draws athletes from three states. Mott is the Vice President of the School of Hard Knox and Chief of Officials for South Carolina USA Boxing.
Mott was one of only two officials out of 40 to be nominated for Outstanding Judge during the course of the National Junior Olympics Championship. This was her first national tournament and she was evaluated during each two-day session by an International AIBA official.
The School of Hard Knox is currently working to raise funds to help send Cheyenne Lewellen to her next big match, the National Women’s Golden Gloves in Ft. Lauderdale the week of July 7-12. This is a weeklong event that showcases the talents of female boxers from across the country.
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