Saturday, August 16, 2014
Rising sophomore Cheyenne Lewellen has earned another boxing title.
Lewellen, her coach, and two of her teammates traveled to Independence, Mo., for the Ringside World Championship held July 30 through Aug. 3. This championship involved more than 1,700 athletes from around the world and almost 100 USA Boxing Officials supervising six rings of simultaneous action during two sessions each day.
Lewellen fought in the semi finals against a boxer from Colorado in the 132-pound weight class. Throughout the bout, she put up a good fight but she could not dodge Lewellen’s jab and combinations that landed more than once. Lewellen won by unanimous decision.
In the finals, Lewellen’s opponent tried to stay out from in front of Lewellen’s jab but she too couldn’t avoid the hammering left uppercut and jab Lewellen threw at her. It looked like the bout was going to be stopped at the beginning of the second round but the ringside physician allowed the fight to continue. After three full rounds of intense action, Lewellen was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Lewellen’s coach was an official for one of the other rings so the boxer warmed up with her sister, Raven, and her younger brother, JessieJames, between fights.
JessieJames, a rising seventh-grader, also participated in the Ringside World Championship. In the semi finals, he took on the top seed in his class, a left-hander. However, this benefited the Summerville boxer as he has trained most of his career against left-handers. Young Lewellen’s barrage of combinations resulted in his opponent receiving two standing-eight counts. At the end of three rounds, the young Lewellen was announced the winner by unanimous decision.
Unfortunately JessieJames wasn’t successful the next night in the finals. He had a good start as it seemed he had dropped his opponent straight to the canvas with a double hook combination, but the referee called it a slip. After that it turned into a track meet with JessieJames cutting his opponent off several times but to little avail. Despite the skill and technique JessieJames displayed, his opponent was declared the winner by a 3-2 split decision.
This summer alone the Summerville Boxing Team has traveled more than 5,000 miles to get its athletes to as many competitions/tournaments as possible. In order to get nationally ranked it is imperative that these athletes get to as many tournaments as they can but the expenses associated with all of the traveling is financially draining on the organization’s funds.
Both Lewellen’s train at School of Hard Knox, home of Summerville Boxing Team. The gym is located at 1130 Boone Hill Road, directly across the street from Summerville High School. It is a 501 (c)3 Non Profit organization and can be found on the IRS website as such listed under Tri County Athletics. For further information on the School of Hard Knox, call 478-9667, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.svilleboxing.com.