Watson Aims for National Title
Amatuer Boxer Competing at Golden Gloves National Tournament
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Duluth’s Ryan Watson is one of the top amateur heavyweight boxers in the country, even though he hasn’t fought in what Watson describes as “in forever.” Watson’s coach Aaron Resberg believes Ryan’s reputation is a big reason why.
“A lot of guys pull out once they find out who he is,” said Resberg. They can look him up on Youtube like anyone else. Too many amateurs are worried about their win/loss record and it don’t mean nothing.”
Ryan is the 2014 and 2015 Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion. He won this year’s title by merely showing up to the tournament in Walker, MN. after the other fighters pulled out. So Ryan’s work is limited to the gym, but he belives his sparring sessions, as well as his workout routine, has him sharp.
“I feel stronger than ever, faster than ever, more experienced than ever” Watson says. “I’m good to go.”
What Watson is good to go for is the Golden Gloves National Championships, held this week in Las Vegas, NV. Ryan dropped a tough decision in the semifinals a year ago, so this year Watson is looking to take the decision out of the judges’ hands.
“(I have to) Make sure I go out there and take it instead of leaving it to the judges or getting caught with something stupid,” said Watson. “I have to make sure I go out there and prove a point.”
To Ryan proving a point means knocking his opponents out. He thinks his experience will be an advantage over fighters at Nationals for the first time.
“They’re going to have their jitters,” said Watson. “I’m an experienced vet out there now, even though I’m one of the youngest ones out there.”
Even though Watson is only 22 years old, the temptation is there to turn pro. However, Ryan continues to be driven by a dream Of fighting at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
“I think about that before I eat,” he says. “I wake up every morning that’s my goal.”
Ryan has a qualifying tournament for the 2016 Olympic Trials coming up in June. For now, he’s focused on winning a national title, not only for himself but to bring more respect for boxing in Duluth and Minnesota.