Novice Soldier boxer wins first fight
August 13, 2009
- Pfc. Brian Taylor won his first boxing tournament on July 26.
- Taylor boxed in the sub-novice 152 pound welterweight category.
- Taylor maintains a 92 grade point average in his studies as a Medical Laboratory Technician, a one year program.
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Pfc. Brian Taylor always likes a challenge and the prospect of learning new skills. Motivated by challenge, respect and appreciation for boxers, he decided to join the Fort Sam Houston Boxing Team.
Taylor, assigned to B Company, 264th Medical Battalion, won his first boxing tournament on July 26 at Woodlawn Gym during the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Games of Texas, hosted by San Antonio Sports and San Antonio Parks and Recreation. More than 7,500 athletes participated in 15 sport events held at various locations in San Antonio from July 23 to July 26. Taylor boxed in the sub-novice 152 pound welterweight category.
"I have never been in a boxing ring before, this is my first competition. I saw it (boxing) as a way to improve my health, so I got involved in the sport, from there it grabbed a hold of me," said Taylor, a California National Guardsman.
His coach, former boxer Bruce Leno, known as the Black Stallion during his boxing days, said Taylor's exacting jabs, bone crunching hooks and upper cuts sealed Taylor's victory.
"This is why I also joined the military, to learn new skills and the challenges that come with it," said Taylor.
Not only does Taylor excel in boxing, but he maintains a 92 grade point average in his studies as a Medical Laboratory Technician, a one year program.
"It is a very demanding program, but I appreciate it," said Taylor.
Leno said his boxers must maintain a B average to stay on the team. His team, comprised of males and females, compete all over Texas.
Taylor thanked his cadre and instructors for being very supportive and helpful when they found out he was competing in the tournament
Taylor plans to return to California once he completes the Medical Laboratory Technician program and says he definitely plans to continue boxing.