Boxer Profile: Dylan Price

Age: 15
Height: 5' 0"
Weight Class: 101 lbs
Recent Accomplishments: 2013 Junior Olympic National Championship - Pinweight Champion

2013 Junior Olympic National Championship - Most Outstanding Male Boxer

 

In this month's Boxer Profile we spoke with amateur boxer Dylan Price, who recently won the 101 pound class at the Jr. Olympic National Championships in Mobile, AL.  Dylan was also named Most Outstanding Male Boxer for the tournament.

Congratulations on your victory at the Junior Olympic National Championship last weekend.  How does it feel to be a champion and also to win Most Outstanding Male Boxer?

It felt great to be a champion but it felt even better to win Most Outstanding Boxer, to know that you were the best boxer in the whole tournament.

What do you think was the key to your victory?

Speed, and at times a little bit of power.  I had to fight different styles every fight.  At times I had to back my fighter up, like in the championship [vs. Kawelo Alcos].   The second night I had to move a little bit because [my opponent] was a little bit stronger than me, but I was able to box him to keep him off me.

Do you find that you’re oftentimes smaller than your opponents and you need to use your speed and quickness to take advantage of them?

Not all the time but in this tournament, yeah.  I was younger, I’m 14 fighting 15-16 year olds and I’m just moving up in weight.  This time it was the key.
[Note:  Boxers who will turn 15 by December 1st of the current year are technically deemed to be in the 15-16 year old age group]

At what age did you start boxing?

When I was 9, but I’ve been going to fights with my dad since I was two.

What made you decide to start boxing?  Was anyone in your family a boxer before you?

I started out playing football and I was OK at it, but I really stopped because I had to move up in weight.  I was 55 pounds playing at the 105 pound division.  So my dad just knew it was time that I try something different.  He said I should try out boxing and if I didn’t like it then I could do something else.  But ever since my first day in the gym I loved boxing.

When you first started boxing what did you like about the sport?

Everything!

What did you find challenging?

How hard you have to work, the running, the exercises you need to do.

How many hours do you train each day?

About 4-5 hours.  More for a national championship.

What is your average day in training like? Do you have a special diet or training routine outside of the gym?

I start off with shadowboxing in the mirror.  Then I get in the ring and shadowbox.  If I’m getting ready for a fight I spar.  Then I hit the pads and hit the medicine ball.  To finish it off we do weight training and then pushups, sit-ups, and pull-ups.

How do you prepare for a match? Do you have any rituals or routines you go through?

I do even more!  A lot of running, especially a lot of road work.  Everything turns up when I’m getting ready for a national championship.  For that I work on a different level.

For those of us who are only spectators and have never boxed before can you describe the feeling of being in the ring with an opponent?

Nerves, but you have to learn how to deal with those and just do what you’re trained to do.

What was the most rewarding thing you have experienced since learning to box - either inside or outside of the gym?

Winning the Junior Olympic National Championship [this past weekend] and being named Most Outstanding Boxer.

How do you bring some of the things you learn at the gym into your outside life?

[Boxing] gives you discipline and taught me not to just ease my way through life.  You have to work hard to get what you want, you can’t just ask for it.

What boxer do you admire most and why?

Floyd Mayweather because of his work ethic and his will to win.

One last question.  What quality do you think makes a good boxer?

Hard work.

 

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