Kenneth Thomas Jr. on FSMW (Fox Sports Midwest)
10
September

By Stevie Adams / in , , , , /


>>COMING UP ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW WE’LL MEET A TWO-SPORTS STAR FROM SOUTH PUTNAM NEXT ON THE CHEVROLET INDIANA PREP ZONE. WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF THE INDIANA PREP ZONE. I’M YOUR HOST, TAYLOR ADAMS AND NOW WE COME FROM THE BOXING GYM. A LOT OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GO THROUGH THEIR YEARS OVER ARGUING AND BICKERING WITH THEIR PARENTS OVER WHO KNOWS WHAT AND FOR HIM IT’S A DIFFERENT KIND OF FIGHTING.>>LAUREN CENTRAL SENIOR KENNETH THOMAS JR. WAS BORN INTO BOXING. WHEN MOST KIDS WERE PICK UP A BALL HE WAS PUTTING ON GLOVES.>>I STARTED BOXING AT TEN YEARS OLD AND STARTED TRAINING AROUND FIVE. MY DAD INTRODUCED ME TO IT AT THAT AGE.>>AS A KID BEFORE I EVEN BROUGHT HIM INTO COMPETING I USED TO GET HIS NEPHEWS TOGETHER AND I WOULD PUT GLOVES ON THEM AND SPREAD OUT THE LIVING ROOM SOMETIMES AND BOXING HAS ALWAYS BEEN PART OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF OUR FAMILY.>>HE WAS DESTINED TO SHARE THE SAME NAME AND LOVE FOR BOXING AND HIS FATHER FOUGHT AS AN AMATEUR BOXER AND COULD SEE HIS SON’S POTENTIAL EARLY ON.>>I SAW IT RIGHT AWAY. FROM THE FIRST TIME HE GOT IN THE RIDGE HE HAD THE COMMON ELEMENT HAVE YOU TO HAVE. YOU NEED IT TO SUCCEED IN THE SPORT. WHEN I SAW THAT NATURALLY I WAS ABLE TO MOLD AND BUILD EVERYTHING ELSE TO MAKE HIM A COMPLETE FIGHTER.>>HE TELLS ME A LOT OF THINGS HE SAYS I GOT FROM HIM LIKE MY HEART AND HOW COMPETITIVE I AM AND STUFF LIKE THAT. A LOT OF PEOPLE TELL ME I HAD A GIFT BUT WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I HAD TO WORK AT IT. I THOUGHT I WAS NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO ESTABLISH IT HERE IN BOXING. WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I ADAPTED THINGS QUICKER THAN ANYBODY ELSE. I WASN’T THAT GOOD OF AN ATHLETE BUT COMING TO THE GYM A LOT MORE I GOT HANG OF IT REAL QUICK.>>HAVING SOMEONE IN YOUR CORNER CAN BE TAKEN LITERALLY IN THE CASE. THE FORMER BOXER IS FATHER AND COACH TO HIS SON AND THEY’RE TOGETHER MOST OF THE TIME AT FIGHTS, TRAINING AND WEIGHT LIFTING. JUST A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN YOUR AVERAGE FATHER-SON RELATIONSHIP.>>CATCH THAT.>>RIGHT HAND AGAIN.>>WE’VE ALWAYS HAD AN INCREDIBLE BOND. I SPOILED HIM A LOT AS A KID ACTUALLY. I TOOK HIM EVERYWHERE WITH ME. WE DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER AND IT JUST GRAVITATED NATURALLY TO THE SPORT WE’RE IN TODAY.>>ME AND MY DAD’S BONDING IS OUTSTANDING. I UNDERSTAND HIM A LOT IN THE RING. YOU HAVE TO WHEN YOU’RE IN THERE BUT IT’S SOMETHING THAT I DON’T KNOW — I CAN’T FIND THE WORDS RIGHT NOW BUT IT’S JUST SOMETHING AUTHENTIC.>>HE MAY BE ONE OF THE BEST BOXERS FROM INDIANA SINCE MARVIN JOHNSON. HE BEGAN AT 175 POUNDS AND BEEN CROWNED CHAMPION 35 TIMES IN TEN DIFFERENT WEIGHT CLASSES. HE HAS A CLOSET FULL OF TROPHIES AN EVEN COMPETED AT THE OLYMPIC TRIALS AND HE BECAME THE FIRST TO WIN BACK TO BACK INDIANA GOLD GLOVE TITLES.>COMPLETING NO ONE HAS DONE WAS WITHOUT STANDING TO ME. IT HIT ME WHILE I WAS GOING TO SLEEP. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS BUT I LAID THERE AND I WAS LIKE, HEY, YOU JUST WON TWO GOLDEN BOYS IN TWO YEARS AND NOBODY’S EVER DONE THAT SO I SHOULD BE PROUD OF MYSELF. AT 18 HE HAS WON BELTS.>>EVERY DAY I AM IN TRAINING I VISIT ALL THE TIME BECAUSE IT’S SOMETHING I’VE WANTED TO DO SINCE I STARTED. REALLY, I’M STRIVING TO GET THE GOLD MEDAL. THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN TRAINING FOR. EVERYTHING ELSE MATTERS BUT IT DON’T BECAUSE I’M REALLY JUST TRYING TO GET TO THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE OLYMPICS.>>THAT WOULD BE THE AMERICAN DREAM BECAUSE OF THE WAY WE STARTED. FEDERAL HUMBLE BEGINS. — FROM HUMBLE BEGINS. WE GOT HERE THE HARD WAY WITH HARD WORK AND TO SEE IT PAY OFF IN THAT WAY AND TO BE ABLE TO REPRESENT OUR COUNTRY AT THE SAME TIME THAT WOULD JUST BE BEAUTIFUL.>>AND THAT DREAM SEEMS TO BE IN PRETTY GOOD HANDS WITH THE 1-2 STANLEY THOMAS COMBO. FOR INDIANA PRESIDENT ZONE, I’M KYLE BINDER.>>AND WE WISH THE BEST OF LUCK TO THIS INCREDIBLE FATHER-SON DUO A THEY HEAD SO SPOKANE, WASHINGTON FOR THE NATIONAL BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP. WHEN WE COME 1978. FOR THE CHEVY INDIANA PREP ZONE, I’M WILL HASKET.>>AND OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE BATEMAN FAMILY. WELL, THAT DOES IT FOR THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF THE CHEVROLET END PREP ZONE AND NEXT WEEK WE’LL TAKE YOU ON AN INSIDE LOOK OF ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO PLAY INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BALL THE HATCHET HOUSE. HOME OF THE ZELLERS. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK.


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