Silver Gloves state champ, FHS student, improves under EppolitoA Silver Gloves state champion boxer, Joseph O’Donnell is one Farragut High School
athlete who’s perhaps flying under the radar.
This 5-foot-10, 150-pound sophomore scored a unanimous decision during the 156-pound Silver Gloves state title bout (three 2-minute rounds) Saturday, Jan. 3, in Nashville.
O’Donnell earned his way to Little Rock, Ark., looking for a Region 6 Silver Gloves crown
last week, Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 15-17, among champions from six states: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi in addition to Tennessee and Arkansas.
Taking up boxing as an 8-year-old in San Diego, “I was never really good at any of the other team sports: football, soccer, baseball. All those I never really enjoyed,” O’Donnell said. “But boxing was more of a mental game … that I liked. I like to have the physical factor of fighting, but it’s more of a mental challenge when you’re in there.” read more