Jared Anderson

Team USA Takes Four Victories on Second Day of 2017 Brandenburg Cup

America’s Next Great HEAVYWEIGHT? USA Boxing Nationals Champion Jared Anderson

One step closer to going to 2020 olympics TOLEDO BOXER WINS QUALIFIERS

To be in the history books.To forever be in the books as an Olympian. — Jared Anderson


Click for video: Jared Anderson boxes with Coach Darrie Riley (courtesy:nbc24.com).

A local teen has earned a spot in the Olympic Trials. Toledo boxer Jared Anderson beat the competition in Utah, winning the 2018 Elite Men’s Qualifiers. That puts the Team USA boxer one step closer to his big Olympic dreams. NBC 24 asked the teen what being an Olympian would mean to him, his response: “To be in the history books. To forever be in the books as an Olympian. I will never be a former champion or former Olympian. I will always be an Olympian,” said Jared Anderson, 2020 Olympic hopeful. On January 2nd Anderson heads to the Olympic training center for multi nations camp in Colorado Springs.

the wrong move. “It breaks my heart,” said Jared Anderson, an Olympic hopeful boxer who started in the PAL program. “It makes me think that everybody’s giving up on the kids in the community and they don’t care anymore.” Jared Anderson joined PAL when he was just eight-years-old. Ten years later, he credits his training, discipline and success to the program. He says PAL turned his life around and made him an Olympic hopeful. “It changes lives,” Anderson said. “It helps people become men and women and it doesn’t just keep them out of trouble from day to night, it really helps you change as a person.” His mom says before PAL, Jared was a troublemaker. She says they taught him hard work and commitment. “For me it was a blessing,” explained Deborah Anderson, Jared’s mom. “It was a God sent because like I said he was the youngest of five kids, the one that I had the most behavioral issues from. And I was at a loss for what to do for him.” While Jared will continue his boxing career next month at the Olympic Training Camp, other young hopefuls are not sure what will be next.>>>

which is their most expensive program. They have a little more than 230 kids involved in their program which offers tutoring, coaching and police interaction. Of those more than 200 students, a little more than 30 are in boxing. Boxing costs about $48,000 a year for the program run entirely by fundraisers and grants.

“It’s depressing that it’s closing down,” Anthony Clark, a PAL boxer. “We really don’t know,” said Clark. “It sucks,” added Jacob Ball, another youth in the program. Here’s some of the numbers that made the decision for the PAL Board.

December 21, 2017 By Blair Caldwell | September 20, 2017 - Updated August 16, 2017 TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Players and coaches say they felt sucker punched by the news of the Toledo Police Athletic League’s boxing program shutting down.

But despite these numbers, PAL boxers and their parents think this is

PAL has a number of programs like baseball, basketball and boxing,

Herbert Mickles was born Jun 20, 1932 in Selma Alabama. At the age of 9 years old, his family moved to Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Waite High School, in 1951. Born as a Soft Paw (left-handed boxer), sharpshooter Herbert began boxing at the age of sixteen. In 1949 and 1950, he walked away with the Golden Gloves Bantam Title. Herbert was a Times delegate to the tournament of Champions for four straight years. In 1952, he won the Golden Gloves crown. In 1954 he became the All- Army Boxing Champion. In 1955, he became the All-Service Boxing Champion and European Boxing Champion as well. Known as “Coach Herb”, he coached Pee Wee baseball, ages 9-12 years old. Coach Herb has been coaching since 1986, and it all started at Lincoln Elementary School. Two years later in 1988, Coach Herb began coaching the Toledo Police League, which later became the Toledo Police Athletic League (PAL) in 1996 and continued until his retirement in 2017. *Bio Courtesy of the African American Legacy Project FORMER COACH SPOTLIGHT

They know they love boxing. “I love the practice and the running,” Clark said.

With the additional space leader believe they can host tournaments as well as add new programs like volleyball. PAL boxing will spar for the last time this Friday, but the boxers, parents and coaches say they aren’t down for the count yet. They want to fight for the program in the future.

“It’s like you meet new people everyday,” added Daron Webb, a PAL boxer.

“It’s just to keep me out of trouble in the streets like when I am walking,” said Ta’ron Garmon, another PAL boxer.

Coaches at the gym were notified of the closing last Thursday.

Leaders of the program say they’re sad to see boxing go, but it must happen to make sure the other PAL programs can contribute to operate. They plan to auction off the boxing equipment and  re-purpose the boxing space in their gym off Manhattan Boulevard to create a more self-sufficient future.



uper heavyweight Richard Torrez Jr. (Tulare, Calif,) started the day for Team USA with a first round TKO against Pavel Jan of Czech Day two was more successful for the young American’s boxing in the 2017 Brandenburg Cup. They finished the day with victories, including two first round TKO’s. s TEAM USA TAKES FOUR VICTORIES ON SECOND DAY OF 2017 BRANDENBURG CUP

Republic. Torrez will be step back into the ring tomorrow, where he will face Germany’s Nelvie Tisfack. Bantam Derry Noble (Vacaville, Calif.) followed in Torrez’s footsteps with his own first round TKO win. Noble’s vic- tory over Germany’s Umar Bajwa puts him against Mateuz Wojtasinksi from Poland tomorrow.

The final two victories of the day were just as impressive. Heavyweight Jared Anderson (Toledo, Ohio) took all the judg- es cards over Finland’s Keener Aliu. Middleweight Lorenzo Simpson (Reisterstown, Md.) grabbed his own unanimous decision victory during his bout against Italy’s Tyson Aloama. Anderson will face Russian Aleksei Zobnin, while Simpson steps into the ring against Yan Zak of Israel. The fifth member of Team USA to box today, light heavy- weight Alexis Espino (Las Vegas, Nev.) lost a close split deci- sion victory against Kushtrim Veseli of Austria. Angel Martinez (Rockford, Ill.) will make his tournament debut tomorrow against Nursultan Nuridenov of Kazakhstan. Team USA joins over sixty of the world’s best youth male box- ers looking to showcase they are the future of amateur boxing at the 2017 Brandenburg Cup. Head Coach Jeff Mays (San Antonio, Texas), Tim Back (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Manny Nava (Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.), as well as National Teams Manager Jess Luscinski (Colorado Springs, Colo.) are leading the team in Frankfurt Oder, Germany.

August 3, 2017 Results 52 kg: Derry Noble, Vacaville, Calif./USA won by TKO over Umar Bajwa/GER, TKO 75 kg: Lorenzo Simpson, Reisterstown, Md./USA dec. over Tyson Aloama/ ITA, 5-0 81 kg: Kushtrim Veseli/AUT dec. over Alex- is Espino, Las Vegas, Nev./USA, split 91 kg: Jared Anderson, Toledo, Ohio/ USA dec. over Keener Aliu/FIN, 5-0 91+ kg: Richard Torrez Jr., Tulare, Calif./USA won by TKO over Pavel Jan/CZE, TKO

Reference (www.teamusa.org)

For now, the program boasts two junior Olympians excel- ling in their fields. City leaders on Wednesday celebrated Jared Anderson, 17, and Zia Cooke, 16, during a news conference at the league’s North Toledo headquarters. The teenagers re- ceived a mayoral proclamation while their peers watched. Chief George Kral said he eagerly awaited the event. He spoke with pride about Sgt. Mack Collins and Officer Kim Darrington helping to train the stellar athletes.

I’m getting goose- bumps just saying this. You have the world right here in your hands. You can do anything you want. —Police Chief George Kral

Athletic League Toledo Shows Pride In Police

Junior Olympians Jared Anderson, Zia Cooke honored during news conference in North Toledo


ith luck and hard work, the young sprinters rounding the Police Athletic League gym may become Toledo’s next star athletes.

By: RYAN DUNN rdunn@theblade.com

Click for video: Jared Anderson, Zia Cooke with Police Chief Kral

“I’m getting goosebumps just saying this. You have the world right here in your hands. You can do anything you want,” Chief Kral said. Jared is top-ranked nationally among boxers in his age and weight division. He will represent the United States during championship compe- tition in Germany. The Police Athletic League has left a large im- pact on Jared, and he hopes to encourage the next group of teenagers as well, he said. “It’s kept me out of the streets. It’s kept me on the right path,” he said.

It’s kept me out of the streets. It’s kept me on the right path” — Jared Anderson

Zia, a member of this year’s USA Basketball Women’s U16 team, has 26 letters of interest from NCAA Division I schools. “It’s truly a great blessing to be able to do all of this, and I’m really thankful for all of it,” she said. Since the 1950s, Police Athletic League leaders have coached and mentored area youth. Pro- grams include baseball, boxing, tutoring, and the police explorers. The group now has five full-time employees, 20 volunteers over the year, and about 350 partici- pants.

League member Hayden Morris, 13, followed his brother into the boxing program, and next fall starts seventh grade at Ottawa River Elementary School. The boy said if he continues to arrive on time and train, he might succeed like Zia and Jared. “Being a part of this group means a lot to me. They’re like my family,” Hayden said.

Click for video: Jared Anderson, Zia Cooke honored by city leaders

America’s Next Great HEAVYWEIGHT? USA Boxing Nationals Champion Jared Anderson

Seeded No. 7 in eight-boxer field at The Nationals, Anderson, in order, defeated No. 2 Jesus Flores in the opening round, 5-0, edged No. 3 Adrian Tillman in the semifinals, 3-2, and upset five-time national champion Cam F. Awesome, 5-0, in the championship final. In USA Boxing’s most recently listed heavyweight ratings (Nov. 17, 2017), Tillman and Awesome are ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, Flores is No. 5, and Anderson is unranked. “I think that’s going to change,” Anderson noted. “Winning the heavyweight title and Most Outstanding Boxing Award meant the world to me. Maybe some people had never heard of me, but I’ve been boxing since I was eight, and I’ve faced a lot of different styles. “I had a vendetta going with Tillman and, instead of boxing, I tried to take his head off. Simple work allowed me to beat Awesome. He is a good fighter. Cam does what he wants in the ring — throws jabs, sits there and builds up points – and intimidates some opponents. I took the fight to him. Not wild, though, because he’d have been there in the ring, calm and smiling, and I would have lost. I used my jab more than anything against him.” One of 11 siblings in two households, Anderson is another USA Boxing success story. Growing up in Toledo, Ohio, Anderson was constantly getting into trouble in school and boxing eventually saved him. His mother convinced her son to meet a local boxing coach, who

December 21, 2017 C hristmas came early for Jared Anderson, who not only won the heavyweight title at the recent USA Boxing National Championships, the 18-year-old also captured the Most Outstanding Boxer Award in the Elite Division.

introduced Jared to boxing, drilling discipline into him, something Jared desperately needed at that point in his young life. Boxing in Toledo has also aided his overall development in boxing. “We push each other,” Anderson explained. “We support each other and perfect our crafts. There’s a lot of support here at all the gyms in Toledo.”

“Winning the heavyweight title and Most Outstanding Boxing Award meant the world to me.”



Anderson represented Team USA at this past August’s 2017 Bradenburg Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, at which Anderson won the heavyweight title, as well as the Most Outstanding Boxer Award, which should have been a warning for other leading U.S. heavyweights. As a young boxer, Anderson admired three legends who were all products of USA Boxing, U.S. Olympians and Olympic medal winners: 1. Sugar Ray Leonard – “Fast hands, speed, a phenomenal boxer.” 2. Evander Holyfield – “A warrior who could bang or box. Moved up successfully

Right now, Anderson stands (6’ 2”) and weighs 200 lbs., but he’s only 18

and should continue growing even larger. Ultimately, he wants to be heavyweight champion of the world, but Jared does have a plan.

“I want to stay as active as possible next year, competing in tournaments, and turn pro but not until after the (2020) Olympics,” Anderson concluded. “I’m not turning pro until after the (2020) Olympics. I want to win a gold medal, turn pro and win the world heavyweight title, so I can move my mother out of the ‘hood.”

from cruiserweight to heavyweight.” 3. Muhammad Ali — “Not just because he was a great boxer, but more so because of his life.”





BIOGRAPHY Name: Jared Anderson Birthdate: 11/16/1999 Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo. Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio Weight Class: Heavyweight (91kg/201lb) Gym Name: Central City Boxing Gym Coaches Name: Darrie Riley Boxing Since: 2008 INSIDE THE RING USA Boxing National Tournaments 2018 Elite National Championships - 1st Place 2017 Elite National Championships - 1st Place 2017 Eastern Regional Championships - 1st Place 2017 National Golden Gloves - 1st Place 2016 Youth National Championships - 1st Place 2016 Youth Open - 1st Place 2015 Junior National Championships - 1st Place 2013 National Junior Olympics - 3rd Place INTERNATIONAL RESULTS bvb - 1st Place 2015 Junior World Championships - 5th Place OUTSIDE THE RING Favorite Sports Team: New England Patriots (NFL)

Favorite Food: Shrimp Favorite Movie: BLADE Favorite Musical Artist: Rich Homie Quan Favorite Boxer: Andre Ward

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