Continuing to establish themselves as athletes in the boxing world, Tevin and Terrell Piper of Elmira know a thing or two about the sport and its challenges. Both are accomplished boxers in their respective weight classes, and their latest stint at the 2013 Ontario Provincial Boxing Championships was no exception.
At the competition held in Toronto this year from February 28 to March 3, Terrell swung for gold in the 52-kilogram Junior C category. His brother Tevin didn’t get a chance to box but was awarded gold in the 46-kilogram Junior C category by walkover, as there was no one in his weight class to fight this year. The win does give him a chance to fight in the national competition this fall.Their father LeVar Piper is a former boxer himself and helped to train both boys for the competition, going through an hour-and-a-half of training every day at the Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy in Kitchener.
“I thought they did very well. For Tevin it’s a little bit disappointing because he trained very hard and it’s becoming really hard to get him a match, so it’s a little disappointing for him to get [the gold] that way but at nationals he’ll definitely have a few bouts,” Piper said.
Tevin has a perfect record, LeVar Piper said, and has not lost a game yet. At last summer’s Kansas City championships, Tevin took home his first 95-pound weight class title after a hard fight against Julian McDonald from Fenton, Missouri. At the Canadian nationals this year he and Terrell will be facing the top fighters from every province.
“Terrell is just coming into his own right now. He’s had a really good year so far, I think they both did very well,” Piper said.
With months to go before their next few fights, both Tevin and Terrell are confident about future prospects, they say.
Terrel came close in his weight class, but lost in the semi-finals against the U.S. junior national boxing champion after a split decision.
So what was the most challenging part of the recent competition? Making the weight class made for a rather nervous day before the fight for Terrell.
“The day before I had to weigh in I was 0.5 kg over and I had to do a light workout before and I couldn’t eat until the next morning after I weighed in. We always make weight but it’s really hard to diet and we can see all of our family eating junk food,” he joked.
The boys’ next competition will be the Ringside World Championships in Kansas City this summer.