Seventeen-time national champion Charlie Sheehy of Brisbane, California, will look to make history the second week of December as he packs up his bags and heads to Lake Charles, Louisiana, as he looks to win the Olympic Trials at the 138 lbs division.
Sheehy, who grew up boxing at Jimmy Ford’s Fire in the Ring Boxing Gym, a gym that has saved countless young people offering free boxing lessons to those under the age of eighteen. Sheehy has trained with his long-time coach, Miguel Rios, a highly regarded coach in the Bay Area, but has also for this camp worked with Javiel Centeno in Davie, Florida to prep for such a massive event.
“I feel good. I like training side-by-side with people who want to do the same thing as me. I want to one day challenge for a world title, and seeing fighters who will be soon fighting for a world title motivates me even more to win the Olympic Trials,” said Sheehy. “I know I belong at the highest level with this experience.”
Sheehy has spent a month in camp at the Sweatbox Boxing Gym in Davie, Florida, leaving close friends behind to chase a dream. Undefeated lightweight contender George Kombosos Jr., who has sparred future hall-of-fame boxer Manny Pacquiao over 200 rounds in the gym, world title contender super lightweight Amir Imam as well as recent Top Rank signee Xander Zayas at the Sweatbox Gym along with strength and conditioning program ran by Bommarito Performance Systems, under the watchful eye of Spencer Corrao.
“I am ready for the biggest test of my amateur career and I am so lucky to have gotten such good work prior to this competition. I know USA Boxing runs a tremendous event, and things will go smoothly, I just simply have to perform. My family, my coach and all of those who support me have my best interest at heart and making the next step in my career to become an Olympian is doable because of them,” said Sheehy.
The 138 lbs. Men’s Elite division is one of the most competitive, if not the most competitive of all Olympic division, in all of amateur boxing.
For those unaware of Sheehy's previous achievements, he is a three-time National Golden Gloves Champion, four-time National PAL Champion, two-time National Adidas Champion, three-time National Desert Showdown Champion, two-time Ringside National Champion, National Silver Gloves Champion, Title National Champion, Two-Time National Junior Olympics Silver Medal, Two-Time California State Golden Gloves Champion, 2016 USAB National Bronze Medalist and the 2017 USAB National Silver Medalist.
Sheehy has defeated the following fighters in the amateurs, Ryan Garcia, Jeremey Hill, Wyatt Sanford, Harley Mederos and Rey Diaz amongst others.
NOTE: Sheehy will be on the Nov. 26 episode of Everlast “TALKBOX” podcast.