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Gold Medal Boxing gym in Pittsburgh produces champions

At a boxing gym inside an old Pittsburgh firehouse, the fight game is being used to produce champions in the ring and even greater wins outside the ropes. Nico Provins is the latest winner produced by Gold Medal Boxing. The 15-year-old from Mt. Lebanon won a world amateur title, defeating a fighter from the United Kingdom.”Got ready, warmed up, got in the ring, fought and won my fight, so went down there and handled business and won,” he said.When Pittsburgh’s Action Sports visited the gym, Provins was in the ring working with four-time national champion Tika Hemingway.There are also fighters like Jerome Baxter who are just beginning their professional journeys.”Gold medalists, national champions and state champions here,” he said.Gold Medal Boxing is filled with winners, including those who have traveled a very different path in life.”Some kids just (had) no guidance, running the streets, getting in trouble,” head coach Ted Mrkonja said. “People who were molested, drug addicts, stuff like that. I mean, people that just have a rough time.” The lessons include self-discipline and respect for others.”Just learning how to control yourself, because boxing is control, and I go from the boxing gym to the outside world,” Baxter said.”You go into the ring, you hit each other’s gloves up, you talk to the judges, tell them thank you for being here, the ref and everything,” Provins said. “Then you fight, get business done. You go back, thank their coach and everything, you come back and that’s it.”To be able to afford to introduce more young people to the sport and the lessons of boxing, Gold Medal has just established itself as a nonprofit.”A lot of people say it, and we try to do it. We try to make champions in the ring and outside the ring,” Mrkonja said.

At a boxing gym inside an old Pittsburgh firehouse, the fight game is being used to produce champions in the ring and even greater wins outside the ropes.

Nico Provins is the latest winner produced by Gold Medal Boxing. The 15-year-old from Mt. Lebanon won a world amateur title, defeating a fighter from the United Kingdom.

“Got ready, warmed up, got in the ring, fought and won my fight, so went down there and handled business and won,” he said.

When Pittsburgh’s Action Sports visited the gym, Provins was in the ring working with four-time national champion Tika Hemingway.

There are also fighters like Jerome Baxter who are just beginning their professional journeys.

“Gold medalists, national champions and state champions here,” he said.

Gold Medal Boxing is filled with winners, including those who have traveled a very different path in life.

“Some kids just (had) no guidance, running the streets, getting in trouble,” head coach Ted Mrkonja said. “People who were molested, drug addicts, stuff like that. I mean, people that just have a rough time.”

More than boxing has been taught to teens here in the city’s Overbrook neighborhood the last dozen years. The lessons include self-discipline and respect for others.

“Just learning how to control yourself, because boxing is control, and I go from the boxing gym to the outside world,” Baxter said.

“You go into the ring, you hit each other’s gloves up, you talk to the judges, tell them thank you for being here, the ref and everything,” Provins said. “Then you fight, get business done. You go back, thank your coach and everything, you come back and that’s it.”

To be able to afford to introduce more young people to the sport and the lessons of boxing, Gold Medal has just established itself as a nonprofit.

“A lot of people say it, and we try to do it. We try to make champions in the ring and outside the ring,” Mrkonja said.

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