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Eufaula Boxer Wins National Championship

Eufaula Boxer Wins National Championship
(Photo submission) Golden Gloves National Champion Aaron Morales

“I’ve been doing this so long, I know I got what it takes. I know I got a good chance at making it big and helping my family.”—Muscogee (Creek) boxer Aaron Morales

Citizen looks to turn pro

Kevin Barnett/Reporter

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Muscogee (Creek) citizen Aaron Morales traveled to Lafayette, Louisiana, in May, for the National Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament of Champions.

After five consecutive days of fighting, Aaron emerged the 2017 Golden Gloves National Champion in the 123-pound division.

Aaron, 19, has been boxing for the greater part of his life. His boxing career began at the age of seven training alongside his older brothers in the garage of his family’s Eufaula home, which his father/trainer, Martin Morales Sr., transformed into a functional boxing gym.

This most recent accomplishment is no small feat. Past national champions include names such as Mayweather, De La Hoya and Tyson, to name a few.

When asked what the future holds for his son, Martin stated, “That was his last fight as an amateur. We talked and decided that that would be it, he is turning pro.”

Aaron’s impressive, amateur record of 120-8 will attest to his dedication to the sport, as well as a skill level sure to prove formidable for any opponent he may meet in the pro ranks.

Although no definite date has been set for his pro debut, this does not mean that he has taken time off. Morales is currently in Wichita, Kansas, training with 2016 Olympic medalist Nico Hernandez, as he prepares for his third professional fight Sept. 23.

In a phone interview, Aaron said of his future, “I’ve been doing this so long, I know I got what it takes. I know I got a good chance at making it big and helping my family.”

Much can be said about Aaron’s talent and skill, but as has always been the case in the world of boxing, ‘hands speak louder than words,’ and this young pugilist will definitely be heard in the coming years.

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