Tonawanda News —
When a fighter decides he or she wants to become a professional, the fight game has to take over that person's entire life.
That's why North Tonawanda's Jake Ventry (9-1 amateur record) recently dropped out of high school to focus all of his energy and attention on training to become a pro boxer. His father, David Ventry, has opened up Thunder Boxing on Oliver Street in North Tonawanda to give his son a fighting chance at climbing the ladder of the sport.
Ventry recently lost his first amateur fight by decision after earning victories the first nine times he stepped in the ring. The Niagara Falls native is currently preparing for the Golden Gloves tournament in January and then plans to turn pro later in 2013 if things go well in the "Gloves."
"We're hoping Jake can make it to nationals and do well, and then next year he can go pro," David said. "That's why he's not going to school. He comes here and runs in the morning, does light weight training and then does sparring in the evening. We have high hopes for him."
Ventry is a talented puncher with a passion for the sport that began when he was a little boy. David boxed in the Navy and continued to compete when he got out and started working construction. Ventry spent many days of his childhood in the gym, watching and mimicking his father's every move, and that experience has spawned an experienced and eager fighter ready to take on all comers.
"My style is a boxer-puncher, I can fight from the outside and inside," Ventry said. "I prefer for people to go shot for shot with me but I can box from the outside too. I'm pretty slick. ... If I want to go anywhere I have to beat anyone that's in front of me and if that means getting hit hard a few times it doesn't matter."