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December 26, 2012

NT's Jake Ventry preparing for Golden Gloves tournament in January

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Ventry fights at 118 pounds and he said one of the aspects of the sport that people don't really understand is the physical toll it takes on a fighter's body — and not just in terms of damage. It takes extreme conditioning to compete at the highest level of the sport.

"A lot of people don't realize how physical it is," he said. "There's a lot of work on the inside that's leaning on each other. It's really hard and you have to put in a ton of work. It's the most brutal full-body sport in the world."

He also said it takes a unique individual to be willing to step in the ring.

"I like getting hit and I like hitting people," he said. "My doctor before told me — I had a concussion or something and — that I shouldn't spar or train for a fight for a couple months, but I didn't care. It's the first thing that's important to me."

Ventry's first fight in the Golden Gloves is scheduled for Jan. 12 and will take place at the Tralf Music Hall on Main Street in downtown Buffalo.

Contact Sports Editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.

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