Syracuse boxer named best in the state heads to national Olympics
A young Syracuse boxer named best in the state has his eyes on becoming best in the nation. Buffalo Golden Gloves ranked 18-year-old Raimier Walker number one in his weight class. and now he's bringing that reputation to the National Junior Olympics in Kansas this month.
Walker said he's aiming to bring home a win with the 10 years of experience under his belt.
"I’ve been international, I’ve fought top fighters in the country, all kinds of stuff and all kinds of tournaments. I’ve honestly been all over the world bro,” Walker said.
Walker's coach, Curtis Chaplan, said the teen boxer seems to have endless energy that earned him the nickname "lungz."
“Oh man, he doesn’t get tired—stamina. I actually remember watching him spar 20 rounds straight. Yeah I’m dead serious it was crazy,” Chaplan said.
Walker previously won the top prize at the Junior Olympics in 2017. The first boxing match for this year’s tournament starts July 11.