OTTAWA — When members of the Putnam County Boxing Club meet to
practice, it isn’t just about throwing punches with gloved hands.
Staying physically fit, being disciplined, and learning respect for
others are also skills the members learn.
The Putnam County Boxing
Club was incorporated in 2005. Open to members ages 8-18 the group meet
Tuesdays and Thursdays and take part in matches about 25 times a year.
of the Boxing Club are from Ottawa, Continental, Leipsic, Pandora,
Columbus Grove, and Ottawa. Walt Lathrop is the coach.
Ryan Santana, 18, said he has been boxing for three years.
builds character,” he said. “I’ve also learned not to judge a book by
its cover.” Santana said someone who looks really strong and confidant
may not be the best boxer, while someone who may look ‘nerdy’ may be
really skilled at boxing. “You just never know,” he admitted.
Santana also said the discipline you learn while training teaches a good worth ethic.
Lathrop, 15, has been boxing for five years, “I’ve learned how to be
fit,” he said. “I’ve also learned the importance of having respect for
“We have a lot of club rules,” Terry Docker, 16, said. “We
know we have to maintain good grades and things like that. Docker has
been boxing for two years.
“There are rules like no fighting outside of the club and we learn about anger management.
Kyle Lathrrop, 8, said he has learned how to protect himself and stay physically fit.
Dockery said he would encourages to take up boxing because it is a good time.
said it is a sport where you have to give your all. “You can’t go into
the ring with just half an effort,” he admitted. “And you have to be
okay with getting hit.”
The Putnam County Boxing Club is located
on the second floor at 110 North Walnut Street, Ottawa. Anyone who is
interesting in boxing should call Walt Lathrop at 419-302-8041.
fourth annual Black Swamp Romp is May 10 at the Putnam County YMCA.
Come out and watch some great boxing. Pre-sale tickets are just $10 and
are available by calling 419-302-8041