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Pine Belt boxing gym creating future leaders

Boxing Club building character in the pine belt. Photo Credit WDAM Boxing Club building character in the pine belt. Photo Credit WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Robert Williams has been around boxing his entire life.

Williams came from trying to find gyms to train him, to actually training students himself.

He now runs the USA boxing gym owned by the city of Hattiesburg.

In his gym he teaches discipline, patience, and character.

In his career, he is trained nearly a dozen world champions but he has also trained hurricane hunters and secret service agents as well.

“My goal is to create good citizens, good young men, and good young ladies,” Williams said.

He said everyone is welcome to his gym.

With a recommendation from USA boxing, Williams’ gym starts training fighters at age eight.

This means children are being taught the discipline needed to succeed at a young age.

Williams also spoke about the importance of teaching inside of the ring.

“They’re going to learn the right way, and if they have a good coach they’re going to learn not to fight in the street,” Williams said. 

 Muhammad Ali, who is considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time, passed away June 3 after losing his battle with Parkinson's disease. When speaking about Ali, Williams commended his work ethic.

“He found what worked for him,” Williams said. 

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