Teenage amateur boxing champion goes to war with pro-MMA fighter
The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has been around a lot longer than most people believe, however; it was introduced to the world on a cold evening in Denver, Colorado on November 12, 1993, and called the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The premise was beautiful in its simplicity: to simply answer the question of which martial art is most effective.
Fast forward over 20 years and we now have a sport that jockeys for the top position in popularity in many countries. Although the sport has evolved, the original question that was set out to be answered is still one that intrigues people to this day.
Another interesting question arises when it comes to cross-training with high-level athletes, particularly, what would happen when a high-level boxer takes on a high level mixed martial arts fighter? In this case, we are talking about amateur boxing champion Rakeem Nealy and The Ultimate Fighter 24 veteran Jaime Alvarez.
One interesting tidbit concerning the clip below is the fact that Nealy was only 15 years old! Make no mistake, he is a kid in a man’s body but none the less he is a kid and he is sparring with a seasoned veteran in Alvarez.
Alvarez was 8-3 as a professional fighter as his bout on TUF was technically considered an exhibition and is not reflected on his record. To compete on the professional level is something that only 5% of high school athletes in America will ever have the opportunity to do.
So check out the video below to see this 15-year-old boxing phenom go to war in a sparring session with professional fighter Jaime Alvarez.
Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…