Jul 31, 2018
High School Boxing Today: The Crosstown Smoker of Kalispell, Montana
Of course, part of the attraction was watching muscular guys with their shirts off.
The sport has fallen out of favor, especially on the high school level; parents today often think it's a bad idea to encourage their kids to take their shirts off and punch each other.
There are only a few boxing clubs at public high schools in the United States, all formed recently in an attempt to revive the sport.
It started in 2010 as a fundraiser for Glacier High School to pay for its wrestlers to go to out-of-town competitions,but soon it took on a life of its own, as amateur high school boxers began to train for it.
The 9th annual smoker, in April 2018, drew nearly 70 high school students from Bigfork, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Glacier and Whitefish, and raised $100,000 for the school.
Boys and girls compete. Opponents are matched by weight class, just like in professional boxing.
I checked out the school records of some of the athletes, to see what else they were into. Wrestling was popular, obviously, but also football, cross-country, track and field, drama, marching band, and student government.
And fishing. Apparently they're a well-rounded group that considers boxing just another path to physical and psychological well-being.