Silver Gloves state champ, FHS student, improves under Eppolito

O’Donnell A Silver Gloves state champion boxer, Joseph O’Donnell is one Farragut High School

athlete who’s perhaps flying under the radar.

This 5-foot-10, 150-pound sophomore scored a unanimous decision during the 156-pound Silver Gloves state title bout (three 2-minute rounds) Saturday, Jan. 3, in Nashville.

O’Donnell earned his way to Little Rock, Ark., looking for a Region 6 Silver Gloves crown

last week, Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 15-17, among champions from six states: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi in addition to Tennessee and Arkansas.

Taking up boxing as an 8-year-old in San Diego, “I was never really good at any of the other team sports: football, soccer, baseball. All those I never really enjoyed,” O’Donnell said. “But boxing was more of a mental game … that I liked. I like to have the physical factor of fighting, but it’s more of a mental challenge when you’re in there.”
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