Hop aboard Jahmal Harvey, America’s Next Great Boxer

Amateur boxing champion Jahmal Harvey is winning titles at world level and could be the next great American boxer to break through the ranks.

US boxing has experienced a lull over the past two decades, but young, talented fighters like Jahmal Harvey are leading the US back to amateur boxing glory.

In American amateur boxing history, only 17 boxers have won gold at the AIBA World Championships, and Harvey is one of them.

Harvey is only 19 years old but has possibly the United States’ best chance of winning a gold medal at the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France. You might think that a boxing prodigy like Harvey must have started boxing at the age of 5 to get this good, but he didn’t pursue the sport until he was a teenager.

Harvey’s first love was soccer, but the featherweight boxer wasn’t big enough to last long in the ring. His soccer coach is also a respected boxing coach in the Maryland area.

“I started boxing in eighth grade,” Harvey told FanSided. “I played football and boxed at the same time because when I entered high school, I knew I had no height or weight. You know, I know I have speed and everything, but I don’t really develop, so my football coach, who also started his own gym, told me to go to the gym and I started boxing, and I just fell in love with it. ”

Darrell Davis coaches Harvey out of the football team’s equipment room. There wasn’t much in it except a heavy bag and a boxer with many natural talents.

“Our first boxing gym when he first opened it, it was the old football equipment room,” says Harvey. “So it really has a pocket and hard floor. That’s all we had.”

It was a simple start for Harvey, but he has learned leaps and bounds. It didn’t take long for Davis to realize that he had something extraordinary about Harvey in eighth grade.

Watch Jahmal Harvey compete for another amateur title at the 2022 AMBC Elite Championship

“I’m doing better than the people who first started me,” Harvey said. “So then he took me to a gym to beat a national champion. And I did well. So once he did that, he just told me, you know, that guy was supposed to be really nice, to me and my dad, and I really am? Then I have to be really kind. ”

That’s a way of saying it. Harvey competed for the first time at the age of 13. A year later, he was the national champion for the first time.

Since then, Harvey’s collection of amateur titles has grown, but his most notable achievement is winning a gold medal at the 2021 AIBA World Championships. According to USA Boxing, he and teammate Rahim Gonzalez are the first Americans to win a gold medal since Rau’shee Warren and Demetrius Andrade in 2007.

When watching Harvey in action, his hand speed, quickness and instincts set him apart from other fighters. Maybe it’s because Harvey got into boxing with a blank slate.

Harvey did not watch boxing before entering the sport.

“It’s all new,” Harvey said. “The only fighters I can say are real me, the current boxers that I really know are Floyd and Pacquiao. That is so that.”

Harvey didn’t start watching other boxers until recently. His personal favorite is WBO weight class champion Terence Crawford.

Like Crawford, Harvey likes to switch stances during his battles and does it very smoothly. Many people even compared Harvey to Aaron Pryor in the boxing hall.

“I have a lot of things that I fight like Aaron Pryor because when I like to fight someone, I hurt him or hit him big, I jump on him,” Harvey said. “So a lot of people told me I felt like him.”

Crawford and Pryor are great warriors to be compared to. So far, Harvey is giving those sentiments value.

He is currently competing at the 2022 AMBC Elite Championship. Harvey won his first match. You can watch him and the others via the USA Boxing website through April 1.

If you’re wondering why Harvey hasn’t turned pro yet, he still has one more goal in mind: winning an Olympic gold medal.

“We should have a lot of gold medals coming up in this 2024 Olympics, but it’s going to mean a lot because this is a medal I’ve worked hard for,” Harvey said. “I could have gone pro this year, last year. I was able to do it, but I’m waiting for it because I’m trying to see through the tunnel to get that Olympic gold medal. It is my dream, so it will mean a lot to me.”

Harvey has big dreams, but they are within his grasp. He’s proving himself to be an exceptional fighter with the potential to be the next great. Hop aboard Jahmal Harvey, America’s Next Great Boxer

John Verrall

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