Monroe County Boxing Club

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Time: 4:00 min.

Started as the Tellico Boxing Club by Don Eddington and Poke Byers in 1992, the club produced a national Golden Gloves champion. That champion, Jesse Byers, is now the head coach for the club, which now is located in Madisonville, Tennessee.

The club covers registration fees for those who cannot afford it, and all equipment, uniforms, and travel expenses also are covered. The club provides meals for all of the boxers before matches and sparring events, which, for some, is the only meal they have for the day. The Y-12 Community Investment Fund recognized the need and provided the club with a grant of $6,830, which will be used to buy equipment and cover travel expenses for the youth.