WALLACE ó Chevy Ward is a fighter.
Itís in his blood.
Whether itís his grandpa Jim Bolle, Wardís trainer and former fighter himself.
Or maybe itís his uncle Corey Bolle, a fighter who has helped put Silver Valley boxing back on the map.
Now, itís Chevyís turn.
Ward is a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Pinehurst Elementary School on most days, but after last weekend, he has put himself in position to be Idahoís next 90-pound Silver Gloves champion.
Although heís been training since he was 3, heís only been eligible to fight for the last two years and in that time he has kept himself busy, amassing a tidy 5-0 record, including a win this last weekend at Wallace Fight Night.
This most recent win was an important one for the young pugilist, as it qualified him for the Idaho Silver Gloves competition in Boise in January.
Ward isnít a flashy fighter, instead he relies on his sound training and skill set that he brings to each fight.
And while each fight may be different depending on the opponent, the approach for him is still the same.
Train hard and focus.
One would assume that the fight itself would be a 10-year-oldís favorite part of being a boxer.
Chevy Ward isnít your average 10-year-old.
ďI really like fighting a lot,Ē Ward said. ďBut my favorite part is probably the feeling I get right before the fight starts.Ē
That little adrenaline rush pulls Ward from everything else and realigns his focus solely on the task at hand.
Getting the job done.
Making his grandpa and uncle proud has actually become easier for Ward than putting his grandmother at ease.
ďI hate it, I get sick to my stomach every time I watch,Ē said Wardís grandma Tina LaCrosse. ďHe gets in there and heís just like his uncle though. He just gets comfortable.Ē
Now, with his focus shifted toward Boise and a bigger competition, Ward will be training even harder both here and at Rick Welliverís Spokane Boxing gym to help prepare him for whoever he steps into the ring with.
ďChevy has an incredible will to win,Ē Welliver said. ďSome things you canít coach, willpower is one of them. Heís been such a treasure to be around.Ē
The Silver Gloves competition is a competition for non-professional pugilists ages 10 to 15 years old.
The upcoming event in Boise is a state event and should Ward continue his string of success, he would qualify for the National Silver Gloves competition in Kansas City later in the year.
ďIím really excited,Ē Ward said. ďI donít know who Iíll be fighting, but Iím going to keep training hard so that Iím ready.Ē
Ward is hoping that his community will support him in his endeavour and help him get to the Silver Gloves competition.
Welliver will be meeting with the Wallace Elks and North Idaho Mountain Brewery about doing some fundraisers to help cover some of Wardís costs for the four-day trip.
For more information or to make a donation to help Chevy Ward get to the Silver Gloves, contact Rick Welliver on Facebook at the Spokane Boxing page.