LC’s Payton Childers punches her way to 4 Title Championships inside the ring;
LOUISA, KY – Lawrence Co.’s Payton Childers is making a name for herself inside the ring. Payton is 15 years old and will be a sophomore this 2013-2014 school year at Lawrence Co. High School. You don’t see very many girls in our area that take that step of being inside the boxing ring and since LC and a lot of schools in the tri-state don’t carry it as a sport in the school systems, she travels to train in the ring.
Payton began in 2010 as she won the Tri-States Golden Glove Championship, since then she has claimed 4 Titles – Louisville Legends Invitational 2010, West Virginia State Junior Olympic Champion 2013, USA Boxing National Junior Olympic Championship 2013, & Hometown Heroes Championship 2013. Payton’s mother, Kim Childers, takes her three to four times a week to Huntington, WV where she does her training. Payton spars with the boys and some professional boxers at the 304 Boxing Academy in Huntington and hasn’t had a opponent in an actual match hit her as hard as she gets hit in her training. Michael Wilmer and Jason Pettaway from Huntington and Joe Mullins from Teays Valley are the professional boxers that help Payton to become better in the ring.
“I’m very proud of her, it took me about a year before I actually let her start boxing,” said Payton’s mother Kim Childers. ” When her first fight came I was very nervous and felt sick, but I still feel that way each time she gets into the ring. Payton is very good in the ring, she hits really hard and is a southpaw….which some boxers have trouble with in the ring.”
The USA Boxing National Junior Olympic win for Payton was a big deal in Mobile, Alabama. No other boxer (male or female) has won that title from the WV Association. She boxes in the heavy weight class from 176 pounds and up. Payton carries a 12-0 record with six of those wins coming actually inside the ring. Six wins came on forfeits after she has stepped into the ring and the other boxers didn’t want any part of this hard hitting southpaw or didn’t even show up to walk in the ring. Payton does claim 2 TKO’s (Technical Knock Out) in her 6 fought wins. One came in the second round in the ring and the other was before the second round started as the girl didn’t want to step back in the ring with Payton and that’s considered a knockout. She will begin preparing for the Junior Olympic team along with her other fights as she will get a call at any time to travel out of the country to compete.
Payton travels to different states to compete besides West Virginia. She’s fought in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Alabama, & will be next week in Lenexa, Kansas from July 28 – Aug. 3 in the World Wide Ringside Tournament. Boxers will be traveling from all around the world to compete in the event. Payton will be compete in many other small club shows in KY, OH, WV, and TN in preparation for the next big tournament in Oxnard, CA form Sept. 28 – Oct. 5.
Payton’s sparring head coach is Noah Kirk out of the 304 Boxing Academy in Huntington.
“We train kids from all over Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio. I am a former amatuer boxer and I started coaching at the Westwood Boys Club in 2002, the same year as my last amatuer fight. I moved to Chesapeake, OH and opened a gym up in a small class room which we out grew. So we moved to Huntington, WV and now have one of the largest boxing facilities in the area,” said Kirk. “Payton began boxing for me about a year ago. During that time she has won the Hometown Heroes Championship, 2013 WV State Jr. Olympics, 2013 East Coast Regional Jr. Olympics, and 2013 National Jr. Olympics.”
Gary Toney is the president of the Hometown Heroes Boxing and had this to say after Payton won the Junior Olympics in her weight class.
“On behalf of the USA Boxing WV Association and Hometown Heroes Boxing, I want to congratulate Payton Childers on winning the USA Boxing National Junior Olympic Championship in Mobile, ALabama in her weight class. Payton becomes the first female from the WV Association to win a National Boxing Championship….we are proud of you young lady!” Payton will compete in the Hometown Heroes Boxing/Teays Valley Rumble II at the Quantum Sports Center on Sep. 21.
If you would like to help donate and support Payton on her journey from state to state and out of the country. You can contact Kim Childers at 606-939-2498. Any donation is appreciated!
For more information on contacting Noah Kirk at the Boxing Academy in Huntington you can call 606-923-1730.