Be­ing pa­tient while wait­ing for his turn

Stone ju­nior Lee ex­pected to be walk-over win­ner at Golden Gloves event

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TAMMY SHOWAL­TER tshowal­ter@somd­ Twit­ter: @tam­lyn­nusa

Wal­dorf boxer Davonte Lee has the patience of a cham­pion.

He’s wait­ing his turn, train­ing five days a week at Hill­crest Heights box­ing gym un­der the di­rec­tion of his fa­ther and USA cer­ti­fied coach David Lee, along with gym owner and head trainer Ernesto Ro­driguez.

The Thomas Stone High School ju­nior boxes at 108 pounds, which makes it dif­fi­cult to find am­a­teur bouts to put in the books. Davonte Lee is pro­jected to be the walkover win­ner in the 108-pound novice divi­sion at the 2016 Washington Golden Gloves Cham­pi­onships fi­nals that will be held at Rose­croft Race­way in Fort Washington at 7:30 p.m. Satur­day. The fi­nals will show­case win­ners from the Washington, D.C., Mary­land and Delaware re­gion go­ing up against win­ners from the Vir­ginia and North Carolina re­gion.

“Davonte first showed love for the sport around fourth grade,” David Lee said. “I was a very big fan of the sport and Davonte would hang out with me watch­ing fights care­fully break­ing down the art of the sweet science as if he was a boxer him­self.

“He would also train with me. It was then I knew he was blessed with a tal­ent where he could ex­cel in the sport. You will hear about him in the fu­ture. He is so pas­sion­ate about the sport. His af­fil­i­a­tion with the sport of box­ing is some­what unique. His walka­round weight is 104 pounds which makes it very dif­fi­cult to make bouts for him. We travel to try to ac­quire bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties to make bouts.”

Davonte is the 2016 North Carolina Aza­leas walk-over cham­pion, the 2016 Home­town Heroes West Vir­ginia walk-over cham­pion. Af­ter the Golden Gloves, he will travel to box in the largest am­a­teur box­ing tour­na­ment in Mis­souri in July, the Ring­side tour­na­ment.

“Davonte has been en­cour­ag­ing me to com­pete as a Mas­ter boxer along with him in Mis­souri,” David Lee said.

A Mas­ter bout is three 1-minute rounds for adults. David Lee said he’s fi­nal­iz­ing his de­ci­sion to share the ex­pe­ri­ence with his son.

Davonte Lee said he’s look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture.

“Nine years ago we moved into our new house and my dad set up a gym in our garage and we re­ally got se­ri­ous about train­ing,” Davonte Lee said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing a world champ, and be­ing on TV and pretty much be­ing called one of the great­est.”

Davonte Lee looks up to “Swift” Jar­rett Hurd, a 25-year-old pro­fes­sional fighter that trains out of Hill­crest Heights. Hurd is cur­rently 17-0 and ranked No. 11 by the World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

“In a lot of ways, I see who I want to be when I start my pro ca­reer,” Davonte Lee said. “It’s not too bad [wait­ing for more bouts] be­cause at the end of the day I know when my time comes I’ll take ad­van­tage of it and do what I have to do and take the most of my op­por­tu­nity.”

He said he’s look­ing for­ward to the Golden Gloves.

“Ev­ery­thing’s great about it, es­pe­cially the peo­ple you get to meet.” Davonte Lee said. “I have a lot of fam­ily sup­port. I’ve learned ev­ery­thing that I know from my dad.”

For tick­ets or for more in­for­ma­tion about the Golden Gloves cham­pi­onship fi­nals, call 301-8436165.

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