ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Two local boxers will soon head west as number one seeds in the Olympic trials in the hopes of making it to Rio next summer.
Super Heavyweight Brandon Lynch is one of two Albany fighters that have qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympic trials. He and welterweight Abraham Nova are both number one seeds in their weight classes.
Both are mentally locked in.
“When I win the trials, all of that kind of stuff, like gold medals and stuff, is not going to be on my mind,” Lynch said. “I’m just going to be thinking about, ‘Now I have to train for the Olympic,’ and it’s going to be right back to training.”
“Just stepping it up,” Nova said. “Doing a little more of everything; being more efficient, faster, stronger. We do everything the same. We just step it up.”
Nova started training in Boston to eliminate distractions while Lynch does two-a-days at Albany Boxing, which acts as a safe haven for some.
“Boxing did that for me as a kid and some of the coaches here,” coach Jerrick Jones said. “We are proud to spread the joy that we had to the next generation.”
Lynch, who is still an amateur, sparred with a professional heavyweight on Tuesday. Inside the ropes, classification is irrelevant.
“I go with the mindset of not letting them breathe,” Nova said. “I’m on top of them, and I’m taking what’s mine.”
“I train harder for the bigger tournaments because I have to fight more often,” Lynch said. “But more or less, I get prepared the same for everybody.”
Lynch and Nova will be traveling to Reno, Nev. from December 5 through December 12 for the Olympic trials.