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Golden Gloves fight is more than a title

DUBOIS, Pa. - A fight for a second chance at life is inspiring a Clearfield County boy to step into the boxing ring. 

 

The Golden Gloves tournament is returning to DuBois for its sixth year. Just a month ahead of the fights, the coaches at WPAL Fitness Center on East Long Avenue in DuBois teach all the skills, passion and heart needed in competition. David Blystone teaches children's training classes.

 

"A job of a coach is to install patience and drive because most of these kids nowadays get lazy with their electronics," said Blystone. 

 

Ten-year-old Landen Buchanan is learning the rules of the ring early. He was inspired to strap on the gloves from the most important man in his life -- his dad.

 

"I used to watch Boxing and my dad did boxing," said the fourth grader. 

 

However, Justin Buchanan said his son is the motivation behind his everyday fight. He struggled with drug addiction for more than a decade.

 

"I had nothing left. I lost everything. The only thing I had left was my son," said Justin Buchanan.  

 

Now two years sober, Justin Buchanan is working to get clean through rehab and his own time in the ring.

 

"To come back and get a second chance with my son, it means everything," said Justin Buchanan. 

 

Landen first started training back in June and has been helping carry out WPAL's mission. In March, Landen will be entering the ring in his first Golden Gloves tournament.

 

"I was pretty nervous because it'd be my first time," said Landen Buchanan.  

 

On that Saturday night, his biggest fan will be cheering him on from the crowd.

 

"To get a second chance at life, but to see my son and spend time with him and to be the father that I've always wanted to be." 

 

All the money raised to sponsor Landen's fight will be donated to provide help for those struggling with addiction. Proving, win or lose, this fight is more than just a title.

 

The Golden Gloves tournament will be held at DuBois Country Club on Mar. 24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and boxing begins at 7:30 p.m. 

 

The winners will advance to the next round of the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves tournament. The 2018 national championships will be held in May in Nebraska.

 


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