Augusta boxer Justin DeLoach has new trainer, will turn pro

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 4:02 PM
Last updated 9:36 PM
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With former Augusta Boxing Club director Tom Moraetes and new trainer Ronnie Shields by his side, Augusta’s Justin DeLoach announced his intention to become a professional boxer at the club Thursday.

DeLoach, a 2012 Butler graduate, has been training and competing at the Augusta club since he was 8. DeLoach, now 18, used to run from Murphey Middle School to the club “so Tom wouldn’t put me on the treadmill for being late,” and has a supporting team sporting some of the bigger names in boxing.

Moraetes reached out to Shields to give DeLoach a tryout at his 40,000 square foot gym in Houston, and Shields came away impressed.

“When I met him for the first time, he brightened up everything,” Shields said. “He’s so full of life, enjoying his life, and I really liked that. But when I put him through workouts, I was like, ‘Hey, this kid might have something.’ I think he has what it takes.”

Shields has previously trained Evander Holyfield, Vernon Forrest and Ray Whitfield. The team’s adviser will be Al Haymon, who currently represents Floyd Mayweather.

“(Haymon) is known throughout the sport because he has the best fighters,” Shields said. “HBO and Showtime run to him. He’s the best guy in the sport.”

DeLoach has an aggressive target date of March 2 for his first professional fight in the welterweight division. Shields said the fight is projected to be held in California with Oscar De La Hoya as the promoter. An opponent has not been decided.

“This was the dream,” said DeLoach, who is 5-foot-11 and weighs 155 pounds. “I stuck with it. I started competing, started winning and now I’m here.”

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GnipGnop 01/10/13 - 05:07 pm
Congrats young man!!

Surround yourself with good people! Keep your hunger and resist the temptations that come with the lifestyle! I look forward to watching you box!!

David Parker
David Parker 01/11/13 - 10:18 am
Canelo needs to be brought

Canelo needs to be brought back to earth. Go take those belts and bring'm back to the AUG

akanwalden 04/14/13 - 05:05 am

It looks as though Augusta has produced a new , young professional Boxer with Justin Deloach! I sincerely hope he stays clean and keeps a good level head. He is a black diamond in the rough, but with some polishing and creative training and a sharp honest manager I feel this young man can make a real name for himself I would like to see him rise the way Otis Redding did here in Macon and James Brown there in Augusta. I hope some one will send him this comment so he can see it.My brother and I were entertainment mangers and Otis Redding was our biggest Artist. Soulfully, Alan Walden, 2003 Inductee, Georgia Music Hall Of Fame

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