Five days a week, Nicholas Torrance makes the trek from Columbia County to the Augusta Boxing Club off Walton Way.
For him, the trip has become routine. Andy Torrance hooked his son on the sport seven years ago, and the younger Torrance continues to enjoy it.
“It’s just all I’ve ever done,” he said. “It’s just stuck with me. I’ve always loved it.”
The Augusta Boxing Club showed Torrance some love Thursday afternoon when club director Ray Whitfield awarded Torrance a $1,000 PCS Nitrogen scholarship.
“He’s an outstanding kid,” Whitfield said. “He’s always at practice. I never have any problems out of him. He’s always working hard. I just felt he deserved it.”
Torrance, a 17-year-old junior at Lakeside High School, said he’s still weighing his college options – Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Ga., is currently at the top of his list.
“I’m glad these years of hard work have paid off,” he said.
Torrance, who competes in the 141-pound division, won the Georgia Golden Gloves event earlier this year. He said he plans to fight again in June (club match) and in July (Georgia Games).
Torrance said he’s thinking about attempting to win a spot on the U.S. boxing team for the 2016 Olympics – Vernon Forrest became the first Augusta Boxing Club representative in the Olympics in 1992. Torrance will be 21 and much more experienced then.
“That’s a perfect age,” Whitfield said.