Amateur Athlete: Young Boxer Ricky Cushman a Sensation One Year into Career

Just one year into his boxing career, Ricky Cushman is already getting attention as local boxing's next big thing.

Posted: Nov 8, 2017 8:28 AM

MEDFORD -- Boxing is nothing new to the Cushman family. There is 11-year-old Ricky, the most recent to be welcomed into the sport. His dad and grandpa boxed before him.

That's part of what makes Ricky feel so at home in the ring.

"It helps me to think if your dad can do it, you can do it. If your grandpa can do it, you can do it," Cushman said, "Whatever they can do, I can do."

While he was introduced to the sport at eight years old, Ricky has only been formally training for a year. In that time, he has gotten two fights, and two wins.

"When he turns 17 I could see him winning Golden Gloves. I could see a lot of bright future ahead of him," Ricky's trainer Troy Wohosky said.

Even getting in two fights this early is a feat. He got his first fight within four months. Wohosky said some kids his age don't get a single fight in their first year. Whether or not they get a fight is determined by whether or not the coaches think they're ready.

Now, Ricky is ready for even more.

"I want to be the best. I want to be the best and I want my name to be a household name," Cushman said.

The road to stardom won't come easy, but he and his dad, Rick face a long road every time he has to go to practice. The Cushmans live in Grants Pass and Rick drives his son to training at Spartan Boxing Gym in Medford five days a week.

"We've made so many trips here and back home and talking about stuff and he's been helping out more," Rick said, "Once he gets home and takes his shower, he's out for the night. We get up and start it all over again."

No matter what level of success he achieves, Ricky won't soon forget the sacrifices his dad has made for him. His dad's own boxing career was cut short when he got in a serious car accident, so now it's on his son to continue the legacy.

"I think I've been taking in everything he had into me," Cushman said.

He's taken all of that and then some as he works toward the best he can be as his third scheduled fight looms September 10.

"I go through hard work, dedication, I go through never stopping. I work as hard as I can to be something great some day."

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