Hudsonville heavyweight looking for national title
by Nick Warsaw
Wednesday May 07, 2008, 5:21 PM
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Hudsonville heavyweight Jordan Shimmell will be looking to win a national title at this
week's National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions. Heavyweight hopeful Jordan
Shimmell has his eyes on the prize: winning the National Golden Gloves Tournament of
Champions. Shimmell will not know his opening opponent until a random draw decides it on
Monday or Tuesday. "I haven't seen the roster yet," Jordan Shimmell said. "I've seen them
all fight and know what I have to do to win." Shimmell, 19, won the Michigan Golden Gloves
championship as a heavyweight for the last two years. He has faith in his corner men.
Along with Shimmell are his original coach and father, Dennis Shimmell, and Randy Sutter
who began working with Jordan as he got older. "In the 11 years I've been fighting, my dad's
been in my corner for each fight," Shimmell said. "I definitely want to stick with those guys. I
learned what I know from those two and hopefully they can follow me into a professional
career if it happens." Jordan puts in about two and a half hours, six days a week at the gym
and another hour running each day. He feels he's in the best shape he could attain. It will
take speed and movement, along with power to capture the Nationals. "I don't hold back on
power," Jordan Shimmell said. "I don't just go for the speed trying to build up points either
because some times not all the judges see it." Dennis Shimmell also knows what it takes to
win championships. When he was 16 he won the Pennsylvania Junior Novice Golden
Gloves and at age 20 he took the Wisconsin State Open title. He talks candidly of his son's
chances. "He is talented for a heavyweight," Dennis Shimmell said. "He has exceptionally
fast hands and is a pretty good defense fighter with counter punching skills. "When he
wants to, he can overwhelm other fighters. But when you go too offensive you open yourself
up. I'd want him to use the jab. I preach to my boxers to continue to work the jab. If Jordan is
focused and training hard and determined, he's hard to beat." It would seem difficult not to
really let the leather fly with the pressure of trying to score points early as well as keeping
your fans satisfied. "You can hear the crowd; whether you do what they're saying or you
don't. Maybe it's not the best thing to do at that time; they can't see what you can in the ring.
You do what works, if I hear something I will think about it for a second and if I think it might
work I will try it out and take a chance. "You are training super hard to really exert yourself
in the first round to get yourself established as the man in the ring," Jordan Shimmell said.
"You need to get a fear in the other guy's eyes or he's going to start pressuring you the
entire fight. You're also showing to the judges that you're here and here to win it. That puts
a figure in their eyes and they'll remember you throughout the fight." Jordan Shimmell is
currently ranked in the top 10 as an amateur heavyweight, but he's got to keep his head
focused. He has lost seven bouts in the last two and a half years. "He was getting
overconfident," Dennis Shimmell said. "It came too easy for him having won the National
Junior Olympics. "He beat a guy ranked fourth in the country. He got overconfident and lost
the next day. It was a good eye opener and started getting him on the winning path where
two months later he took second in the country in the National Golden Gloves." Jordan
Shimmell is more focused on what might be waiting down the road in the near future.
"I missed qualifying by a single point for the 2008 Olympics," he said. "If I'm doing anything
after the Nationals, especially if I win, going pro would be a prime time to do that." Waiting
right behind him would be his father and Sutter. Mr. Shimmell would either stay on as a
manager or co-managing and be counted on to assist in the training. That might also
change at some point by bringing in outside trainers if it's felt to be necessary, but the two
men make a good team and it will probably be kept that way for a while. The Hudsonville
heavyweight along with three area pugilists, Tyler James at 112 lbs., Richard Munoz 125
lbs., and super heavyweight Ryan O'Neal at 201+ will attempt to grab the ultimate title in
amateur boxing. The contests began Monday, May 5 at Devos Place in downtown Grand
Rapids running six uninterrupted nights. The championship finals are Saturday, May 10.