Boxing's Youth Movement

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BOISE- For twenty years, Kenny Keene and Cleveland Corder made boxing popular in the Treasure Valley, giving fans familiar faces to root for.

Within the last year, though, both of those guys decided to hang up their gloves. So who do fans root for now?

It's simple. Start again from scratch.

"We start with young people," says Ralph Jones, who runs Idaho Golden Gloves, a gym on Franklin Road in Boise. "We cultivate a desire to compete, just as any other sport cultivates a desire to compete."

Jones has spent five years in this particular gym, training boxers as young as eight years old. A couple of his proteges have already had over twenty fights.

"Yes it is a little more violent than soccer perhaps or some others," he says. "But if you compare it with lacrosse and football and some of the other sports, it's not much more violent. It's a little more controlled at some point in time."

And there was a time when both Cleveland Corder and Kenny Keene were amateurs. They also trained in this facility, and came up through the USA boxing system.

"And obviously we know here locally that they have a very good following, a very good reputation, and they've made national titles," adds Jones.

And now they are mentors, both for up-and-coming youth boxers and for kids who might just need some direction.

"The courts have referred young people to us who have anger problems," said Jones. "We deal real well with that. We have an outlet for some of the anger issues that some of the younger people have, some of the aggressions. We use that as a tool."