LONDON — With the rich history of success in Laurel County athletics, one may not think that four of the best athletes in London are displaying their talents inside a boxing ring.
Preston Scott, Jay Hoskins, Treyton Byerly, and Kinnedy Hundley will travel to Shreveport, Louisiana to participate in the USA National Championship on Dec. 5. It will be the first time that any boxer from London has ever fought for a national championship, and a moment that boxing coach Jerry Loughran is very proud of.
Loughran, a retired Lexington police officer, opened Loughran’s Boxing and Fitness just over two years ago, after an extensive stint as a boxing coach in the Lexington Police Athletic League. Before opening his own gym, Loughran trained seven national champions and two world champions, and he think he can replicate that same success in his hometown of London.
“We have come a long way in just two-and-a-half years. We started in March of 2018. Since then we have had the first-ever USA boxing amateur show in London, the Jason VanHook Memorial, and now we have enough kids to participate in this year’s national championship,” said Loughran. “We have put in a lot of work during that time. We knew that we would have kids who could compete at this level, but we did not know the timeline. They are ready.”