San Bernardino teenager “Terrible” Terry Washington won gold at the 2021 US National Junior Boxing Games in Lubbock, Texas this week.
The 17-year-old beat favorite Andres Perez to win his sixth national championship and regain his first place in the men’s 101-pound division.
Beyond the U.S. Championships at the end of the year, Washington’s goal is to get the Men’s National Team to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
“Terry is the best in the country,” coach Ian Franklin, founder of Project Fighting Chance in San Bernardino, said this week. “He will be part of the Paris 2024 team, representing the country at the Olympic Games.”
Washington’s success in the ring from an early age propelled him into local and national limelight, as he and other young boxers from Project Fighting Chance starred in the 2018 Empire Network PBS documentary series “Hopefuls”.
The young athlete has since asserted his will under Franklin’s tutelage, becoming a household name in boxing circles across the country.
And yet the teenager remains humble and hungry, Franklin said.
“He understands it’s a safe alternative to what’s out there,” Franklin said. “He lost two close friends to murder, and he realizes that this is something that has kept him away from these situations, because all he does is go. go to school, go to the gym and come home.
“He’s driven,” Franklin said. “Since he was little, it was ‘I want to be world champion’. You hear this from a lot of people, but it’s the only one I’ve seen where I’m like, “This kid’s got something.”
Washington has won five consecutive national championships before organizers canceled last year’s US championships due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s not easy to win a national title, let alone five,” Franklin said. … “He definitely has that ‘It’ factor and he lives up to the occasion. There is something special.