Two Albuquerque boys are rolling with the punches after someone stole their boxing equipment. Now, they’re using their own skills out in public to raise money to buy new gear for an upcoming fight.
“We need your support,” yelled Sheldon Watchman.
If you were driving around Zuni and San Mateo on Monday, you would’ve spotted a couple of boys bobbing and weaving.
“It’s like you’re punching out an imaginary person,” said Sheldon’s older brother Ivan Watchman Jr. “It’s like you’re boxing without gloves and you’re just to get practice.”
The brothers said they’re shadowboxing on the street trying to raise money after their boxing headgear was stolen in July while they were doing conditioning work at Pat Hurley Park.
With matches coming up, they need to replace their gear.
“Help us get some boxing equipment so that we can kick people’s butts on Sep. 6,” yelled Sheldon.
The boys’ father said he got them into boxing two years ago after they were being bullied for their long hair, which is important in their Navajo culture.
“And I told them that your skills are not for bullying,” said their dad Ivan Watchman Sr. “It’s not for anything else except for self-defense and to use for competition in the square arena.”
Their dad said boxing has taught his boys discipline and sportsmanship.
“If they see any kids getting bullied, what are you to do?” asked the dad.
“Help them out,” replied the boys.
As for the boys, they won’t throw in the towel just yet. They’ll be back at the intersection after school hoping to knock out their goal.
KRQE News 13 asked if it was fun: “Yeah, it’s fun,” replied the boys. “We get better everyday.”
The boys are hoping to raise about $500 to buy headgear, mouthpieces, trunks and shoes.