Bayonne man trains for international wheelchair boxing match
A Bayonne man is training for a history-making, international wheelchair boxing match.
Gregory Anthony, 29, says that he is driven to achieve his dreams.
“When I’m hitting this bag, what do I see? I see my life going places that I never expected, but I’m happy it’s going there,” he says.
Anthony used to box standing up. But he was shot nine years ago and is now confined to a wheelchair.
“I had to keep my big boy pants on and keep moving on with life, even if I was walking or rolling,” he says.
Anthony says that he eventually found out about wheelchair boxing.
"We're not in regular wheelchairs, we're in basketball wheelchairs,” he says. “The wheels are tilted and we're able to spin a lot quicker. It's very lightweight."
Anthony will box against Christopher Middleton who's representing Great Britain. According to the World Adaptive Boxing Council's website, it will be the first International Wheelchair Boxing Event with Great Britain versus the United States.
Anthony says that the international match-up helps build a case for wheelchair boxing to be officially included in the Paralympics.
“My ultimate goal as far as wheelchair boxing is to let everybody know across the world that no matter what your situation is, if you're in the disability and you're feeling down, it's a life after this. You can do anything,” he says.
The international match will take place on Nov. 2.