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Kurt Scoby returns to the ring with new coach, in new weight class

Kurt “Scooby” Scoby celebrates throughout OTX Battle Night time on Friday, August 18, 2023 at OTE Area in Atlanta, Georgia. (Picture by Adam Hagy/OTX)

At his lowest level, Kurt Scoby came upon who was actually on his facet.

Scoby was nonetheless licking his wounds following a sixth spherical stoppage loss to Dakota Linger in April when he was compelled to take inventory of his life and profession. The 28-year-old from Duarte, Calif. had risen up rapidly by means of the ranks since turning professional in 2020. He had gained important publicity by means of Time beyond regulation Boxing, which drew 22,000 likes on a publish whereas hyperbolically evaluating him to Mike Tyson. Now he had come crashing again to Earth with a loss to a relentless spoiler.

After two days of wallowing, Scoby’s fiancee’s father informed him it was time to beat the depend and get again to work. That’s precisely what he intends to do that Friday, when he returns to the Time beyond regulation Elite Area in Atlanta for a six-round bout in opposition to Daniel Lim (11-1, 3 knockouts).

“There are a ton of people that turned their again on me. That at all times occurs while you lose otherwise you do one thing dangerous on this world. This reveals me that I’m nice. I nonetheless have my household, I nonetheless have my son, I nonetheless have my daughter, I nonetheless have my fiancee’ [Christie Bonacci]. These are the folks that actually matter to me. This battle is for them, not the followers, nobody else,” stated Scoby (13-1, 11 knockouts).

This received’t be the identical Scoby that followers noticed final time he was within the ring. He has dropped down a division to light-weight, and can compete at a catchweight of 137 kilos for this outing. He has additionally switched trainers to Hector Bermudez, shifting his coaching base to the Common Coaching Academy in Springfield, Mass. after years of coaching underneath Don Saxby and Leon “Kat” Taylor at Gleason’s Health club in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Scoby, who now makes his house in northeastern Pennsylvania, has been staying within the gymnasium’s residing quarters for the previous two months as he acclimates to a brand new head coach, who had beforehand skilled Javier Fortuna, Danny O’Connor and Carlos Gongora, amongst others.

“I simply wanted a brand new begin and a brand new change,” stated Scoby. “Actually one week after the battle I needed to uproot my residing and are available practice right here. I truly stay within the gymnasium now throughout this battle camp.”

A part of the changes to his preparations, he says, is a deal with his boxing method over his earlier camps, the place power and conditioning was the principle focus.

Co-manager Brandon Stump says the adjustments Scoby made to his coaching camp shall be evident when he steps again within the ring.

“A loss doesn’t defines us, how we reply does. Kurt has bounced again from his final battle and made the required adjustments he felt he wanted. I’m so very pleased with how he has carried himself throughout that difficult, self discovery time,” stated Stump, who manages Scoby with Daniel Gonzalez.

“Scoob is an issue, and for many who don’t imagine in him….watch.”

Lim, 24, is a local of the Philippines who now lives in Deerfield Seaside, Fla. He turned professional in 2015 and received his first ten fights however noticed his profession stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic, staying out of the ring for 2 a half years till mid-2022. His solely defeat, a second spherical stoppage loss to Emiliano Moreno final November, was in his solely earlier battle in america.

Scoby hopes that this battle marks a brand new begin for him.

“I needed to perceive the explanation this occurred to me, and simply you gotta head again to the gymnasium, you gotta get extra in tune with your self after which you possibly can inform your story. On the finish of the day that is all to assist inform my story to somebody who’s struggling on the market. That’s my finish purpose,” stated Scoby.

John Anderson
John Anderson
John Anderson is a seasoned sports journalist with over 15 years of experience covering the NFL, NBA, and MLB. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, John has worked with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His insightful analysis and in-depth reporting have earned him multiple awards in sports journalism.


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