LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Olympic medalist Nate Jones is one of the most sought after trainers in boxing and he's a member of Floyd Mayweather's Money Team. Jones came to Louisville to scout local talent and mentor local youths in and out of the ring.
"That's big. I take his advice. He tells me what to do, and he's been around the best," said Trevis Burgos, 19.
"I'm going back to Floyd and tell him Floyd, there's some talent here in Louisville," Jones said.
Jones runs a boxing gym in Chicago and is in town to forge a partnership with TKO boxing.
"Me and (James Dixon, TKO) try to show them every day. Every now and then, they do it right, and you feel it from your shoulders to your feet," Jones said.
At TKO, it's much more than learning about jabs and uppercuts, but also life's lessons outside of the ring.
"A lot of kids come in here, they don't have folks from home. They don't have mentors, role models. They don't have somebody. Here, they have somebody pushing on them all the time for excellence," Dixon said.
Kids from all walks of life come into the gym.
"I love seeing new people in here, because that's one less person out on the street. We got somebody in here that's trying to be dedicated," said Dixon's son Carlos, who is also a boxer.
Both male and females are welcome in the gym.
"I mean, I was going to do Ju Jujitsu, then got into this, and you know, I had more fun punching people and all that," Kalista Bryant said.
However, their goals are set much higher than just in the ring success. Burgos is a business major.
"Yeah, hopefully I can manage myself someday. Take a page out of Floyd's book," Burgos said.
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