California native, Do Kyung Yun, (DK for short) didn’t think seeing Europe was possible until years after graduating from Georgetown University, fortunately for him collegiate boxing changed all that. Read below as we continue to feature collegiate boxers across the US.
Tue 3/11/14 9:43 PM
When did you start boxing? What inspired you to box?
When I was young, my brothers and I would always re-enact fight scenes from movies. I would always make myself the hero, and they would be the "villians" who attack me. I think these childhood experiences really grounded my interest in combat sports; I began boxing during high school.
Where do you train out of?
Right now, I train out of the Georgetown Boxing Club, but I first started at L.A. Sands Boxing in Los Angeles.
School + Major?
Georgetown, Sociology and Spanish
How were you introduced to collegiate boxing?
After a long layoff from boxing, I wanted to start again, so I looked up boxing gyms in DC, and I found that Georgetown had a club.
What was your reaction when you were presented with overseas traveling opportunities through college boxing?
When I first heard that I would be going to England, it was unreal. I found out a week before, and it was crazy to think that I would be going to England so soon, since I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to travel to Europe until much later on in the future.
How did your training differ upon hearing the news?
I started to taper down my training. I always make sure to keep in shape throughout the year, so it was just a matter of taking things a little easy so that I would be well rested for the fight.
How did your support circle feel about you going across the pond to represent USIBA boxing?
I told my parents a day before I was going. I couldn't really tell through the phone, but I imagine that I shocked them tremendously. I know that they were really happy and excited for me since they'd always tell me to travel the world when I'm young, but I'd always tell them that Europe is too expensive.
What was going through your head once the plane lifted off the ground? What were you thinking once it landed?
I still couldn't believe that I'm going to England. I was super excited and all giggly inside.
How different was the fight experience being in an international opposing teams ring?
I knew that since I'm coming from a rival team and fighting in the opponent's home turf, I really can't leave the decision to the judges. Other than that, nothing much was different. I don't really focus on anyone and anything else other than my opponent, and I always think about stopping my guy, regardless of whom or where I fight.
What were the perks of fighting overseas?
The perks of fighting oversees would definitely be the opportunity to travel and experience a new culture as I absolutely love to travel and immerse myself in a different culture.
What would you like to see happen in collegiate boxing?
I'd like college boxing to become much more widespread. Eventually, I'd like for it to become a varsity sport as it had been in the past.
I don't really follow boxing, so I don't have much to say
I'll win Nationals.
Advice for collegiate boxers?
You get as much as you put in. I fully believe that the way you train is the way you fight.
Last but not least, you have any shoutouts?
My family, for whom I fight for. Also, the Georgetown Boxing Club for being my family away from home
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